2002 Kia Rio User Reviews

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Users ranked 2002 Kia Rio against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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    2002 Kia Rio Review
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    55

    Great Car — 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 can still go another 50 miles no problem.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Great gas mileage

    Cons: Can't put alot of weight in it

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    The Lack Of Any Option Makes It A Great Car For Beginer. — 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 about this car, is the lack of option. But there some option I would not want, like ABS.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: cheaper than an Impreza, good looking (not as much as an Impreza), does not have ABS.

    Cons: no A/C, no power steering, lack of power. people judge it because it a Kia

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    35

    I Love It Since It Is Paid Off! — Well the kids must have added this to my profile, I did not, but while we are at it....it's a 2003. It has 150K plus miles on it. It never had a radio or an air conditioner or anything, a strip model. It has been driven hard all it's life. It has a cracked windshiedl, a door that does not work right, but....it starts every day and it runs fine. I have no complaints we will drive it til it dies.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: This car is economical and makes a good commuter

    Cons: It's small.  

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    2002 Kia Rio Base Review
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    35

    I Guess If You Need A Cheap Car For Now To Drive Then Its Worth It — *Performance - accelration is ok, braking needs some work, handling is alittle bad right now needs alinement *Build Quality - it has need alot of minor repairs, body rattles though *Appearance - Interior is good but exterior needs work(need a new hood and has some minor to major dents that need repair) *Cost of Ownership - gas mileage is about 35mpg highway and 28mpg through town, maintenance is alittle pricey for my income though *Fun Factor - the car is sometimes fun yto drive when it is running good and i have money to put gass into her

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Good gas mileage

    Cons: maintenance is high priced

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    Simply Put, Kia Does Have The Power To Surprise. — Good quality transportation in a nice package. Does require you to stay on a strict maininence schedule. Has enough power in stock form to get out of its own way. Great on gas, with an average of 25mpg in town and 32mpg highway (my own results). Reliable, comfortable, and roomy for the small car it is. Looks that are all its own with smooth flowing body lines from the front all the way to the back. Absloutely a blast to drive when put to the test. Car handles well in hard cornering with minimal understeer. Slightly modified suspension yeilds unparalleled handling. Easy to work on which keeps maininence costs WAY down. Factory brakes are a bit lacking, yet with inexpensive rotor and pad upgrades, braking becomes superior. Acceleration is quick, for a car of it's size, with a 0-60 time of around 9 seconds (my modified Rio squeezes it in at just under 6 seconds). Car is good on gas, and does not require expensive maintinence, yet as stated does demand a good maintinence schedule.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: cheap to drive, great A/C

    Cons: Not a family car, but carries 4 comfortably.

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    Ok For A Commuting Car...not For A Personal Car I'd Say — Honestly, it's not that bad of a car, i just don't personally like it, it doesn't suit me... I mean, it still gets great gas mileage, and that is a major plus to the car, but the fact that it's a hatchback, personally for me, ruins it a bit.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: handles well

    Cons: it's not the best looking

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    Great Little Car — Solid little car.can plow through three feet of snow.Has great get-up-and-go.flipped three times before totaled.engine is in new rio and runs great.not bad and all of this get 40 mile per gallon.I like the overall durability of these little rios

    Pros: tough,sturdy,dependible,easily repaired

    Cons: hard to find

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    Fantastic Compact Car! Highly Recommended, Great Price For An Underrated Performer — Fantastic small car, first major repair at 131K (rear bearings $115 p&l), second at 161K (gear shift lever $298 p&l). Very comfortable on long trips, get 28mpg city, 35mpg highway. Car has 162K miles now, and the speedometer reading is fluctuating. Interior ratings pertain to gear shift lever, tape player which failed a few months ago, seat adjustment mechanism. Wonderful car, am going to upgrade to a newer one soon.

    Pros: Overall quality, reliability, comfort for long trips, mpg, fun to drive

    Cons: Interior quality, but ok until 120K= miles

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    2002 Kia Rio Cinco Review
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    35

    Good Idea Bad Idea — it's a great first new car - too bad it's a POS. gas milage is awesome. after 100,000 it's time for a new one! clutches and transmissions don't last more than 2-3 years.

    Pros: cheap and easy

    Cons: cheap and too easily put together

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    2002 Kia Rio Cinco Review
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    Not Bad For The Price! — Great little run about for not so much money! Great potential, but a bit of a problem if you want to get any performance or styling parts for it!

    Pros: Cheap to buy, cheap to insure, cheap to run

    Cons: High tax category, despite smallish engine, not so cheap on parts

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 Kia Rio Reviews

    Very Simple And Efficient By Admkw

    It meets all my needs, never disappoints me. Saves me a lot of money on gas cost considering how far I how to drive to work, and I also share this car with my spouse. It's not the most comfortable for... Read More

    2012 Kia Rio Reviews

    Overall Rating By sldziada

    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... Read More

    Good Small Car By doerr906

    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 recomm... Read More

    2011 Kia Rio Reviews

    Great Little Car Will Enjoy It For Years By Chris_Kia1

    Great little gas saver so who could complain, but I think it needs a 6th gear. Engine seems to whine above 50, I haven't gone over 70 but for gas savings I shouldn't any way. Read More

    It's A Lovely Car To Drive And It's White. By Tommy

    Performance very good, acceleration,there when you want it,braking very sharp,handling,goes where you want it to go,built, very solid,No repairs needed,No squeaks or rattles, appearance, looks very st... Read More

    2009 Kia Rio Reviews

    Very Likeable By esther178

    excellent gas mileage and handles like a dream best car i have driven in a long time my new car has the look and feel of a more expensive vehicle Read More

    Great Car By Courtney

    gets graet gas mileage. It handles good. It is alittle bumpy but not to bad. So far I believe it was built good, but I have only had it fo four months. I think it is a fun car to drive. Read More

    2008 Kia Rio Reviews

    An Excellent Vehicle For Getting Around Town Or Going On A Trip Is Even Better. By bobbyd154

    I have saved over a zillion dollars on gasoline using this vehicle. I average 36 miles per gallon around town and recently, as well as when I first purchased it, I get an average of 42 mile per gallo... Read More

    Great For Small Family By mrshenry

    Fun, cute little car. Good for small family. Good gas mileage, handles well, even in snow. Has been reliable and hasn't had any problems. AUX port makes it easy to plug in my ipod and listen to some g... Read More

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