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This car is a great car. It shifts seemlessly and has great control. It could do with a little better suspension and I was little dissapointed with its gas milage but it still gets between 26 and 28 mpg. Overall this is a great car. MY friends, family and I love it!
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.
I got this car at 80k miles so right off the bat I can't complain about a few things. I didn't get it new so I couldn't maintain it from the start so I don't know how it was handled before I owned it. It is a decent car for the price that will get you where you need to go. It is a bare bones model with basically no features. That being said, it has decent gas mileage being a light 4 cylinder. Repairs are super easy because the engine is very accessible. You MUST replace the timing belt on this car before you drive it away used or EVERY 60k miles or you'll have problems. Also, be gentle with her because these cars are not built tough at all. The engine will run reliably but the car is almost too underpowered. It's just value.