2002 Kia Rio Overview


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3.95 stars

Based on 10 reviews

Simply Put, Kia Does Have The Power To Surprise. by RioRcR
 — Good quality transportation in a nice package. Does require you to stay on a strict maininence schedule. Has enough power in stock form to get out of its own way. Great on gas, with an average of 25mp... Read More
Fantastic Compact Car! Highly Recommended, Great Price For An Underrated Performer by r2b2
 — Fantastic small car, first major repair at 131K (rear bearings $115 p&l), second at 161K (gear shift lever $298 p&l). Very comfortable on long trips, get 28mpg city, 35mpg highway. Car has 162K miles... Read More
Great Little Car by dcdan
 — Solid little car.can plow through three feet of snow.Has great get-up-and-go.flipped three times before totaled.engine is in new rio and runs great.not bad and all of this get 40 mile per gallon.I lik... Read More

2002 Kia Rio Overview

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2002 Kia Rio

Kia Rio.  No, it's not the call of an exotic bird, but actually a plain subcompact sedan that at one time was the cheapest car in America.  And some would say it showed in the initial quality, reliability, and features.  The 2002 Kia Rio sedan does not go through any changes this year, but it is joined by the Rio Cinco, a 5-door wagon.  It shares the 1.5-liter, 96-hp I4 engine and choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.  But the 2002 Rio Cinco comes with a few more features that make it attractive to budget commuters looking for a little versatility.

With a 27/32 mpg, long-term warranty, and low price tag, the 2002 Rio is a great starter car.  It comes with air intermittent wipers, dual front-side airbags, 13-inch wheels, and power brakes.  The Rio Cinco adds a tachometer, cassette player, power steering, and a tilt steering wheel.  Power windows, locks, and mirrors are not offered even as an option.  Unlike the sedan, the rear seats in the Rio Cinco fold down to expand the 24.8 cubic foot trunk to 44.3 cubic feet.  Unfortunately they don't fold flat.  In comparison, the 2002 Rio sedan's trunk holds 9.2 cubic feet.  

Generally, owners appreciate the extra trunk space in the Rio and the folding seats, something they wish was in the sedan.  Though not winning any races, the engine is peppy because the Rio is so lightweight, and owners like the size for fitting into city parking spaces.  Headroom is also ample for a subcompact, and front legroom is good.  Rear legroom is suitable for kids.  The 2002 Rio also rates highly for comfort.  On the negative side, owners report numerous visits to the mechanic to deal with transmission and brake problems.  They also don't like that there are few standard or optional features.


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