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I Have A 2010 Kia Rio Lx, It Has Started To Vibrate, Jump And Has No Power....
2010 Kia Rio Won't Start, I Left Dome Light On Last Night. Neighbor Tried T...
Took battery to shop and said it was good. Tried to start again and after 5 attempts lost power...maybe altenator? Also last 2 weeks Malfunction indicator light has come on Kia manual says drivin...
I Have Problems Starting My Car!
I have a 2010 Rio LX with 56000 miles. About 8 months ago it started to give me problems and not always starting. When I go to start the car I turn the key over and it attempts to start but does not...
2003 Kia Vibrates After Warmed Up
car 2003 rio seems ok cold and rpm 1000, after warming up vibrates and rpm around 650
Where Did I Go Wrong?
I have a 2004 Kia Rio with the 1.6 MI Tech dohc. The timing belt had jumped 180 out. So I replaced and adjusted it using the markers on the gears and motor. Put it all back together except for the t...
About the Kia Rio
Once the cheapest car in America, the Kia Rio is a subcompact sedan and hatchback designed for budget drivers. Its small size makes good use of its 4-cylinder engine, and though base models are minimally equipped, higher trims and the sporty hatch come standard with enough features to make you forget this is an economy car.
The Rio emerged in 2001 as a sedan and Rio Cinco hatchback. Based on the Kia-built Ford Aspire, the Rio was smaller than Kia's inaugural U.S. compact, the Sephia. The first Rio featured a 1.5-liter, 96-hp DOHC I4 engine with a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The engine got a little bigger and more powerful over the first few years, but the Rio essentially stayed the same. The front-wheel drive subcompact came in one trim. The hatch featured standard power steering, front console, rear defrost, and tilt steering wheel, which were only options in the bare-bones sedan. Front airbags were standard, and side airbags were never available.
A slight upgrade to the front end, suspension, dashboard, and introduction of cupholders and standard power windows occurred in 2003, but it wasn't until 2006 that the Kia Rio got a whole new look. The second generation, based more on the Hyundai Accent, carried a 110-hp 1.6-liter I4 engine. The overall size and interior space was bigger and more airbags were added. The hatchback was renamed the Rio5 (or rather translated, since Rio Cinco means Rio 5), and the sedan came in both a base and LX trim. Once again, the base had no air conditioning or power features, which you could find on the LX. In 2007, the sedan gets a sporty SX trim that carries many of the same features as the Rio5 SX.
Though it's purely no frills, the Rio's price tag makes it an attractive option for drivers on a budget. Good fuel economy and a decent engine (for the Rio's light weight) make it fun to drive and overshadow the strained acceleration and cramped backseat. There is supposedly a Rio hybrid in the works, but no date has been set yet for its release.