2008 Kia Rio Overview


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2008 Kia Rio Overview

Virtually unchanged from 2007, the 2008 Kia Rio features the shortest name and one of the shortest pricetags in the subcompact car segment. Available as either a sedan or Rio5 hatchback, the front-wheel-drive 2008 Rio comes as a Base, LX, or SX. For 2008, the Rio5 adds an LX trim, and a new audio input jack is included in all but the Base trims.

Great for city driving, but a little noisy and bumpy on the highway, the 2008 Kia Rio comes with Kia's 10-year/100,000-mile warranty and a 110-hp, 1.6-liter inline four that gets 27/32 mpg. A five-speed manual is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. More a personal than family car, it is surprisingly roomy and comfortable inside. Base models start with very little other than a tachometer and tire monitor รข?? no air conditioning, CD player, or radio. The rear seats don't fold down in the Base. LX and SX trims add all of these, but power features are still optional, as are ABS brakes (not offered in the Base trim). Dual front-side and side curtain airbags are standard across the lineup, earning four-star crash ratings.

The SX upgrades from the LX by adding larger 15-inch wheels, a leather steering wheel, and foglights. In the Rio5 hatchbacks, the rear seats fold up and nearly flat, increasing cargo area to almost 50 cubic feet, offering more space than in the sedan, where the seats do not fold flat. If you're looking for a good and reliable commuter car that's easy to park and easy on the wallet, the 2008 Kia Rio might be a good buy. High praise goes to its handling, interior comfort and layout, and extended warranty. A somewhat inadequate engine for highway driving and wind noise are the most noticeable drawbacks.


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    Car Lost Power And Won't Start

    Driving and went to change gear car made like a pop sound and then lost power and died. Car won't start at all now. Any ideas tia

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    Timing Belt Replace

    I have a 2008 rio and I replaced the timing belt at 60,000 do I do that every 60,000 miles?

    15 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

    Ac And Heating

    My 2008 kia reo when the heat or ac knob is off or on it comes on by itself and when u want it to work it comes on and off by itself

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    2008 Kia Rio Smoking From Under Hood

    Ok 2008 kia Rio is smoking from under the hood and out into the cab if the car. But just when starting and then it clears. Also will not go above like 20 or 30 miles an hour. We just replaced the ...

    13 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 months ago)

    I Replaced Timing Belt And Rebuilt Head And Have No Compression When Cranki...

    21 views with 5 answers (last answer 6 months ago)