Only few years ago we have received new, redesigned model of Kia Rio and for 2014 we are getting only small changes. There is no doubt that 2014 Kia Rio will offer some really nice features like it was with 2013 model and we are sure that it will be strong competitor on the market.
The Rio is now among our chosen subcompacts on today’s market, beating out other models like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent, though the Chevy Sonic remains our favorite of them all.
The Rio gets there with reliable drivetrains, fantastic features and great product packaging, however it’s the snappy styling that first makes its case. The five-door hatchback’s even more winning than the four-door sedan, for sure, however both have actually sworn off the benign, bubbly shape of the previous vehicle for a sculpted, nicely in-depth appearance that uses Kia’s signature grille with economy-car style. As good as it gets outside, the Rio’s interior seems even much better: some throwback information recall the best of the 1980s econoboxes, down to the toggle switches over for climate controls, however there’s likewise a huge LCD screen incorporated nicely and soft-touch trim on the majority of versions that matches the magnificence days of Japan’s best little vehicles of the past.
New Kia Rio
A single engine powers all Rio body styles and trims, and it’s provided with a choice of transmissions. The front-drive 2014 Kia Rio sports a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 138 horse power and direct injection– similar to the Accent’s output with the exact same engine, and to the output of the turbocharged 1.4-liter Chevy Sonic. The Rio does not feel as energetic as the Sonic, but the automatic we’ve driven has quick enough reflexes to keep the revvy four from slowing down. A stop/start function, postponed from the 2012 model year, arrives this year and increases the Rio’s EPA city score to 30 mpg (from 28 otherwise with automatic).
Compared with the previous Rio, the brand-new car rides and manages in a completely various course. We choose the Chevy Sonic’s genuinely excited handling and the Fiesta’s sporty energy steering, but the Rio fares better in its tuning than any small Kia before. For an automobile with such a short wheelbase, and such a basic strut and twist-beam rear suspension, the 2014 Kia Rio damps its ride well, and doesn’t bound or crash unless the road surface swells with great deals of long, rising bumps or deep pits. The electricity steering does not have much feedback, but the weight is called in at least to mirror the response rate of the suspension– and it’s a little stiffer on the a little more sporty SX.
Kia pitches the Rio squarely in the subcompact course, with 88 cubic feet of indoor space. Vehicles like the Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent put more cubes on paper with their boxy rear ends, and the Nissan Versa is a bit larger. The Rio lines up best together with the Ford Fiesta, with a 101.2-inch wheelbase, a total hatchback length of about 160 inches, and a cargo hold determining 15 cubic feet (13.7 in the sedan, which goes on sale late in 2011). The Rio’s front seats have good, long bottom cushions and great, long seat travel, putting a good foot forward for solo drivers or pairs of adults. The back seat is more confined than in the Fit, without any adult-sized knee or head room to spare; its Accent cousin does a better job of providing space for four, and in luggage room too, where the Rio’s nicely squared-off cargo hold nonetheless leaves the right kind of space for roll-on bags and Costco boxes.
2014 Kia Rio Review
Safety scores aren’t yet available from the IIHS, but the NHTSA gives the 2014 Kia Rio four stars overall. It has the usual airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control, as well as hill-start aid. A rearview camera is an option, as is Bluetooth.
While we’ve verified the 2013 Rio is almost identical to the 2012 model, rates hasn’t been made final. Last year’s Rio five-doors came with a pricetag of about $14,350 including a $750 destination charge, and we anticipate the brand-new model year won’t bring much change.
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The 2014 Kia Rio SX adds 17-inch wheels and sport tuning; larger front brakes; fog lamps; power-folding heated side mirrors; and LED taillamp and headlamp accents. Significant choices consist of UVO on Ex Lover models; a navigation system that changes the UVO system on SX models; pushbutton start on the SX; and also on the SX, leather seats, a sunroof, and front seat heating.