Eco package: Too much for too little
The Eco package is only a $400 option, but to purchase it you must also buy the $1,150 convenience package. The convenience package adds features like 15-inch alloy wheels, UVO infotainment, leather-wrapped steering wheel, but does nothing to help save gas. The Kia Rio Eco is EPA rated at 30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. That is 1 mpg better in the city, but one less on the highway when compared to the standard manual-transmission equipped Kia Rio. And even though our time with the car returned a 30 mpg combined rating, it still seems like too much investment for not enough gain. For someone who spends all of their time in the city, the system may be worth it.
Thinking about buying a new car? Interested in the Rio?