2012 Kia Rio User Reviews

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"reliable car" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews

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sldziada writes:
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Overall it's great. Good cost, great on gas, cool looking, and very spacious and modern looking inside.

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Only issue so far was the accelerator pedal was sticking and was causing my car to accelerate on its own at times. Kia replaced the pedal for free because I am still under warranty.

sldziada
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Overall Rating — I've had the car for about 2 years now...I bought it used in 2013...it was a year old at the time with 12,000 miles on it. The Pros are great and honest (see aforementioned)...but the only scary issue I had was the sticking accelerator pedal that was causing my car to seemingly "accelerate on its own". Very dangerous. The first I brought it in to Kia they "ran the computer through it and test drove it" but couldn't find anything or replicate my horrifying and seemingly random experiences. After the second incident (2 weeks after the first)...I brought it AGAIN in and they discovered that the sticking accelerator pedal was the issue. They replaced it for free because I am currently only at 47,000 miles. I hope this helps anyone who has any issues and has been told that there is "nothing wrong" with their car when in fact they know there is. Be persistent! 2 VERY scary and dangerous (almost) accidents from my car accelerating on its own while driving, with the brakes on and in park. Luckily I was able both times to step on the brake hard, park and pull the key out. I also read that putting the car in neutral and pulling over and doing the aforementioned will work if sudden stopping on a thruway (for example) poses as dangerous. Hopefully this issue is ACTUALLY solved. I will keep you all posted if anything changes. I wish you all well with any endeavors that you may have.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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doerr906 writes:
2012 Kia Rio LX Review
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reliable, fun, sporty look and feel

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Lacks response when power needed, back seat cramped

doerr906
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Good Small Car — This car is affordable, fun, and reliable. Good mileage. A good, all-around compact car. Zips around town very nicely, but lacks power and room, even for a small car. Still, would buy again and recommend to anyone looking for a sub-compact.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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absolutely brilliant first car to own, no complaints!

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probably the one touch lane change indicator function, I've accidentally activated it when I didn't want to and felt very awkward for indicating accidentally!

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Aussie Rio Sli — For a little car like this, it is easy to get blown away by its performance! yes it may have only 100 or so kilowatts BUT every other car in its class has from 50 - 90kW so this one is ahead of the game! so although no traffic light dragster, it has the uncanny ability to put a smile on your face when you put the foot down and arrive at the speed limit! brakes are fantastic, handling wise, it just grips the road like a cat thats got a grip onto curtains. Overall, it is an awesome car that allows you to have fun within the law and has the ability to sip fuel when driven efficiently (the trip computer at one stage said 3.9L/100Km!)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2012 Kia Rio EX Review
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Reliable, price, very respectable millage, modern appointments and looks sharp.

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Harsh ride, no steering feel and sensative to side winds.

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A Modern Subcompact That Needs No Excuses. — 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 Audi for it's designs. Rest of vehicule is very impressive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Looks good. Drives well. All the bells and whistles:

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Engine ticking noise: 1600km

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Good Car For Money, Better Driving In City. — I have this car for 5 months now and only complaint is the annoying ticking noise i get from the engine compartment. Hopefully i will get this sorted when i take it to the dealers next week, and then i will be able to give you my opinion on their great warranty.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Porsche931 writes:
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Style, interior, handling.

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Fuel consumption, engine, transmission,  rear window to small.

Porsche931
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Average To Almost Good — 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 the bonnet, injectors ticking loudly, transmission harsh until it warms up, auto, like the interior, the steering is precise, engine not very willing up hills, dealership support nearly non existent, warranty, don't know yet, would be a great car if they spent a little extra on the mechanicals, would have been prepared to have paid extra if the whole package was good, unfortunately it is far from this, would I buy one again, no, would go for a better brand, disappointed in a great looking car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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JK1932 writes:
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Sharp looking car

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has some blind spots

JK1932
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Overall I Am Inpressed — It seems to be a nice car but is still too new, as of yet I have had no issues with driving it. I would of liked keyless entry though

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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2002 Kia Rio Reviews

Great Car By tinyflower711

I can drive everywhere on $5 of gas!! Cheap repair costs. It has some pick up go under the hood, you wouldn't think it had speed. It handles well on the freeways. And when low gas light comes on, you... Read More

The Lack Of Any Option Makes It A Great Car For Beginer. By jayive34

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 abou... 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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