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Average User Score
3.5 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 12 reviews
2003 Kia Rio Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 12 reviews
Exterior bodywork and some engineering tweaks mark the changes to the 2003 Kia Rio sedan and Rio Cinco wagon. Both get a new front grille, fascia, bumpers, and headlights. The sedan also gets redesigned taillights. The suspension has been reworked, disc brakes and stabilizer bars made bigger, and the steering column redesigned all in the name of better handling and reduced shudder. The 2003 Rio also gets a new, more powerful I4 engine, a 1.6-liter, 104-hp twin cam, still with a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The subcompact Rio is a favorite car for budget drivers and those in need of a zippy city car that fits into small parking spaces. The Cinco wagon has extra storage, up to 44.3 cubic feet with the seats down. Rear seats in the sedan do not fold down. For 2003, the dash and center console are redesigned, and more storage compartments and cupholders are added. Automatic headlights, rear heater vents, and variable intermittent wipers are new for both trims, and the Cinco gets a standard CD player. New options for both models are foglights, dual map lights, and a sunglass holder. The Cinco wagon can add a body-colored rear spoiler.
Being one of the cheapest cars on the market, the 2003 Rio sedan comes with no power features. This year, the Cinco gets power windows, and a new Power Package adds power windows and locks to the sedan. The Cinco has more standard equipment than the sedan, with a rear wiper, tachometer, and power steering. With each year, the Rio is improving, and owners love its energetic new engine, which doesn't hurt the great fuel economy. The 2003 Rio is also surprisingly roomy, with good headroom. Some complain that warranty service has been bad, despite the great 5-year/10-year offer, and the rear legroom is tight, as it is in most subcompacts.
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Kia Rio Questions
Kia Rio 2003 1.5 L Sedan Over Heating
i have changed spark plug before and i have checked compatibility list in NGK site and bought Iridium one so first thing i have changed and set default spark plug i have went to lots of mechanics an...
I Have 2003 Kia Rio And I Think I Need A New Plate How To Fix It?
I have a 2003 Kia Rio and in February it would start off and on, had the battery checked and alternator checked they are good so replaced the starter now it won't start at all, so we push start it m...
Will A Head Off Of A 04 Kia Rio 1.5 Fit On A 03 Kia Rio 1.5 ?
2003 Kia Rio Cinco Won't Start
Checked fuel pump/filter..spark..fuel at rail..catalytic convertor..relay...diagnostic stated can position sensor so it was changed too.
How Do I Remove The Bottom Cover From The Steering Column?
I am trying to access the ignition lock cylinder. I removed the 3 screws from the bottom of the steering column cover and separated it from the top half, which removed without a problem. Now how do I...