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Kia Rio -Very Good Value
By geolehman on
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2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
Review
Love to drive this car. In over a year and a half have had two very minor repairs. Drives and rides like a small, but not tiny, car and gives a pleasing roar if pushed. Suspension, brakes, and power are more than adequate. It is delivering 32-38 mpg on the road at aggressive to gentle driving Overall average is just shy of 30 mpg with a lot of sub-zero winter city driving. The base Rio at $8,000, when discounted, is a better deal even with its undeserved steep depreciation. I had low expectations of a car at this price. However by my experience the Rio is a very solid well put together machine, which delivers more than just basic transportation.
Favorite Features
There are two features I love about my base Rio: It has a great heating system and has a good drivers seat which is adjustable 8 ways. It also has many unexpected features a cheap car might be without.
Suggested Improvements
Could use a taller 5th gear or even a 6th gear to keep revs down at 70-80 mph. Split, fold down, rear seat would be nice. Better sound-proofing would deaden sound of road grit being thrown into wheel wells.
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