A brand-new vehicle built on a new platform, the Kia Rio is ahead of the game, insofar as safety scores are concerned. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the new Rio. We'll update this rating as soon as official data is released.
Otherwise, the Rio improves its protection for passengers with more standard and optional safety gear. The usual dual front, side, and curtain airbags are standard, as are anti-lock brakes and stability control, as well as hill-start assist. A rearview camera is an option--and recommended, since the five-door Rio has some notable blind spots at the rear pillars--and Bluetooth is available, and also a feature we recommend for safer driving.