2002 Kia Rio User Reviews

2002 Kia Rio Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 9 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
"cheap car" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

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r2b2 writes:
2002 Kia Rio Base Review
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5

Pros

Overall quality, reliability, comfort for long trips, mpg, fun to drive

Cons

Interior quality, but ok until 120K= miles

r2b2
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Fantastic Compact Car! Highly Recommended, Great Price For An Underrated Performer — 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 now, and the speedometer reading is fluctuating. Interior ratings pertain to gear shift lever, tape player which failed a few months ago, seat adjustment mechanism. Wonderful car, am going to upgrade to a newer one soon.

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RioRcR writes:
2002 Kia Rio Base Review
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5

Pros

cheap to drive, great A/C

Cons

Not a family car, but carries 4 comfortably.

RioRcR
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Simply Put, Kia Does Have The Power To Surprise. — 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 25mpg in town and 32mpg highway (my own results). Reliable, comfortable, and roomy for the small car it is. Looks that are all its own with smooth flowing body lines from the front all the way to the back. Absloutely a blast to drive when put to the test. Car handles well in hard cornering with minimal understeer. Slightly modified suspension yeilds unparalleled handling. Easy to work on which keeps maininence costs WAY down. Factory brakes are a bit lacking, yet with inexpensive rotor and pad upgrades, braking becomes superior. Acceleration is quick, for a car of it's size, with a 0-60 time of around 9 seconds (my modified Rio squeezes it in at just under 6 seconds). Car is good on gas, and does not require expensive maintinence, yet as stated does demand a good maintinence schedule.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jayive34 writes:
2002 Kia Rio Base Review
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4

Pros

cheaper than an Impreza, good looking (not as much as an Impreza), does not have ABS.

Cons

no A/C, no power steering, lack of power. people judge it because it a Kia

jayive34
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The Lack Of Any Option Makes It A Great Car For Beginer. — 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 about this car, is the lack of option. But there some option I would not want, like ABS.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Anna writes:
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Pros

This car is economical and makes a good commuter

Cons

It's small.  

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I Love It Since It Is Paid Off! — 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 model. It has been driven hard all it's life. It has a cracked windshiedl, a door that does not work right, but....it starts every day and it runs fine. I have no complaints we will drive it til it dies.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kay writes:
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3

Pros

Good gas mileage

Cons

maintenance is high priced

35

I Guess If You Need A Cheap Car For Now To Drive Then Its Worth It — *Performance - accelration is ok, braking needs some work, handling is alittle bad right now needs alinement *Build Quality - it has need alot of minor repairs, body rattles though *Appearance - Interior is good but exterior needs work(need a new hood and has some minor to major dents that need repair) *Cost of Ownership - gas mileage is about 35mpg highway and 28mpg through town, maintenance is alittle pricey for my income though *Fun Factor - the car is sometimes fun yto drive when it is running good and i have money to put gass into her

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Scott writes:
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handles well

Cons

it's not the best looking

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Ok For A Commuting Car...not For A Personal Car I'd Say — Honestly, it's not that bad of a car, i just don't personally like it, it doesn't suit me... I mean, it still gets great gas mileage, and that is a major plus to the car, but the fact that it's a hatchback, personally for me, ruins it a bit.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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dcdan writes:
2002 Kia Rio Base Review
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5

Pros

tough,sturdy,dependible,easily repaired

Cons

hard to find

dcdan
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Great Little Car — 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 like the overall durability of these little rios

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John-David writes:
2002 Kia Rio Cinco Review
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3

Pros

cheap and easy

Cons

cheap and too easily put together

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Good Idea Bad Idea — it's a great first new car - too bad it's a POS. gas milage is awesome. after 100,000 it's time for a new one! clutches and transmissions don't last more than 2-3 years.

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Rhia writes:
2002 Kia Rio Cinco Review
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4

Pros

Cheap to buy, cheap to insure, cheap to run

Cons

High tax category, despite smallish engine, not so cheap on parts

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Not Bad For The Price! — Great little run about for not so much money! Great potential, but a bit of a problem if you want to get any performance or styling parts for it!

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Reviews From Other Years

2012 Kia Rio Reviews

Average To Almost Good By Porsche931

I loved the look of the car, this is what drew mw to it, I did test drive one, but a short drive around the street is not like living with it day to day, the engine is harsh, unusual sounds from under... Read More

A Modern Subcompact That Needs No Excuses. By Sandro

Would trade some handling sharpness for a softer ride, steering feel is close to nil and very sensative to cross winds on freeways. Kia should head hunt some Ford chassis engineers like it did with Au... Read More

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2011 Kia Rio Reviews

Great Little Car Will Enjoy It For Years By Chris_Kia1

Great little gas saver so who could complain, but I think it needs a 6th gear. Engine seems to whine above 50, I haven't gone over 70 but for gas savings I shouldn't any way. Read More

It's A Lovely Car To Drive And It's White. By Tommy

Performance very good, acceleration,there when you want it,braking very sharp,handling,goes where you want it to go,built, very solid,No repairs needed,No squeaks or rattles, appearance, looks very st... Read More

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2009 Kia Rio Reviews

Very Likeable By esther178

excellent gas mileage and handles like a dream best car i have driven in a long time my new car has the look and feel of a more expensive vehicle Read More

Great Car By Courtney

gets graet gas mileage. It handles good. It is alittle bumpy but not to bad. So far I believe it was built good, but I have only had it fo four months. I think it is a fun car to drive. Read More

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2008 Kia Rio Reviews

An Excellent Vehicle For Getting Around Town Or Going On A Trip Is Even Better. By bobbyd154

I have saved over a zillion dollars on gasoline using this vehicle. I average 36 miles per gallon around town and recently, as well as when I first purchased it, I get an average of 42 mile per gallo... Read More

Great For Small Family By mrshenry

Fun, cute little car. Good for small family. Good gas mileage, handles well, even in snow. Has been reliable and hasn't had any problems. AUX port makes it easy to plug in my ipod and listen to some g... Read More

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2007 Kia Rio Reviews

Buy One Or Two Now By Courtney

very economical , massive boot , cold as air con , arm rest drivers seat , no squeaks or rattles after 60000 klms of driving has not broken down or let us down at all ,regular servicing and tires only... Read More

About My Kia Rio By Jude

Just that it never comes with alloy rims, leather interiors , loader cd player, etc....more like a corporate car...but has got every other simplicity of a car..With a little modifications on it, like ... Read More

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