Used 2009 Kia Rio Sedan
Kia Rio Sedan
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2009 Kia Rio KBB Expert Review
Consumers on budgets have learned that finding a new sedan for around $12,000 is not easy. And finding one with standard front and rear side-curtain airbags and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty leaves only one option: The 2009 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, steering-wheel audio controls and heated outside mirrors. The Rio has also made 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 2009 Kia Rio makes a great choice. Those worried about long-term reliability can take comfort in the Rio's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-year/60,000 basic 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 Versa, Toyota Yaris or Honda Fit may be a better choice.
What's New for 2009
All 2009 Kia Rio models receive an AM/FM/MP3 compatible CD stereo with a three-month trial subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio as standard equipment. LX and SX trims add a USB port beside the standard auxiliary audio input jack.
Ride comfort and easy maneuverability head the list of the 2009 Kia Rio's merits. Even when the pavement gets troublesome, the Rio'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 side curtain-type airbags into every Rio, one wonders why all automakers have not followed.
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.
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. The Rio5 is a bit more useful, thanks to its large hatch opening and folding rear seats. Helpful extras include a dashboard slot that can hold a parking ticket, plus a hook that can carry a purse.
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 one might think, given its sub-compact status, and it has a nicely-tuned suspension and a wide track for added stability. As a result, the Rio delivers a smooth ride with somewhat sporty handling. The Rio rides on 14-inch steel wheels and the upper-level LX is equipped with full-wheel covers and wider tires, while the SX can be equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2009 Kia 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, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, dual sun visors with vanity mirrors, dual cup holders and front, front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags. The LX trim adds air conditioning, auxiliary audio input jack and USB port, 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.
Notable 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, steering wheel audio controls, front tweeter upgrade and a rear spoiler.
Under the Hood
The 2009 Kia Rio is powered by a 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, and it's EPA-rated at 35 miles per gallon on the highway 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: 27/33 (manual), 26/35 (automatic)
The 2009 Kia Rio Sedan's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $12,000, while the LX stickers closer to $14,000. An automatic transmission adds another $850. A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows what other people in your area are currently paying for their Rios, so be sure to check it prior to visiting your local Kia dealer. Also be sure to check the Incentive tab to see what deals Kia might be offering at the time. The Rio's resale values over time are average, but we expect them to be below those of the Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa.
Kia Rio Consumer Reviews
December 25, 2017
Reliable and nice appearance.
The car has good gas mileage. Reliable on the open road like a multi-lane highway. The interior is well kept up and is a non-smoker...
March 07, 2017
I love my Rio5 LX it is te best car I ever owned
I love my Rio5LX have had it for 8 yrs and had NO problems with it
June 15, 2016
Great price, great car.
I bought this car brand new in 2010 and have had zero problems. The mileage is actually getting better as it ages. I'm 6'2" and the...
February 19, 2016
Reliable and sturdy compact car!
I bought my 2006 Kia Rio used in 2013 with around 80,000 miles. So, I've owned it for 3 years and put in about 40,000 miles on it. I...
August 17, 2015
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...
loves me a rio
July 01, 2015
Love my 2010 KIA RIO so much, went and got a 2015
Onward to even better gas mileage. Drive yours home today.
March 28, 2015
Super fun car to drive!
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...
January 16, 2015
This has been a very good car for the price We have not had any major problems or recalls. It served the purpose it was purchased for,...
December 17, 2014
Great in snow
Perfect small car , 4 cyl is very quick, great value. I have had my car for 5 years and no problems. 9 out of 10 for compact value car.
September 08, 2014
this car has been great
so far i have not had one problem with this car