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With all of the media coverage on redesigned muscle cars and award-winning full-size sedans and SUVs, it would seem that little attention has been paid to the compact and subcompact market. But for Kia, the small car segment is it's bread and butter, and it will not be ignored. With the recently overhauled Spectra, new Spectra5, and now the redesigned 2006 Rio, Kia is serious about serving the entry-level customer.
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Safety also continues to be a priority for the company, so the five-passenger 2006 Kia Rio is equipped with front-, side-, and side-curtain airbags; and three-point seatbelts for all passengers. Peace of mind is addressed by Kia's popular five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, with five years of roadside assistance thrown in, too.
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For shoppers who want additional creature comforts, the 2006 Kia Rio LX can be outfitted with the Power Package, consisting of power windows and door locks; a keyless entry system; power, heated mirrors; additional tweeters for the sound system; and an overhead console with map lights. And for those who crave some sport in their subcompact, there's the LX Sport Package with its 15-inch alloy wheels and 195/55 tires; four-wheel-disc antilock brakes; fog lights; rear spoiler; metallic interior trim; and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
That shift knob is connected to a five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic is optional. Power comes from a 110-horsepower, four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. Torque is rated at 107 lb.-ft.
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Photos courtesy of Kia
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