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2007 Kia Rio

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2007 Kia Rio Review

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Consumers on budgets have learned that finding a new car for under $12,000 is not easy. And finding one with standard front and rear side-curtain airbags and a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty leaves only one option: The Kia Rio. The Rio's bargain-basement price doesn't come at the expense of styling or fuel economy. The handsome little four-door is quite the looker, and those willing to spend a bit more cash can equip this little entry-level econobox with such upscale features as power windows, AM/FM/CD stereo and heated outside mirrors. The Rio also makes great strides in refinement over previous models, with more precision in the gearshift, less vibration from under the hood and a higher quality feel both inside and out.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking a fuel-efficient small car that is affordable, stylish, roomy and well equipped, the Rio sedan makes a great choice. Those worried about long-term reliability can take comfort in the Rio's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If finding a car with the highest fuel efficiency, best resale value and strongest customer satisfaction survey responses are more important than a low sticker price, purchasing a Nissan, Scion or Honda may be a better choice.

What's Significant About This Car?

A new trim, the SX, is added to the lineup and features 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear spoiler, sport seats with black mesh inserts and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Driving the Rio

Driving Impressions Ride comfort and easy maneuverability head the list of Rio merits. Even when the pavement gets troublesome, Kia's suspension absorbs considerable roughness. Steering is light, but the Rio is delightfully...

nimble in urban environments, tracks adeptly on straightaways and is easy to guide into turns. Through curves the body doesn't lean as much as might be expected. Performance is improved but is no more than adequate with the mannerly automatic transmission. Although the engine gets seriously buzzy when accelerating, it quiets nicely at speed. A low cowl and sizable rear glass help create nearly unobstructed visibility.

Six Standard Airbags
If Kia can put side-impact airbags and curtain-type airbags into every Rio, one wonders why other automakers have made these important safety features optional—if available at all.

Automatic Transmission
Unlike some small cars with automatics, the Rio goes through the gears promptly and easily, with no awkwardness or lurching. Shifts are barely noticed, in fact, though the manual transmission can deliver slightly more spirited acceleration.

2007 Kia Rio Details
2007 Kia Rio photo Interior

Although five passengers can squeeze into the Rio, longer-legged folks might not be comfortable in the backseat. Rear head- and foot room are adequate, but the rear seat is hard and reclines excessively, and the center occupant straddles a tunnel. Front occupants get ample space on supportive and well-cushioned seats. The Rio's trunk has grown to 11.9 cubic feet, and with the LX trim can be expanded thanks to the 60/40-split folding rear seat. Helpful extras include a dashboard slot that can hold a parking ticket, plus a hook that can carry a purse.

Exterior
2007 Kia Rio photo

Although designed in South Korea, the Rio's European-influenced appearance imparts a sporty and youthful character into an entry-level automobile. It's bigger than the previous generation in every dimension except overall length, it has a better-tuned suspension and a wider track than the last model—which deliver a more enjoyable road experience—and it weighs less, besides. The Rio rides on 14-inch steel wheels and the upper-level LX is equipped with full-wheel covers and wider tires, while the new SX can be equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Rio features a 1.6-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, body-colored bumpers, auto-off headlamps, rear defroster, variable wipers, height-adjustable driver's seat, tachometer, dual sun visors with vanity mirrors, dual cup holders, front side-impact airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags. The LX trim adds air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD, power steering, full wheel covers, tilt steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seat and rear-seat adjustable headrests. SX models include 15-inch alloy wheels, sport seats with red trim, fog lights and a rear spoiler.

Optional Equipment

Options for the Rio include a four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), dual heated power mirrors, power windows, power locks with remote keyless entry, front tweeter upgrade and a rear spoiler.

Under the Hood

Kia has raised the power of its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which drives either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Although Kia has made major improvements in noise, vibration and harshness, the Rio's engine is still buzzy at high speed and lacks the smoothness and refinement of its Japanese competitors. Fuel economy is excellent, approaching 40 miles per gallon when equipped with the four-speed automatic.

1.6-liter in-line 4
110 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
107 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 32/35 (manual), 29/38 (automatic)

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2007 Kia Rio Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 181 Ratings for the 2006 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Safest car ever!

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

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

Pros: "Smooth ride, very safe"

Cons: "costly parts, slow acceleration"

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

"This car is great when it comes to style, comfort, drivability and spaciousness. The ONLY problem I've had with this car in the past 4 years is a dead battery. BUT the cost of said battery was $190.00. So be prepared to pay higher costs for parts per my mechanic since Kia's are just "coming up". I still love my car and am proud of it's 10 yes 10 air bags!!!! Makes me feel completely safe and trust that my kids will be ok in the event of an accident."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great little car for the money

By on Thursday, May 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price fun to drive very ecconomical"

Cons: "Basic car, no frills Plastic instead of padding,,,"

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

"Have had this car since 2007, has cost very little to maintain. It has been reliable cheap transportation, for years now. Very satisfied with the overall features and driving pleasure this car has given, me. Would buy another without hesitation....."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Excellent car

By on Monday, April 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Easy to drive and park plus it get great gas mi."

Cons: "No cruse control"

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

"Money was not wasted on purchasing this vehicle. It is very reliable and has great gas mileage. The body size is perfect for parking at crowded places because it fits in just about any space. It is easy to drive for going to work, school and running errands."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

My little Rio.

By on Saturday, April 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "affordable car to own and drive!"

Cons: "cheap interior and some pesky motor issues."

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

"My little Kia Rio has been a pretty good car considering how I drive LOL. It is a super affordable vehicle to own and operate the gas mileage is great I average 35-37 in mix driving, while I get 40 mpg on the interstate. I will say, the motor is probably the cheapest, besides the interior. I have replaced all ignition coils and did several tune-ups to maintain it, and I'm very religious on oil changes LOL. If you are looking for an affordable small car don't be afraid to buy a Kia - they have improved. I drive 450-500 miles a week without any problem! :)"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Vehicle has been very dependable. Ready to go.

By on Thursday, March 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Confident. Great start up. Acceleration wonderful."

Cons: "Regular size vehicle."

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

"Body on vehicle great with just two exceptional dings on the driver side passenger door. Rear bumper backed into by someone. No apparent damage. MP3 CD player not used. Front tires changed out last year. Ignition switched out due to tumbler being messed up in December 2013. was under warranty. Knock-Knock sensor changed out in December 2013 on a recall. No problems otherwise. Mechanically sound. Great Transportation."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great little car!

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,500

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price, great gas mileage, fun to drive"

Cons: "No cruise control, no MP3/iPod dock"

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

"I call this car my transformer because it's a compact car that acts like a pickup truck! I have thoroughly enjoyed owning and driving this car and it has never let me down! My overall rating and comfort & convenience rating are 9 out of 10 for two very minor reasons: 1. no cruise control and 2. no MP3/iPod dock. The gas mileage is great and I have hauled a lot of stuff in it from furniture to trees and shrubs! And I have NEVER gotten stuck in a snow storm! Routine maintenance has kept this car in tip top shape and very reliable."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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