2004 Kia Rio Consumer Review: Kia Rio -Very Good Value

2004 Kia Rio - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Kia Rio -Very Good Value
By geolehman on


2004 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


Love to drive this car. In over a
year and a half have had two very
minor repairs.

Drives and rides like a small, but not
tiny, car and gives a pleasing roar if
pushed. Suspension, brakes, and power
are more than adequate. It is
delivering 32-38 mpg on the road at
aggressive to gentle driving Overall
average is just shy of 30 mpg with a
lot of sub-zero winter city driving.

The base Rio at $8,000, when
discounted, is a better deal even with
its undeserved steep depreciation.

I had low expectations of a car at
this price. However by my experience
the Rio is a very solid well put
together machine, which delivers more
than just basic transportation.

Best Features

There are two features I love about my base Rio: It has a great heating system and has a good drivers seat which is adjustable 8 ways. It also has many unexpected features a cheap car might be without.

Worst Features

Could use a taller 5th gear or even a 6th gear to keep revs down at 70-80 mph. Split, fold down, rear seat would be nice. Better sound-proofing would deaden sound of road grit being thrown into wheel wells.
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