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GREEN | 8 out of 10
28 mpg city, 36 highway (automatic); 29/37 (manual); 30/36 (automatic Eco)
No worries, as the 5-door scooted around other traffic with the heart of a determined champion and delivered an average for the trip of just over 35 mpg according to the on-board trip computer.
the Rio and Accent tie for second in fuel mileage ratings among all 2012 small cars that are non-hybrid and gasoline-powered.
The acronym stands for "Idle Stop and Go," which is a fuel-saving system that turns off the engine when the car is stopped and seamlessly turns it on again when the brake pedal is released. This eco-smart mechanism is good for approximately one more mpg across the board, according to Kia.
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The traffic-congested streets and freeways near our office did our fuel economy no favors, so the best we could manage was about 25 mpg in mixed driving conditions.
The 2014 Kia Rio is reasonably good on gas, thanks to its engine's direct injection technology, and the car's rather lightweight construction in general. But with no models in the lineup getting more than 32 mpg Combined--or even hitting the 40-mpg highway mark--it's not an especially high achiever in fuel economy.
In theory, the Rio is also offered in an Eco model, which includes ISG (Idle Stop and Go) technology that will automatically turn the engine off at some stoplights to save gasoline and automatically restart it when you lift off the brake. Also included in the package are low-rolling resistance tires and a few aerodynamic improvements. We say 'in theory,' because Kia still has cold feet about delivering the package--although we hope they do for 2014.
The 2014 Kia Rio is rated at 28/36 mpg (31 combined) with the automatic transmission or 29/37 (32 combined) with the manual transmission. Get that Eco package and ratings are up to 30/36 mpg (32 combined).
Gas mileage for the 2014 Kia Rio is merely average for its class.