2001 Kia Rio User Reviews

2001 Kia Rio Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars2.7 out of 5 stars 2.7 / 5
  • Appearance:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Overall: 3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5

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PROS
"cheap car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"cost" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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iggyshadow writes:
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4

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no matter what the car looks like that motor wont give up

Cons

slow

iggyshadow
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They Should Have Changed Its Back End It Looks Like A Space Ship — with mod muffler mod intake its slow but when upgrade the sound system is a A+ for me sounds like a Subaru and the handling is to die for. its when a senser goes out man its slow all well liove hate relationship i give this car 81 of 100

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Michael writes:
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4

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Reliable transportation, easy to 'park, great fuel economy

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Cheap set of wheels, doors too light, unrefined 1.3 4 cylinder, hard plastic inside, don't feel really safe, red paint job

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...... — I've had this kia for over 12 years and only have 35000 miles on it, not joking, and it's so far very reliable. It's easy to park, and it's GREAT on fuel. However, I don't feel very safe and the engine is rather unrefined and works hard to pull the car around. I hope this will last till the next 12 years.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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aajohnson1975 writes:
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Repairs are too pricey. You can't find parts at your local parts store. EVERYTHING is a "special order"  Too much hassle.

aajohnson1975
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Good Car But When It Breaks Down....it's A Nightmare!! — When the car is running...it runs great. When it breaks down...it's a nightmare!!

Owner for 1 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:1,500

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Faisal writes:
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i love how it handles on the road

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the appearance sucks

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Makes A Great Rental — performance is O.K, great handling, looks ugly in the inside and out, very light, the price is cheap and the maintenance cost is cheap,I've been told it has a great fuel economy, it's fun to drive but not to own.

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John writes:
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Cheap, Low Running Cost, Good for learner drivers

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It has attributes of $16000 (AUS) car.
Slow down for corners.

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Good For Learners, Everything You'd Expect From A Car In Its Price Range. — Looks infinitely better with Tint, Rear Spoiler, Alloy Wheels and Xenon Lights. Plastic interior, things rattle sometimes. And can't expect too much performance from a car that cost $16000 (AUS).

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Emily writes:
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its compact but still roomy enough to have more than two people in it

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people say its a pos because its a kia

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Its A Kia But Its The Best Thing And The Next Thing I Would Buy Again — performance- brakes excellent, slow on acceleration. consistent with times. handling- very good... build quality- ij havent had to fix anything on this, except the usual things oil change tires... i love driving my car its awesome great on gas and its good around town.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kalinga writes:
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economical

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Basic But Gd — nica car,very economical and basic performance.Just read other reports and agree what a great little value car a Rio is. A lot of so called road tests are very biased against Kia - most people can’t afford the expensive cars Clarkson crows over so as a Kia owner I would advise anyone to go and make their own mind up you wont be disappointed. The Magentis is a great value for the money car as well second-hand.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Kenneth writes:
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Affordable car!

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Lack of power.

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2001 Kia Rio — I have a 2001 Kia Rio; it would be a great little car if it worked properly. It lacks power on take off but once you get going it works great. I'm not really keen on the color of the car but I'm very please with the aerodynamics. It's small body makes it easy on gas and it handles very well, even in the winter months.

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John writes:
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Cheap, Low Running Cost, Good for learner drivers

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It has attributes of AUS $16000 car.

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Good For Learners, Pretty Good For Its Price Range. — Looks infinitely better with Tint, Rear Spoiler, Alloy Wheels and Xenon Lights. Plastic interior, things rattle sometimes. And can't expect too much performance from a car that cost AUS $16000.

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Jillo writes:
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Cheap, reliable, paid off

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I felt a little silly driving my bright yellow college car when I turned 30, so I traded him in. With gas prices up, I regret my decision sometimes.

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Perfect Student Car. — Nasty Color the Kia Rio was bright yellow, cheap, and reliable. I drove him from TX to NY and back with zero trouble. Cold A/C in the summer, warm heater in the winter, and a fantastic warranty. Kias are not "sexy." But having money leftover after making your payments is sexy.

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Reviews From Other Years

2002 Kia Rio Reviews

The Lack Of Any Option Makes It A Great Car For Beginer. By jayive34

This is my very first car, and to be honeset, I was hoping for a Subaru Impreza. But I am happy with my Rio. It's fun to drive and it has great acceleration for its class. What I dislike the most abou... Read More

I Love It Since It Is Paid Off! By Anna

Well the kids must have added this to my profile, I did not, but while we are at it....it's a 2003. It has 150K plus miles on it. It never had a radio or an air conditioner or anything, a strip mode... Read More

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2003 Kia Rio Reviews

Still Like It. By John

like it, wouldn't buy another. uncomfortable and feel every crack in the road. stick shift getting to be a pain at my age. vibration and I done everything I read (I think). now I need help. can not ... Read More

This Car Is Very Reliable And Is Low On Fuel Costs And Upkeep, Just Not The Car For A Tall Person. By Timothy

I've had this car for a couple of years now and it has proven to be very reliable. This vehicle will by no means win you any car show trophies but it gets the job done with low gas costs. I bought the... Read More

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2004 Kia Rio Reviews

Okay, Inexpensive Car. By theperson

You get what you pay for. I would say that it is an OK value for what you get though. My car has a little over 100,000 miles and I got it for 2,300, so that is a lot cheaper than you would be able to ... Read More

This Car Has A Mind Of It's Own. By analyn100

The car runs wonderfully, no mechanical problems if properly maintained - the timing belt being the only mechanical problem the car has ever had and like I said, that was my fault. But the electrical ... Read More

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2005 Kia Rio Reviews

2005 Kia Rio Base By NRichardson34

The 2005 KIA Rio isn't the best car, but there's a few good things to say about it. It's cute, fun to drive, peppy, has in-control handling, and it's good on gas, but that's about it. It's pretty smal... Read More

Mia The Wonder Kia By Kari

This Rio is our first introduction to the Kia brand and we're very pleased! This little car has made us a solid Kia customers. It is one of our daily commute cars and our dedicated long trip vehicle... Read More

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2006 Kia Rio Reviews

When Your Larger Vehicle Is Too Expensive For Gas Thats Where This Car Comes In. By 70_PlumCrazyCuda

It's a nice alternative when gas prices went crazy. Decent room in the front seats. Very impressive trunk space on such a small car. Has a little higher ground clearance then most cars in its class wh... Read More

Kia Rio 1.5 Crdi By Andrei

good car for the money you pay. it has a 1.5 liter diesel engine, very nice strong, for it's capacity and good fuel consumption. everything works fine and looks as new after 4 years of ownership. i wo... Read More

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