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2005 Kia Rio Wagon

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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.
Kia Rio Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.6 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 104 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Kia Rio

  • The Rio and Rio Cinco are the lowest-priced sedan and wagon on the market, and they feel that way. Buy one only if you must have a new-car warranty; otherwise, spend your money on a nice used car.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Small price, big warranty, peppy engine.

  • Cons

    Unrefined handling, five-speed manual's rubbery shift action, mediocre fuel economy.

  • What's New for 2005

    No major changes for the Rio this year.

Full 2005 Kia Rio Review

What's New for 2005

No major changes for the Rio this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

The rio has it where

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

I can honestly say Kia built a tough little car with everything one would need a car to do. The 5 door wagon has more than ample cargo space and the front seats offer A LOT of leg room (I'm 6'5" and comfortable!) the handling is great, the acceleration is adequate but nothing to write home about and at 4.00 a gallon I fill up on about 40 bucks (due to the 11 gallon tank) I was in a wreck on I-285 in this car and while extensively damaged the car held together and even made it home and to the collision center and will be road worthy again in a week! This car saved my life! She can take a beating! Stereo system is great, view of the road is excellent! Lots of cargo space for a tiny wagon!

Take that! oil barons

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)

Although the EPA fuel economy ratings were in the mid-30's, I consistently get 40+ MPG. This car is not a luxury status symbol, but as a commuter car, cannot be beat. I paid only $7,000 for a new car with excellent economy, reasonable power and great handling. Would love to see Ford or Chevrolet match that. I went from driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee that averages 17MPG to this. I commute over 100 miles a day, and the fuel savings are more than I pay for the car.

Could be a cool car

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)

Since purchasing my Kia Rio Cinco in 2003, I haven't had any major problems with the vehicle. I have had to take it back to have about seven items repaired or replaced. My biggest complaint is the lack of horsepower and poor gas mileage.

Sporty little grocery getter

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)

I purchased my Rio Cinco in January 2005. It is a sporty little car for the price. The fuel economy is excellent. Styling is sporty. Overall it is a sporty little grocery getter.

Kia rio cinco worst car

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)

I bought the Rio as mainly a commuter car and I regret I did. It's really cramped interior whether in the front or back. If that's not enough the totally underpowered engine will make you sick. The gas mileage is terrible considering how small the car is (average 19 city/25 hwy); come on it doesn't even compare to cars that are bigger or have more power, and forget about merging onto a highway or passing. If you're considering a car in this market, avoid this one at all costs and go with the also Korean made Chevy Aveo. Trust me the Kia is terrible. But to be fair it does start up every morning and it has an excellent warranty

The on a budget car

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

This is a great car for a person or family on a budget. It comes with an amazing warranty and driver assistance program. It has simple styling and ample interior space.

Talk About The 2005 Rio

2005 Kia Rio Discussions See all Started By

Pls does any one know if the Hyundai Accent/Elantra.1.6 Engines can fit into KIA rio 2005. AS they are sister companies.ARE they using the same engine units. My daughter blew her 2005 KIA RIO engine.8...

how do you remove lense cover off rio 2005,brake lite covers????...

I stopped by my nearest Kia dealer today. They had no '06 Rios, but the salesman checked and said they had one arriving early next week. He also gave me a brochure. The interior looks nicer than I exp...

Gas Mileage


  • 21
  • cty
  • 29
  • highway
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