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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Kia Rio Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 96 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/27 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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 22
  • cty
/
  • 27
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Trouble free miles

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

Everytime I get asked about the car i have said this. Bought her new with zero dealer add ons. Starting at 40K and today I'd say "got 207K trouble free miles" Check engine light has been working for 11 yrs. Gotta ignore it, it rearly goes off. I am lazy but do the oil changes religiously & read the review warning about timing belts. Got that at 149,000. At 200,000 got front wheel bearings & someother stuff there for $700. Hatch latch broke, using a bunge cord. If you dont like yours I will buy it :)




2002 rio wagon

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

I just purchased a Cinco wagon in January with 106,000 miles on it. It was in excellent condition and I hoped to get a reliable car that was cheap to drive and maintain. I had an older Buick that had cost me a fortune and the engine was knocking so bad I was afraid it was going to throw a rod in my driveway. So far this Kia has been reliable except for the check engine light coming on abut five times now. First it was the O2 sensors that had already been changed out but I had to get another one anyway and then it was the gas cap. Now it came on again and I have no idea what it is this time. The car is noisy and has little power with the AC running.




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.




So so car

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

Recently bought this used Kia Rio Cinco with 33.000 original miles. Weak performance, especially with a/c on. Engine light is on and not fixed yet. Unknown why light is on. Car handles badly with vibrations, etc. A car with only 33k miles should not have these problems. My 1991 Buick regal I sold to buy this Kia was a lot better running car. No more Kia for me.




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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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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Talk About The 2002 Rio

2002 Kia Rio Discussions See all Started By

shadetree32
shadetree32
01-29-2014
I have seen, on the internet, several owners of this car that have the same problem, but have never seen any of them receive an answer. I have a 2002 Kia Rio which has a sporadic engine hesitation/stu...


riomike
riomike
02-09-2006
I saw the Fit at the New York auto show, looked almost silly. Rio5 has sort of a muscular look to it, fit looks tiny like a Scion XA (which I test drove and hated, couldnt fit inside). I think the Toy...


toyunki
toyunki
02-14-2005
it said Echo gets 37/42 but in real test from motorweek it was 35mpg. Kia rio's epa rating is 29/32 but same real test resulted 34mpg....



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