"i bought this car just to run around in so i dont put miles on my other automobiles, it was cheap paid 3k for it, good on gas i have the 5speed fun to drive, can whip it in tight spaces esp living in the city, i call it the P car for practical. have pleantly of space esp with the rear fold down seats, cold a/c good heat, had no problems with her she got 68k miles, i did replace the timing belt as suppose too. hope to keep it few more years."
"This is the second Kia Rio I have owned and I really like it. I have had it for almost 5 years now and haven't had a single problem. It is not by any means a fancy car- it is a cute car that is great for a college student like myself who only uses it for commuting back and forth to school and work. I think it accelerates well given its 4 cylinders but it's not anything that would blow your mind, and if it's a windy day prepare to be all over the road. Other than that its a great economical car that's worth the money- especially for the incredible 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. This car keeps its passengers pretty safe but the car itself is not very resilient. I lost my first Rio(2001) when it was totaled by a drunk motorcyclist who hit me head on at about 40 mph- I got out of the car with hardly a scratch but the outside of the car was crumpled like a tin can. Safe on the inside- little flimsy on the outside- and given the low price of the car, pretty easy to total."
"this car has been very good overal for a throw-away car (low resale value). good mileage (33-37 mpg); pretty spunky performance (with K&N air filter);would have rather had another color (black was only color available with desired equipment when i bought it in oct. '03); one other drawback is lack of aftermarket or oem parts except through kia. would probably buy another."
Pros: "Fun to drive - easy to park - good on gas!"
Cons: "No engine power - Not comfortable - Cheaply made!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"This vehicle is a decent small compact car. The quality of this particular year is OK but could have been a lot better. They have improved this vehicle a lot since 2005 making it better. You generally get what you pay for but this car is fairly easy to work on and most of the parts are cheap. It is a great little car for running around town but its not much of a open highway/expressway vehicle for power or comfort. The gas mileage is fairly good!"