Bought the Rio primarily as a commuter car, with fuel economy in mind. Test drove similar compacts from Hyundai, GM, Honda, Nissan. Availability of basic models of the other cars was a factor - due to the popularity of these cars during the cash-for-clunkers incentive. The Rio handles freeway speeds without feeling like a compact. It has a solid feel. It's not quiet in the cab, but it's not loud or tinny either. Handling is good, acceleration fair. I'm considering upgrading from 14" to 15" wheels and tires for a bigger car feel. Easy to park with very good visibility and only a small blind spot. Mileage ranges from 29-34 with mostly highway driving. I won't keep it forever, but it suits my needs until I can afford an upgrade. I'll consider other Kias.
2007 Kia Rioeskimoboy - , 05/05/2013
It would had been nice to have a tranmitter for the alarm on the car. Ishouldn't have to buy one.
SX is the way to go
2007 Kia Rio - Kennesaw, GA11/20/2010
This is a peppy little car, I get about 34 MPG and 380 miles per fill up if shifting at 3k RPM. I'm six foot tall and it fits me fine. Cup holds are in an annoying place. Lots of safety stuff built in. Not having cruise control kinda sucks. The back seats and trunk are surprisingly roomy.
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