2005 Kia Rio Overview


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Average User Score

3.55 stars

Based on 6 reviews

Love My Car by Cath
 — love my little rio it is cheap to run very comfortable to ride in for a little car. If I could afford it I would have a sports car but for price and reliablity this is great and it sits 4 quite comfo... Read More
Too Basic by Katie
 — I like that it is standard, but a little too standard! A 4 cylinder engine so if you blow one cylinder you are pretty much S.O.L. So far the only repairs we needed is tires and the 60k mile check up... 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

2005 Kia Rio Overview

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2005 Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is set to receive a major overhaul for 2006, so it remains unchanged for 2005.  This little pug of a subcompact has made major strides since its introduction in 2001, which seemed fraught with repair problems.  The 2005 Kia Rio is available as a sedan or 5-door Cinco wagon, each with a 1.6-liter, 104-hp DOHC I4 and either a standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic.  Dual front airbags are standard.  The disc brakes can be replaced with optional 4-wheel ABS.  

The 2005 Rio is all about money.  Saving it, that is.  Once the cheapest car in America, it keeps its price down by offering few standard features or options.  The sedan comes with intermittent wipers, auto headlights, power brakes and seats.  If you want power steering, power windows and locks, air conditioning, a radio, a rear spoiler, or foglights, you have to pay extra.  The power windows and locks come standard on the Rio Cinco, along with a CD player, rear wiper, and power steering, but you still have to pay more for air conditioning, the spoiler and foglights.  Rear seats fold down in the Cinco wagon to provide extra cargo room, which is much more expansive than the trunk in the sedan, which does not have fold-down rear seats.

Generally, 2005 Rio owners are happy with the performance of their car, which is used mostly for city commuting.  They praise its maneuverability, tight cornering, easy handling, and well-laid out interior.  Most feel the seats are comfortable, especially with the front lumbar support, though the rear seats are only suitable for small children.  Headroom is better than most subcompacts.  Kia's great 5-year/10-year warranty is a big draw, though owners are surprised at what isn't covered by it.  Acceleration remains labored and noisy, particularly on the highway.


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