08/22/14 ID: 9213

Kia’s Fuel-sipping Hatchback Continues to Deliver a Sporty Feel and an Active Look

  • Rio 5-door delivers efficient performance with 138-hp Gasoline Direction Injection (GDI) engine
  • Kia’s subcompact remains a strong contender in its segment with outstanding style, technology and value

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 22, 2014 – Kia Motors America’s 2015 Rio 5-door continues to offer spirited road manners, tremendous value and cutting-edge features.  The award-winning subcompact includes an abundance of standard amenities, safety features and outstanding interior space.  A combination of world-class styling and advanced technologies make the Rio line-up an exceptional value.

The Rio 5-door’s previous model included changes to the engine as well as the body and rear bumper, providing improved aerodynamics.  Last year also brought a revised smart key, which offers remote access and a folding design for convenience, as well as interior features including a new water temperature gauge and an enhanced leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Available in three trims – LX, EX and SX – the 2015 Rio 5-door is offered with a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or efficient six-speed automatic.  Previously available on only EX and SX trims, the 2015 model now offers LX customers the option of a six-speed automatic transmission with Kia’s Active ECO system,  which optimizes fuel efficiency when activated.  The Rio 5-door produces 138 horsepower with a fuel economy rating of 27/37 mpg (city/highway)1.  

A sport-tuned suspension, front ventilated disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels and paddle shifters, give the 2015 Rio 5-door SX a sporty feel.  Meanwhile, Rio 5-door EX and SX models offer a chrome front grille surround, power windows with driver’s one-touch auto-up/down, power door locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls2, and a tilt and telescopic steering column.

Impressive technology features also come standard on all trims, including an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio unit with SiriusXM Satellite Radio capabilities3, and auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting MP3 players with full iPod®4 and MP3 controllability via the audio head unit and steering wheel-mounted controls.

Available packaging upgrades for the Rio 5-door LX include the Power Package (automatic transmission only), which adds power windows with automatic up/down functionality on the driver's window, and remote keyless entry. For the EX trim, the available Convenience Package includes 15-inch alloy wheels, UVO ®5 voice-activated infotainment system, Rear Camera Display6, automatic headlamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators, front fog lights, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, and dual map lights. An available ECO Package can be added to the EX trim when the Convenience Package has been selected, which adds Idle, Stop and Go (ISG) technology for enhanced fuel efficiency. The luxurious Premium Package available on the SX trim offers a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic, push-button start with Smart Key, leather seat trim, heated front seats and a power tilt/slide sunroof, giving the vehicle an open, airy feel.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.  KMA proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and surpassed the 500,000 annual sales mark for the second consecutive year in 2013 following the launch of seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles.   KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900** flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door subcompacts and the Sedona minivan, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the United States.  Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs.

Information about KMA and its full vehicle line-up is available at www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.  To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

1 Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.

2 Driving while distracted is dangerous and should be avoided. Drivers should remain attentive to driving and always exercise caution when using the steering-wheel-mounted controls while driving.

3 Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month trial included with vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM Customer Agreement at siriusxm.com© 2011 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.

4 iPod® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. iPod® mobile digital device sold separately.

5 Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

6 The Rear-Camera Display is not a substitute for proper and safe backing-up procedures. The Rear-Camera Display may not display every object behind the vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution when backing up.

** 2015 K900 V8 available in select trims and in select markets with limited availability.

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