This is the second Kia my wife and I own, the first a 2009 Rondo. I was in the market for a second vehicle and wanted a pickup truck but was turned off by the terrible gas mileage the pickups were getting. At three plus dollars a gallon it�s all about the gas mileage for me and the Kia Rio gets very good gas mileage. So far I have been averaging 27 miles per gallon city. I haven�t taken it on any long highway trips yet but expect it to get the posted mileage of 35 miles per gallon. It is small. I am 6 feet tall and 220 pounds and fit just right in the driver�s seat, however, I don�t think a person much bigger than me would be very comfortable though. It does not have the best acceleration but it isn�t the worst I have experienced. It has a 1.6 liter engine. I believe it�s the Toyota engine which is a great motor so I am confident in its quality. The Rio I bought has no bells and whistles; no power windows; no power mirrors; no power seats; no power locks, which suits me just fine. Too many extras mean too many possible problems down the road. The car is very sharp looking with a sleek looking grill. So far it handles well and it has the best turning radius of any car I have ever owned. The back seats lie down so I can haul longer items than the trunk would normally fit, which works fine for me. The CD player works fine with a decent sound system, I don�t need anything too loud. I don�t like the arm rest, it is attached to the driver�s seat making for a tight fit for me with it down so most of the time I place it in the up position and I don�t like the glove compartment latching mechanism, it is very cheaply made and I can see this eventually not keeping the compartment closed. All and all, I like the Rio and would recommend it to a friend. Like I said it is all about the gas mileage.
The gas mileage on this car is great, but the tank is pretty small. I had a Toyota Camry before this car that held about 16 gallons. The Rio in comparison holds around 10 or 11. I have to fill up every week, but when I fill up it's only about $20. The only thing I dislike about the car is the acceleration. I knew when getting the car that the acceleration wasn't going to be great, but in order to get up to speed, you often times have to floor it. I have had issues with the engine coils, but Carmax fixed it for a reasonable price. So far I have only had the car a few months, but I am hoping to get at least a few years out of it. Overall, I think it is a pretty good car and would recommend it to anyone looking for a small, fuel efficient car.
I really like the Rio. It gets good gas mileage and runs great.