I never used to like kia cars but when I saw the kia rio I was hooked.
I average about 31mpg on the street.
The car is very comfortable. The controls are very easy to reach and the interior design is very very nice. Materials used on the inside dont feel cheap. As many people say that kia uses super cheap parts.
The engine is strong and has good lift. ( I say this statement based on its class, small compact sedan) Outside noise is minimal.
Overall this is a GREAT buy. Especially the warranty that kia gives. you'll never have to worry about the engine or transmission for 10 yrs or 100,000 miles. I got my rio lx for $15,500 with the power package plus an additional $500 off with kia finance.
I really like the option to switch gears manually on the automatic transmission.
My only disappointment is the speakers. Im big on sound and the stock speackers dont offer that much bass. My old 2002 lancer had better speakers. The system is great, with good eq's but the speakers could of been better. I'll have to swap them out soon.