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2002 Kia Rio

Kia Rio Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 96 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Kia Rio

  • This is one of America's cheapest cars. If you're low on ducats and are absolutely addicted to that new-car smell, the Rio should do well by you.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Unbeatable price, peppy engine, decent build quality relative to price point, inoffensive styling, great warranty package.

  • Cons

    Unrefined ride quality, power windows and cruise control are MIA from the option list.

  • What's New for 2002

    One of America's least expensive cars now comes in sedan or wagon flavor. Dubbed the Rio Cinco, the five-door Kia provides 44.3 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seat down.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Cheap and crappy

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car with 50,000 and it has been nothing but problems from day 1. I want to sell it ASAP so I dont have to keep paying for it. My mechanic said that is just a cheap car.




Mixed bag

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)

I love my little Kia... except that this year has many problems. You either get one that will last forever, or you get an utter lemon. My luck has given me the latter. These things have a nasty habit of bad grounds, blowing head gaskets, and having sensors go out... all at a premium cost if you can even find the parts. If the car were more reliable, I would recommend it to anyone. What I love is the handling. The car is fun to toss around in S-turns and roundabouts. I like the interior and it is comfortable. RPM spin a little high on the freeway, but then the motor is tiny, so what do you expect.




Do not buy one

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my Rio in January with 68K miles and not after 5 months of driving the engine died! I was on the freeway and it seized! After inspection they thought it was a timing belt but in the process of inspection of the engine found that the lower part of the engine died and then broke the timing belt, spark plugs blown into bits and pieces! After call KIA they said that the last 2 years they made better engines and the engine in the 2002 was not "good." They tried to sell me a new kia but after my experance I will never buy a kia and never recommend them to a friend, in fact I told my friend who owns a kia to sell his fast! Don't get one!



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120,000 and still running great

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)

My cinco has been the most reliable car I've ever owned. I'm so happy with it I'm buying another kia. Why can't we build cars this reliable. I only wish they put a light in the glove compartment.




I love it

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)

I love my little Kia , its done well over the years and have been reliable. I havent had any problems with the car and I would recomend some one to buy!




Ooops

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 5M)

Fuel mi.(@55mph.) stinks,,,trans. hunts all the time. driving layout poor. body, at freeway speeds, sounds like your in a wind tunnel. just a terrible auto! I'm afraid to drive it, it may cost me again.It holds the road ,,,,Not.



Full 2002 Kia Rio Review

What's New for 2002

One of America's least expensive cars now comes in sedan or wagon flavor. Dubbed the Rio Cinco, the five-door Kia provides 44.3 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seat down.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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