Crash-test scores for the 2011 Kia Rio and Rio5 are far from great—and besides being one of the lowest-rated small cars for safety, its standard safety features are a solid step behind most
The Rio earns just 'acceptable' ratings in most test areas from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but it's one of few cars this year to earn a 'poor' score in side impact. And while it hasn't been tested in the new, more rigorous federal tests being introduced for 2011, the Rio earned a mix of four- and five-star results in the previous tests, with just three stars for side impact. We see a clear message to take away from this: the Rio's side impact protection isn't impressive.
There are six airbags standard on the 2011 Rio, including side, curtain, and dual front airbags. Active front headrests and anti-lock brakes are now standard on all Rio and Rio5 models, but electronic stability control still isn't at all offered.
One positive thing about the Rio and Rio5 is that outward visibility are good; thanks to a low beltline and ample rear window glass.