Love to drive this car. In over a
year and a half have had two very
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.
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.
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.