2009 Kia Rio Consumer Review: Needs Improvement

2009 Kia Rio - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Needs Improvement
By jrhorner on


2009 Kia Rio 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


The Rio is an excellent commuter car. However, paying 17200 for this car new with the warranty was a mistake. Purchased w/out A/C, power steering, or power options. Dealership said A/C absolutely could not be installed. The car accelerates fine as long as you are willing to rev the engine all the way up to 4000 rpms. Handles well even w/out powersteering.

Best Features

Fuel Economy is excellent. I can drive to work in an hour of traffic everyday on a half of tank of gas and still do my traveling for the weekend. I usually average about 45 mpg.

Worst Features

An A/C kit for those who wish to purchase and install this option aftermarket needs to be available. Aftermarket power options (Powersteering, Windows and Locks) would be nice. A sixth gear for manual transmissions would be a great improvement for Highway travel. Make performance options available.
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By rioriorio
on 03/07/11 16:24 PM (PST)

and you can get AC. it's the lx version, which is still cheaper than what you paid - i think.

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By rioriorio
on 03/07/11 16:23 PM (PST)

17,200!!!!!! dude you got ripped off... i just bought a used 2009 rio 6,000 miles - everything manual for 7k. the girl still had the sticker for it and it was like 10,500. maybe shop around a little on your next buy! you spent 10k more than i did, and my car only had 6,000 miles. ouch. great little car in manual transmission. little go cart. like more than my last civic.

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