2009 Kia Rio Named to the ACEEE ‘Greenest Vehicles of 2009’ List

2009 Kia Rio

Kia┬átoday announced that the 2009 Rio sub-compact sedan has been named as one of the “Greenest Vehicles of 2009” by the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Rio was chosen for its low-level emissions and impressive fuel economy.

“Today more than ever consumers are looking for vehicles that are not only fuel efficient but ecologically friendly,” said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing, KMA. “Rio demonstrates that being green and offering impressive fuel economy does not mean that value and quality need to be compromised.”

According to the ACEEE, the “Greenest Vehicles of 2009” list includes the most environmentally friendly vehicles available to consumers during the 2009 model year, and only the top-scoring configuration of each vehicle is included in the list. A full list can be found at .

Available in base, LX and SX trims, all vehicles in the Rio lineup feature a 1.6-liter DOHC four-cylinder CVVT engine, which produces a peppy110 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with the standard five-speed manual transmission – available for LX and SX trims – Rio and Rio5 are capable of 27/33 (city/highway) mpg.

The Rio line also offers an extensive list of standard safety technology, including: dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, side-impact door beams, an impact absorbing steering column, front and rear crumple zones, front and rear three-point seatbelts, front seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters, Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children (LATCH), and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). A four-sensor, four-channel antilock brake system (ABS) is an available option on LX and SX models.

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