The Rio Sedan has two options, the four-door sedan and a four-door hatchback. It also has three trim levels. The three trim levels offered are the base model, the LX, and the SX, which is more sporty. The base trim offers standard power mirrors, 14 inch steel wheels, tilt steering wheel, four speaker CD/MP3 stereo, cloth upholstery, USB audio input, and satellite radio. The LX trim level offers more features including antilock brakes, air-conditioning, 60/40 split folding rear seats, and power steering. The most expensive and most advance trim is the SX, which offers foglights, cruise control, heated outside mirrors with turn signals that are integrated, remote keyless entry, upgraded cloth upholstery, steering wheel that is wrapped in leather and contains audio controls, Bluetooth, and a 6 speaker sound system instead of the standard 4 speakers that are offered on the base trim. If a consumer is hesitating on spending money on the SX, there is the option to purchase a value package to the LX trim that includes many but not all features that are present on the SX trim level.
The 2011 Kia Rio does not rank as high as other models for safety. It got a score of poor, which is the lowest score possible for side-impact test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But it did get a score of acceptable in frontal-offset crashes. The acceptable score is the second highest of four scores that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives out. Another set of tests, gave the Rio four starts out of a possible five starts for driver protection and five stars for passenger protection in frontal impacts. The Rio received four stars for front seat occupants side impact and three stars for rear seat passengers. However, these are the 2010 ratings, which are less strenuous than the 2011 tests that the Rio has not gone through yet. The Rio offers standard safety features such as six airbags, pressure monitoring, side-impact airbags, child safety locks, and side curtain airbags. Optional safety features include antilock brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The Rio Sedan unlike many Kia models, lacks many standard features. However, there are still features that should appeal to the majority of consumers. The base model offers standard MP3 input and SIRIUS satellite radio on the audio system. Drivers can pack a large amount of cargo in the 11.9 cubic feet of storage area present in the Rio. The Rio also offers standard safety features including side-impact airbags, child-safety locks, and side curtain airbags. Also, drivers can get the optional 60/40 split folding rear seats. However, the Rio does not offer a base sunroof, air-conditioning, power windows, power door locks, leather seats, and power seats. Consumers should look into the trim levels to add to the many features that are not present in the base model.