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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Scott writes:
2002 Kia Rio Base Review
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2

Pros

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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Anna writes:
2002 Kia Rio Review
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4

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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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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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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r2b2 writes:
2002 Kia Rio Base Review
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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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Kay writes:
2002 Kia Rio Base Review
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3

Pros

Good gas mileage

Cons

maintenance is high priced

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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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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

2001 Kia Rio Reviews

They Should Have Changed Its Back End It Looks Like A Space Ship By iggyshadow

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 r... Read More

...... By Michael

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 engin... 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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