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Pros: The hatchback
Cons: the 92 hp engine and the way the car is not reliable also no cruise control
Advice: upgrade to the spectra or elantra if you have the doughI bought a 2002 Kia rio cinco. When I test drove it, i loved the car. It had the hatchback so you could fit a ton of stuff in it, and it handled nicely. However, the car does not have any pick up- which isn't such a big deal, unless you are going up hill, and it has been back and forth to the dealer since i got it. Since I bought this car, it has broken down on me twice. I have had the starter replaced, the baterry replaced, and even a new steering column. The ABS constantly squeal and make funny noises when i stop. Parts break off of this car very easily. Well, at least it is under warranty. Overall, it is an ok car, i just wish it was made better. Be careful, you get what you pay for...
Pros: My favorite features are it's sporty look and allot of options for an inexpensive vehicle.
Cons: I wish cruise control was an option.
Advice: My Kia dealer allowed me to test drive the vehicle for 2 days. Get out in it and drive your regular day. You'll love it.I was hooked from the first time I drove this vehicle. It 'felt' right and was very comfortable.
Pros: My favorite feature is the well thought out ergonomics of the car.
Cons: The lack of an available cruise control.
Advice: Dont accept the first offer. Kia will dicker.The Rio performs far better than one would expect from a small car. In fact it has a real tendency to be going faster than is perceived by the driver and until used to the car one must closely moniter the speedometer on the highway. At near 6ft and over 250, I ride in comfort, something that can't be said of a number of purportedly larger compacts.
Pros: i like the sleek look of the car ...it looks sporty , but its not
Cons: it has no trunk release button ..i can live with that
Advice: look for good rebate package....and other offers there are alot right now...and test drive this one!!!on the test drive i feel in love with this car. it felt good, it was comfortable,even for a small car, and handled well. you don't have to search for things like the heat knobs or the stereo buttons they are all right in front of you...no fumbling around!I love my new KIA RIO
Pros: chap price
Cons: the passengers side din't have an armrest
Advice: good cheap car if your not an enthousast or have 13 kids it's a good carMy cousin bought a hyundia accent 2002 which is the exact same as the kia rio 2003, except for slight appearances. It is only about 10,000 bucks. It drives fine, the cars do pass him up on the big hills becuase the 4 cylnder 1.6 liter engine just can't do it. BUt if comparing this to a Honda civicDX its practicly the same. THe DX is only a 4 cylnder 1.7 liter. If you are the cool kid at highschool and you have to drive a truck or a honda then go away but if your debating weather you want to buy a 30,000 Suv, or a 10,000 car, 10,000 entertainment system, and pay of a few debts this car is perfect. Or if your just a kid like me its a reachable car. Don't uy a used car! It may seem like it is a lot cheaper but with all the new parts it certinly isn't. My dad bought my sister a 1988 honda prelude si2.0 with 4 wheel steering, not drive, but steering. he has spent about 10,000 on repairs and a new paint job. The cars value through a private party is only 2,200. And now we need a new mufler. so trust me and buy this car, it works, remember, a car is a tool not a toy.