2003 Kia Rio Consumer Review: Great Econo Coach!

2003 Kia Rio - Consumer Review

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Cinco Wagon (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great Econo Coach!
By BILL on


2003 Kia Rio Cinco 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


Great little cheapie, all I expected was for her to get me from point a to b cheaply, and reliably, and she's definitely filled those requirements. I expected low power due to the engine size but it's more than sufficient on flat roadways. I would not recommend the automatic, in hilly or mountainous conditions, since the computer wants to up and downshift to maintain road speed. I haul a lot and this little wagon just keeps on chuggin', my gas guzzlers stay at home while I drive this one back and forth to work. I doubt you could have found a better car for the price back in 2003.

Best Features

Looks, interior layout, quality of construction, driver's arm rest.

Worst Features

Factory cruise control as standard equipment.
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