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Kia Rio Model Overview

Kia Rio Questions

mrsfreeman0523
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Timing Belt

Have a 2013 kia rio lots of miles 110,000. Wasnt aware of timing belt issue. Car would crank but not stay running. Had mechanic take a look and diagnose said timing slipped a bit ( crankshaft stil...

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jmarke
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Leave A Review

how do i leave a review i bought a var from chachan auto and it was great

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Nat Roberts
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Purchasing A Car

When purchasing a car do we have to pay the full amount at that time? Or can we pay half and then pay it off monthly?

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Dr_Octagon69
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My O/d Off Light Is On On My 2007 Kia Rio And When I Drive It, At Times, It...

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Hazelb81
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2013 Kia Rio Lx

I have a 2013 Kia Tio LX and all of a sudden it wouldn't start! I would get a jump and it will crank back up, but as soon as I park and cut the car off, it won't start at all! I have power, radio, ...

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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.