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Car Won't Start Sometimes
Okay my 2012 Kia Rio won't start sometimes. I'll put the key into the ignition and try to and it won't do anything. I know it's not a bad battery, but all I have to do is take the key out and kee...
Kia Rio Parked. Acorns Down Oil Fill Tube
Hi all, a friend of mine recently gave me this 2003 kia rio 5 speed with 210k miles on it, in hopes that i can fix it up and get it back on the road. Theres a few issues with it, first off, the car ...
1990 Kia Rio
I have a 1990 Kia Rio and I have had it for about 7 months and it's been in the shop 5 times and the last two times was the camshaft sensor they have put 2 on it and it still quits on me while driv...
What Could It Be
I just replaced alternator and battery and now the radio won't start.
2013 Kia Rio With Terrible Gas Mileage?
I recently bought a 2013 Kia Rio sedan 4d from a car rental location in Burien, WA. It had roughly 49k miles on the odometer and i bought it because i heard it had good gas mileage. But as soon a...
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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.