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Pros: trunk and gas tank release
Cons: thin steel wheelsGood basic transportation, the steel wheels are easily bent on bad roads and quite pricey to replace. Very little maintance and starts very well even in cold weather. All over the high fuel prices this is a good comuter car average 30 MPG.
Pros: loud engine and high RPM
Cons: poor gas milage and small gas tank
Advice: It's small nice and cheap, So go head and buy itWhen i drove it was very loud and i liked it. The handling was good when i made a U turn, the brakes were strong and the torque was very good.
Pros: I really like the gas milege and how the car looks.
Cons: I hate the noises the car makes. When it goes 60 or above the wind whistles around the window. VERY ANNOYING! It has very little power and seems to always be winding out when going freeway speed in 5th gear. I get lots of recall notices in the mail too.
Advice: It's a quick cheap fix, but you'll want something else in a year or two. It has some really annoying qualities.The car has very little power. It always feels and sounds like it is really stressed going regular freeway speed. I'm constantly checking that I'm not in the wrong gear. It also has a terribly annoying wind whistling sound as soon as you hit 60. I think it comes from right over the top of the window. The only way to get rid of the loud whistling is to roll down the window. This isn't always an option in the Pacific Northwest with all the rain. So I have to turn up the radio really loud to drown out the sound. I've also gotten three recalled parts notices in the mail since I've had the car. Always some new defective part to worry about.
Pros: The gas mileage
Cons: the fact the ac has to be on for the defrogger to be on.
Advice: You will not regret it. If you are looking for a car to beat the gas prices.This is the second Kia Rio we own.It is what we expected, great gas mileage and preformance for the size and prize. After an ajustment by the dealer, two trips to the shop.It improved on pickup and power. For a 4cyl. it runs very well. The gas mileage is more then expected. 27/33 with the a/c on. as much as 37mpg without the a/c. Which is the only thing I don't like about it. To run the window defrogger the a/c has to be on for it to work.
Pros: smooth ride .. well built
Cons: leg room .. needed more space . cramped on long trips
Advice: if you are normal height or shorter go for it .. a well built car .. if taller get the OptimaI got my 2003 Rio Cinco around Christmas 2003 and really liked the car. I got the loaded version and it had almost everything .. what it lacked was leg room. I'm tall and my legs always hit the steering wheel .. This week I traded it in for a Kia Optima. over all I would tell anyone looking to save money and wanted a solid car to look at the Cinco .. lots of room in the back but not a lot of leg room for tall adults.
Pros: The look of the car and the cost, so resonable.
Cons: The seatbelt mechanism that goes into my hip when I buckle the seat belt.
Advice: BUY IT.I test drove a 2003 Rio and was very disappointed. Then I went to another dealership and drove the 2004 Rio Cinco and I was impressed over all. What you get with the car is astounding.
Cons: Suspect fuel economy
Advice: go aheadI love this car. It seems that we got much more than we paid for. (very good Price). My only concern is the fuel economy. The manual states that it gets 8.6L/100km city, or around 550 km's per tank. To Date 1900km's on the car we are only getting around 375km's with about 1/8 of a tank remaining. We have not talked to the dealer about it yet as I have heard that it could take up to 6000km's to fully break in the engine. Any comments?