"I bought this car several years ago and head a constant headache from the moment I drove it out of the lot. All the bearings went, recalls on parts, brake issues, the timing belt, electrical issues, fuses blown, you name it! Every other week I had to replace a bulb on a turning signal or brake light. The cloth ceiling started falling down and the brake sensor started going at 60k. Any little things like buttons or clips made from cheap plastic will break. The entire setup is cramped and uncomfortable and made of cheap light-colored cloth that stains easily. Any money you think you're saving on this "value" of a car will be dumped into this black hole of an investment no matter how well you think you "maintain your vehicles". I dropped 6K (at least) on the constant minor repairs on this cheap plastic car in the first two years of ownership alone. I was lucky anyone even gave me any money for it when I sold it last year since Kias violently devalue. Get a Toyota and save yourself the hassle. I know I did."
Cons: "minor scratches, normal wear inside but clean"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Only 21,186 miles. Brand new tires, alignment, outside dings and minor scratches from shopping carts that users don't put in their proper location, minor squirrel skids (have repaired most of them), front & rear camera black boxes, minimal inside wear, no visible rust, undercoating maintain by owner, maintenance every 5,000 miles (uses synthetic oil)and best spark plugs installed, new air filter."
"Had timing belt replaced at about 70,000 miles. One spark plug coil went bad at 80,000, so I replaced the spark plugs at that time also.
Only other issue was the condensation drain for the A/C plugged up, resulting in wet carpet on right side floor. Pretty simple fix.
Really, excellent transportation for the money."
"It's an ok car... She gets great gas mileage. I can drive from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake on one $27 tank of gas. Don't even try getting up any kind of incline without getting significant momentum or you'll be in 4th gear going 15mph. If you live in a flat city and never plan on leaving, this car is ok. For anyone who even has a steep driveway..... keep looking."
Pros: "lowest price by far when comparing new cars."
Cons: "Lowest quality driving experience, by far."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I have the 5 spd so it is powerful enough if I floor it. Light weight REQUIRES winter tires with any snow. M & S rated are worthless for the Rio. My mileage is 32 - 34 in the winter and 36 to 37 in summer. Torque steer in 1st is considerable. Disappears by 3rd. Buzzy like a chainsaw over 60 mph, yes in 5th. Kia only filled the tranny with half the oil needed initially. Dealer couldn't explain why shifting to 5th created sychro grinding until I waited a second to go from 4th to 5th. Warranty didn't cover 'noises' from tranny. Found out when changed out fluid at 60k miles."
"This is not the Kia of yesteryear.. My 5 speed 2009 Rio is a little jack rabbit! It feels tight and handles like a sports car. It can accelerate through turns without throwing your body into the passenger seat. The engine is spirited yet gets 33-34 mpg city/hwy mix. I imagine that a long trip could reach into the 36+ mpg range. The turning radius is amazing. This car can make U-turns like the wind and is a dream to park. Manual windows, door locks, mirrors...not a big deal for me. Less things to fail and cost you money."