2008 Kia Rio Consumer Review: Great Commuter Car for the Mon

2008 Kia Rio - Consumer Review

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Rio5 LX Wagon (1.6L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Great Commuter Car for the Money
By kyatty on


2008 Kia Rio Rio5 LX 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 4A)


I was in the market to get to and from work everyday and wanted to keep my costs down. I had only owned Japanese cars, with one exception of a GMC pickup that was a big mistake. I was a little unsure about the KIA, but after nearly 2 years I'm glad I took the plunge. This little car is just what I needed. The fuel economy is quite good, but could be improved. It's surprisingly fun to drive. It's far roomier than you would expect from its dimesions. I've never had a single problem with this car --just regularly scheduled maintenance. Sure, I get the occasional odd look from other attorneys when they see me in my little Rio5, but I could care less.

Best Features

1. Good fuel economy 2. Handles well and a dream to park 3. Roomier than one would think with the hatchback 4. Excellent reliability 5. Low cost 6. Enough pep to merge into traffic without any problems 7. Well designed layout

Worst Features

1. Fuel economy could still be better 2. Design enhancements to protect occupants in side impact crashes 3. Better tires 4. Lockable glove box
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