2002 Kia Rio Base 1.5 from North America
Affordable, economical, reliable, transportation
Rear defrost inoperative, switch removed before I bought the car.
Original tires have a soft sidewall, which can puncture easily.
This has been a great car.
It is economical, dependable, basic transportation.
I drive it daily, and on the interstate generally run from 70 to 80 MPH.
If you exceed 80, the rear end begins to feels loose and unstable. I plan to buy some nice gas shocks to correct this issue.
A set of lower profile tires would also greatly improve handling.
I have had no problems with the this car at all.
The acceleration is but smooth, but I wish that 5th gear was a little higher for I often try to shift for a higher gear.
I use Mobil 1 for oil and plan to have this car for many years and miles.
I am 6 feet tall and am very comfortable driving this car.
My car gets a respectable 34MPG even with the higher speeds I drive at. I have got almost 37MPG if I drive the car slower.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th May, 2005