Reliable and inexpensive car
I have had no problems with my Kia Rio during the first year and 22,000 miles I have owned it. Very reliable. I have done nothing but change the oil so far. Tires and brakes are not yet needing replacement.
I am very happy with my purchase.
I was concerned about the power output from a 1.5 liter engine, but there is no need for concern. Power is not stellar, but more than sufficient for commuting. I have driven it skiing, over 11,000 foot Loveland pass, some 10 times in the past year, and it manages the mountains just fine, provided you keep the rpms up, like any compact car.
Comfort is good for commuting, only adequate for long interstate trips. Rear seat leg room is limited, sufficient for my 7 year old, but a bit tight for adults on long drives. Front seat comfort is fine for my 5'10" 245 lbs. body.
Gas mileage is averaging just over 30mph, despite my aggressive driving and high-altitude.
Styling is OK. Most people have a favorable reaction to my Kia, especially when they hear how inexpensive they are. Several of my friends have now purchased Kias (Rio and Spectra) at my recommendation and are happy with the purchase also.
All things considered, nothing very exciting, but a true bargain, and good commuter vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th January, 2003