Interior Features

Test drivers say the Rio and Rio5 have easy-to-read gauges and generally like the layout of the dash, but the praise ends there. The Rio’s barebones interior comes with a four-speaker audio system, a USB auxiliary input jack and a tilt steering column. You’ll have to go up a trim to get other basics like air conditioning and power windows and doors, which will cost you $14,995. Bluetooth is optional, but only on upper trims.

The Kia Forte is a much better deal. Although it’s $1,165 more than the Rio, it’s a great value because you get the basics like air conditioning and modern features like Bluetooth and SIRIUS Satellite Radio that aren’t standard with most affordable small cars.

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    Instrument panel overview
    1. Driver's Front Air Bag .......................3-33 2. Light Control / Turn Signals..............4-47 3. Instrument Cluster............................4-32 4. Wiper/Washer...................... ...

    Comfort
    While the front cabin in the Rio offers a bit more head room than the typical sedan, there honestly isn't much of a difference. While the rear of the typical sedan provides a bit more head- and le ...

    On the Road
    During our seat time in and around Seattle, we test drove an EX with the Fuel Economy Package and an SX version. We found the EX's 5-speed automatic a bit annoying in its rush to get into fifth ...