This is a sheep in wolf's clothing
Nothing mechanically wrong.
Before I purchased this car, I was tooling around in a '94 Geo Metro.
I thought I was upgrading when I purchased the Rio, but I was wrong.
You can definitely feel that this is the cheapest car on the market.
Nothing has gone wrong mechanically, but.
The Geo was more refined and better built.
~The shifting mechanism on the Rio is sloppy, slow, and doesn't engage instantly.
~There is no power. My 3cyl Geo can outrun the Rio.
~Gas mileage is terrible. For this size of engine, 27-31mpg is absurd! I've been getting 45mpg+, so I'm a little spoiled.
~The interior looks alright and the sound system is quite nice, but the overall feel of the car is that it is simply trying to "appear" expensive.
With poor gas mileage, no power, and the sloppy shifting design, this car gets negative marks from me. The body/look is fine and the interior is nice. However, the interior and the body are not what get you from place to place.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th May, 2005