Used 2003 Kia Rio

2003 Kia Rio
List price range


  • Small price, big warranty, peppy engine, attractive styling.


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

Used 2003 Kia Rio for Sale

Kia Rio 2003 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)
152,528 miles
Used 2003
Kia Rio
Est.Loan: $48/mo
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Kia Rio 2003
76,000 miles
Used 2003
Kia Rio
Buchanan Kia
46 mi away
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Dealer Notes
This CLASSIC RED 2003 Kia Rio Base might be just the sedan for you. It comes with a 1.6 liter 4 Cylinder engine. The exterior is a beautiful classic red. It has the best mileage with 23 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. Don't wait on this one. Schedule a test drive today%2521 Contact Information%3A Buchanan Kia, 119 Railroad Ave, Westminster, MD, 21157, Phone%3A %28410%29 876-2251, E-mail%3A Seats Front Seat Type%3A Bucket|Rear Seats Bench|Windows Rear Defogger|Airbags - Front - Dual|Power Brakes|Windows Front Wipers%3A Intermittent|Center Console

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Edmunds' Expert Review

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 -- preferably a Japanese compact or a Hyundai Elantra.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Kia Rio.

Great car for budget minded people
Gordon, 10/3/2015
Bought new in 03 For $9888. The price was great but the car was fair. I bought it bare with no power. I thought having no power would mean no expenses, wrong I was. The door handle passengers side broke off in my wife's hand at 11k, by 35k all door handles had been replaced and at time I sold it at 144k all but drivers handle worked. Several repairs were made to this car and transmission was replaced twice, at 68k and 122k. Seats were uncomfortable and suspension was terrible and noisy
Love My Rio
rickierex, 11/18/2002
I just love the way this car just fits around me, comfortable, solid performance and great gas mileage, and the looks are sleak and sporty!
The Lemon I bought ...
Tom T, 7/8/2015 Big Red Sports and imports (Norman Oklahoma ). On the day i purchased my new car with less than 20 miles showing on the odometer. The car was new fresh new car smell looked great. I started Drive just 10 mile from the dealership home and the car broke down and would not start, I had to call the dealer and the Dealer "Big Red Sports and Imports" gave us a ride home while they towed our car back to the dealer ship. They had it a few days then gave it back apparently it was empty on gas is what the dealership said it had vapor locked due to no fuel. And i always thought dealerships that sell new cars filled the tank up.?? This car stayed in the dealer ship garage at "Big Red Sports and Imports more than it was in my garage at home." Lots of repairs fuel system repair master cylinder repair Engine replacement catalyic converter replacement and the list goes on. Finally I gave up and Traded it in. The dealership "Big Red Sports and Imports refused to acknowledge that this vehicle was a LEMON. This car cost more for repairs every month than the car payment was.
addii, 10/7/2010
I bought this car second hand from a guy who drove mostly highway. In the few months that I have owned it The hatchback has locked up several times, the driver's side door only works half the time (meaning I have to climb out the passenger seat). The car has stalled on me in mid-intersection. The engine light came on and car started to lug, had to pull over it lost all acceleration. The engine constantly revs and drops back down making it impossible to get to the speed you want easily. The back right window will not open from drivers panel. Overall I'm really unhappy with this car and regret buying it.
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Features & Specs

22 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
104 hp @ 5800 rpm
23 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
104 hp @ 5800 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver2 / 5
    Passenger2 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested

More about the 2003 Kia Rio
Used 2003 Kia Rio Overview

The Used 2003 Kia Rio is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A), Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M), and Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2003 Kia Rio?

Price comparisons for Used 2003 Kia Rio trim styles:

  • The Used 2003 Kia Rio Base is priced between $2,331 and$2,331 with odometer readings between 152528 and152528 miles.

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