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2006 Kia Rio

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 27/Hwy 32/Comb 29 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2006 Kia Rio Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 195 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

This car is a lemon and a black hole for money!

By on Friday, February 05, 2016

I owned and sold this car

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great on gas!"

Cons: "Everything else!"

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

"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."

New tires, minimal inside wear, outside dings

By on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,186

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "only 21,186 original miles"

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."

8 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Good transportation.

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good gas mileage , and dependable"

Cons: "Road and wind noise."

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

"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."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

it's aight

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
6/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "great gas mileage"

Cons: "literally everything else"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"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."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

you get what you pay for with Kia

By on Monday, May 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
4/10

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."

5 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Super fun car to drive!

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"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."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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