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Kia Rio Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.6 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 110 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/35 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Kia Rio

  • Pleasant to drive, loaded with features and comfortable to boot, the 2007 Kia Rio and Rio5 may be the smallest cars Kia sells but they're two of the biggest bargains.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Smooth ride, stable handling, attractive interior, standard side curtain airbags, generous warranty.

  • Cons

    Cruise control isn't available, automatic version slower than most rivals, some cheap plastic trim, front seats not comfortable for some.

  • What's New for 2007

    All new last year, the Kia Rio sees minimal changes for 2007. New wheel designs and an illuminated ignition switch debut, as does a sporty SX version of the Rio sedan. Newly optional on the SX models are 16-inch wheels.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Excellent car

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rio Rio5 SX 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)

I bought my car brand new and now have over 106,000 miles on it. I've had almost no problems. I replaced 2 wheel bearings and just now changed the front brake pads which still had life in them! I changed the timing belt at 60,000 by choice. It hadn't broken. That's it. Everything else (except the tires) are original. Gas mileage is low 30s. They told me I'd get 40mpg but that doesn't happen. I have an automatic by the way. And yesterday I hit a deer broadside at 55 mph and the car just kept on going! Never even knocked it out of lane. I was flabbergasted. It's $3100 in damage but I can still drive it. So far it's been one of the best cars I ever bought.




In love with my little

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rio Rio5 SX 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car used with about 17,000 miles on it. In 8 months of my long commute, I'm up to 31,000- with no problems! This car is sporty, fun to drive, and very reliable. The design is exactly what I was looking for- compact, but cute and spacious on the inside. I get compliments all the time, and I love to brag about the great gas mileage and performance of this little car. My only complaint is it struggles over the passes (I live in Colorado), but I think any 4 cylinder would! All in all this is an excellent vehicle-- great value for your money!




I love this little car!

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rio Rio5 SX 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)

This little car has continued to impress. My SX Rio5 had the power and sport packages which turned heads. It has been SO FUN TO DRIVE, so sporty/adorable and the gas mileage is the envy of all my friends and complete strangers who ask and gasp about the excellent MPG! I have enjoyed this car for three years now and have been spoiled by my exceptional dealership. Whenever taking my car in for warranty service or an oil change, I'd get a complimentary ride to work and back; they'd even give me a free car wash and replace lightbulbs in a jiffy. I now find myself needing a roomier car (minivan w/ a growing family of 4). I'm sad to let go of my trusty friend; he was so reliable and kept me safe!




Rio 5

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rio Rio5 SX 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)

I drive mostly hwy and getting about 38 mpg. Miss power windows and locks, but love the mpg. No problems. Had an Optima for 4 years and had no problems at all either.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Kia does not stand by

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rio Rio5 SX 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)

My Kia Rio5 has been in the shop this past month 5 times for the same issue! Kia will only approve the minimal amount of repairs and has yet to fix my vehicle. For the last month, I have been without my car and after the engine and oxygen sensor has been replaced, the vehicle is still broken. What does Kia say??? Nothing. They will not return my phone calls. Whats the use of a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty, if Kia will not make good on it! Don't buy Kia! The cars are cute and fuel efficient, but not dependable and Kia does not stand behind their product!




Better than i expected

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Vehicle: 2007 Kia Rio Rio5 SX 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)

Drives better on the highway than I thought it would for a small car-I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of effect on the car when semi trucks passes me or I passes semi trucks-I expected to be pushed around on the road more than I was



Full 2007 Kia Rio Review

What's New for 2007

All new last year, the Kia Rio sees minimal changes for 2007. New wheel designs and an illuminated ignition switch debut, as does a sporty SX version of the Rio sedan. Newly optional on the SX models are 16-inch wheels.

Introduction

Competing in the decidedly non-glamorous world of the entry-level subcompact, the 2007 Kia Rio isn't the penalty box one might first assume. Although the first-generation Rio had little in its favor other than a long warranty, last year's rebirth of that model produced a car miles ahead of its forebear in terms of performance, driving dynamics, comfort and cabin refinement. With the new Rio, Kia's engineers and designers produced a small car that's pleasant to drive as well as loaded with features, especially those of the safety ilk.

For 2007, the Kia Rio family grows with the addition of the Rio SX four-door sedan. As with the Rio5 SX five-door (a four-door hatchback), the SX sedan features foglights, 15-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, metallic cabin accents, metal pedals and a black and red cabin theme. That means the Rio sedan comes in three trims base, LX and SX while the Rio5 comes only in the SX version. Most buyers will probably go with the LX sedan, as it's not a stripper like the base sedan and, at around $13,000, comes with essentials such as A/C, a CD player and a split/folding rear seat. In terms of style, the Rio5 with its European-flavored looks has it hands down over the more mainstream sedan and offers the additional cargo-carrying versatility of its roomy hatchback body. Regardless of which Rio you choose, the car comes with Kia's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Last year, the Rio was one of our top picks in the $11,000-$15,000 budget ride segment. But this year brings a couple of strong competitors in the form of the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. The Fit is impressive in its materials, space efficiency and on-road demeanor, while the Versa promises strong performance and a roomy rear seat. If one is looking to keep spending at the lower end of the spectrum, the 2007 Kia Rio sedan is a solid contender against the likes of its platform mate, the Hyundai Accent, and the Chevy Aveo. Look toward the higher end, however, and the Fit and Versa loom as better choices.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Kia Rio subcompact four-door sedan comes in base, LX and SX trim levels, while the five-door Rio5 hatchback comes only in the SX trim. The base sedan is a stripper in most respects (manual steering, no air-conditioning and skinny 175/70R14 tires) but decently equipped in others (attractive cabin materials, driver-seat height adjustment, a tachometer and front-seat side airbags). Step up to the LX to get popular features such as air-conditioning, a CD player, power steering, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a tilt steering wheel and meatier 185/65R14 tires. The sporty SX versions add foglights, 15-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, metallic interior trim, metal pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a black-with-red-accents cabin theme. Options include the Power Package (which adds full power features, keyless entry and tweeter speakers) and 16-inch alloy wheels for the SX.

Powertrains and Performance

A 1.6-liter inline-4 with 110 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque powers every 2007 Kia Rio. All trims come standard with a five-speed manual transmission, while a four-speed automatic is optional on all but the base sedan. Although the Rio is more powerful than most of its competitors, its acceleration with the automatic is slightly subpar. A Rio5 SX we tested took 11.5 seconds to run to 60 mph. However, the automatic does provide swift, well-timed shifts. The manual-shift Rio is more sprightly and fun to drive, as one would expect. Either way, the engine gets noisy under full throttle but cruises quietly once up to freeway speeds. Fuel mileage ratings, at 32 mpg city/35 highway with the manual and 29/38 with the automatic, are above average for this class of vehicle.

Safety

The 2007 Kia Rio comes standard with front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and three-point belts in all seating positions. The LX and SX trims also come with adjustable rear headrests. Antilock disc brakes are optional on those higher trim levels as well. In NHTSA frontal-impact crash testing, the Rio scored four stars (out of five) for driver protection and five stars for passenger protection. In the side-impact test, the Rio earned four stars for front-occupant protection and three stars for the rear.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Rio's interior, especially in beige, has an airy feel typically lacking in this price bracket. The materials quality is generally above average, though a few of the plastics aren't up to Honda levels. Seat comfort is very good for most body types, though drivers over 6 feet tall may get fidgety after more than an hour behind the wheel. A fold-down armrest is standard for the driver, but we'd prefer a more traditional center console box that provides this feature for both front occupants along with handy storage space. In back, headroom is a bit tight for 6-footers, but legroom is fully adequate and the tall bench provides good thigh support.

Driving Impressions

The 1.6-liter provides decent low-end pull and the manual-transmission version offers enough thrust to merge into highway traffic with ease, although the engine gets noisy at higher rpm. Shifting the manual gearbox is enjoyable, thanks to the precise gates and smooth clutch. The automatic isn't as peppy, though its gearchanges are smooth and relatively quick. The Rio's ride is smooth and stable, and even at 75 mph, the cabin is hushed. The suspension isn't as composed over broken pavement as we'd like, though, as large impacts tend to shudder through the cabin. Pushed through corners, the Rio responds with predictable body roll and unexpectedly crisp steering.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 25
  • cty
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  • 35
  • highway
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