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2003 Kia Rio

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Information shown for entry-level Wagon.

Fuel Economy:
City 22/Hwy 30/Comb 25 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2003 Kia Rio Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.3
Out of 10

Based on 279 Ratings for the 2001 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.1/10
    Quality
    6.5/10
  • Reliability
    7.2/10
    Performance
    6.6/10
  • Comfort
    6.6/10
    Styling
    6.7/10

Great for single people.

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great gas and good handling in extreme weather."

Cons: "Too small for families"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I loved my little Rio. I bought it when I was single and going to college and diving all over the city and out laying areas. The gas mileage was incredible and super cheap to fill. It was a little beast in the snow too. The only problems I had with it were both front door handles broke, which is apparently an issue with this make and model. It also is not very family friendly as the car is really a compact, regardless of what the title lists it as, so when I got married and started a family, we very quickly outgrew the size."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

good little 4 cylinder car

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"good looking car, inside & out, no pictures to add at this time, great gas mileage, a/c works great, bought approximately 2 months ago, not adapting well to the lack of the power steering option & shifting, years ago, no problem. I have bad shoulders & right elbow, the more I drive the car, the more pain I'm in. I need a 4cyl, automatic."

9 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Very reliable transportation

By on Friday, July 3, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great price and gas mileage!"

Cons: "Only thing I'd change would be to have air!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car new...no frills...needed dependable transportation ....this car has been fantastic! Has never given me trouble, never broken down, always starts, very good on gas...I've spent a little over $1000.00 in 14 years of ownership to replace timing belt, boots, etc....never wore out just as precaution....I've changed oil approx every 3000 miles.....great transportation car! AAA told me they've never had a call for a Kia! I wouldn't be getting rid of it but have a new grandchild and need air conditioning and more airbags.....I will buy another Kia!"

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

it is dependable and decent on gas, a lot of fun

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 202,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "good running,"

Cons: "small gas tank"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"It has a lot of highway miles put on it , it has been to new York ,Tennessee, Colorado, new Jersey, Kansas and Texas. Minor repairs"

5 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Worst Car Ever

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I don't think I will ever buy a Kia again. This car has been nothing but trouble. It hasn't even reached 100,000 miles and the engine is failing. The car shakes all the time. It does not like to accelerate which is a big problem when I try to drive on the interstate. I have to constantly take it to a shop to get it fixed. Plus I hate the manual locks and windows! Overall a terrible car!"

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

CHEAP!

By on Sunday, November 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Electric Windows"

Cons: "Everything other than the windows"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This vehicle has been nothing but problems, especially with it's transmission. Of the year and a half I've owned it, I've only been able to drive it for half of that time, maximum. The rest it's been in the shop, being repaired. It's an extremely cheap vehicle, not even including cruise control. I was honestly surprised it had electric windows, probably the car's best feature. If you're on a budget and looking for a car that will at least work, this isn't it. I have a used 2005 Rio, but with my experience, I'm scared to try a new one."

26 people out of 40 found this review helpful

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