After driving a 4-door Mazada Protege for years, the Kia Rio seems comfortable and familiar to me. It handles well and is a quiet ride. I like that I found one with a few customized features like tinted windows and custom interior. It's a small car, but still feels quite roomy. Although the manufacturer info says the car gets 38 mpg, I've found it's really more like 30 mpg in city driving - which I'm happy with. My only two gripes - I don't have cruise control which I find odd in a car with some customized features. Not sure if that's a standard Kia move. And the most annoying - the seatbelt bell!! It's not an electronic beep, but rather an actual tinny sounding bell that goes on far too long. Believe me I am never without my seatbeat. Put it on before you start it up because that bell sound gets burned into your brain. But, really, what a small issue. Otherwise, I'm liking my Kia!
Pros- Good car for anyone looking for a first car on a budget, Nice design interior, perfect for someone who is short to average height, $20 dollars for full gas tank most of the time, speakers sounds good, Car heats up in 15 mins or less and liked the no cup holder idea. Cons- LOTS of cargo noise, little car gets blinded by everyone's beaming lights, takes a minute to get into driving fast, Car slides bad during winter, and even on Eco gas can still get away from you.
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.