Kia Rio Model Overview

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The 2018 Kia Rio has been announced, but it is not yet available for purchase.
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Kia Rio Questions

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Replaced My Dead Battery In My 2011 Kia Rio And It Wont Start Sounds Like ...

Car battery died on me so I replace it and its still wont start make the clicking like it wants to but dosent turn over.

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2012 Kia Rio Won't Start Randomly

My car is being wacko. It will always without fail start the first start of the day. The next starts are ify. It will try to start just never actually turn over. If I pump the gas it will turn over...

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2009 Kia Rio Drl

just bought a used 2009 Kia Rio standard 4 door sedan, and notice it does not have daytime running lights, maybe bulbs burned out or fuse burnt or maybe the 2009 Kia Rio in Canada was not made with ...

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What Is The Cause Of Being Not Computerize About Replacing Key Ignition Swi...

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Older Kia Rio

2001 Kia Rio Overview
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Kia Rio Overview

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.

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