Kia Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings
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2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon
Pros: Comfort, price and drivability.
Cons: The gas mileage could be a little better for a small 4 cylinder engine.
Advice: Have the dealer install after market cruise as a condition of purchasing the vehicle like I did!!!!I REALLY LOVE my Rio Cinco. It is very INEXPENSIVE yet the quality does NOT suffer one bit. I bought my Cinco for $12,000 (cruise too!!) and it is FULLY loaded!! No other car w/similar options could even come close to that!! The 5 door Cinco is very easy to drive and cart things around in. It is very quiet & has extremely COMFORTABLE seats along with an adjustable lumbar support. I am 6' 2' tall and have more head room in my Cinco than in my girlfriend's Lexus RX300 SUV!! This is a WONDERFUL car. :)
2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon
Pros: um...I didn't buy it
Advice: Pass this oneI rented this car for a few days. Wow am I glad I didn't buy it. It felt like it was about to fall apart at any second!
2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan
Cons: the ride
Advice: It is only good for a 'first' new car. Never down grade to this.When I first Tested the car out before buying it, it drove nicely. I really liked the car and the way it 'scooted' around. It seemed like it was going to be a great car. Then after about 500 miles, the car started to drive poorly. It skips all over the road and the car vibrates when the brakes are applyed. It feels like I'm riding in a go-cart.
2002 Kia Spectra - GSX (M5) Liftback
Pros: comfortable ride
Cons: need a few more horse power
Advice: Make sure if you want remote controlled mirrors you ask for Electrically controlled!I bought a 2001 GSX with cruise option. Quieter than I had expected. Performance improved once it was broken in. Heat comes on faster than any other vehicle I have ever owned, even on very cold days. AC Worked great. A little low to the ground when entering and exiting. Comfortable for 4 with no problem. I love the hatchback since it keeps me from storing junk there like I would in a regular trunk.
2002 Kia Spectra - Base (M5) Sedan
Cons: Quality, Ride
Advice: Buy ANY other brand.My friend, who doesn't read before she buys, bought the p.o.s. Sephia, thinking she was saving money and not giving up quality in the meantime. I told her to buy a civic like anyone else who wants reliability, but she had to be cheap. In 6000 kms, her transmission went TWICE. Sure, the car is covered under warranty, but she's been left roadside twice. I would recommend reading Consumer Reports, the only non-subsidized source of advice out there, and they will tell you the truth about KIA's awful quality and worse ride. I just sold a 1995 Accord with 210,000 kms and had NO problems with it, EVER. I bought a new 2002 civic three months ago. It's already shown its value beyond the KIA, and you can only imagine what resale and quality will be like in 4 years or so!
2002 Kia Spectra - GS (M5) Liftback
Pros: ease or reaching the controls
Cons: noisy interior from the engine at expressway speeds
Advice: you will like this carA good car for the money, surprisingly spacious interior, the ride is smooth. A very nice care for the money