New Kia Rio Ratings

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    2003 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The huge trunk space.

    Cons: Doesn't pick up speed as fast as I would like.

    Advice: Buy one. You won't be disappointed.

    I signed a five year lease on 2003 KIA Rio RS last October after test-driving about eight other cars. By far, the KIA surpassed all others in price, appearance, size, trunk space, features and little extras (i.e. the lumbar support and sunglasses storage case/dual ceiling lights). It runs smoothly and quietly, has never failed to start in bitterly cold weather and gets great gas mileage. The five-year bumper-to-bumper warranty and road side assistance sealed the deal. I have only one very small complaint. It doesn't respond as well as I would like when I have to pick up speed very quickly in order to merge with highway traffic. However, this really wouldn't be an issue if I were a better driver. ;-) I strongly encourage anyone with lots of class but not much cash to buy or lease a KIA Rio. It's a really sexy luxury-styled vehicle selling at a bargain basement price! Kelly J. Compeau

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    2004 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon

    Pros: The hatch and the available features with the roof rack. The colour, Rally Blue

    Cons: The automatic

    Advice: Get the Rio Cinco. Small car with loads of room.

    I wasn't too thrilled with the automatic. It had no power. The 5 speed has excellent power and great control.

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    2004 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Sitting higher in the drive seat than most vehicles

    Cons: drive seat belt buckle needs to be further out, or more flexible for comfort.

    Advice: Do it ! It's a great car.

    Wonderful, Not a whole lot of power. But with downshifting, it has all the power of my old vehicle. A little learning and technique is all it takes !

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    2003 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: My favorite feature is attachments for the car seats they make me feel safer about my children being strapped in!

    Cons: The only thing I don't like is my car is not equipt with cruise control but it is not an absolute necessity

    Advice: Talk to your dealer about what YOU want not what they want to sell you....They actually do listen to you and meet your requirments!

    The day I test drove a Kia Rio was the same day I bought one. I loved the way it looked and the way it handled on the road. Not only did it look sporty and have the exact amount of room I was looking for but it was also right in my price range that I was looking on spending on a used car! The dealership also worked with me and gave me an excellent deal within my tight budget. This car is great for anyone with a small family looking to find an affordable reliable vehicle.

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    2003 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon

    Pros: Hatch Back

    Cons: Breaking/Tires

    Advice: Know how it performs in all kinds of weather by carefully testing it under conditions you know you will drive under, Wet/Dry/Snow

    Handling of Automatic Rio Cinco is very loose. Breaking on wet rodes difficult.............Tires do not grab dry surface well either

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    2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon

    Pros: The easy to use controls

    Cons: Acceleration is measured with a calender

    Advice: The warranty makes the car bullet proof

    The Rio Cinco is a comfortable car to drive. The front seats are very good for a car of this class. The front compartment is very roomy. There is space to haul stuff and the standard cargo cover is good at Christmas time. The A/C is powerful, the CD is good, the overall ride is good.

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    2003 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: The sound of the CD player ROCKS!

    Cons: No cruise control. Wish I had it.

    Advice: It's not a bad machine for the price at all; great warranty!

    My 2002 Rio is my baby, but like other reviewers have said, you get what you pay for. It drives down the highway so smoothly, you really do have to watch your speed. A shopping cart hit my side front, left a dent which indicated VERY light guage shell. Not much pick-up. My brother got 2003 Rio, transmission broke down on hi-way after only 2 days. It's a machine, not great but by far, not bad. It's a cute car.