30th Jan 2002, 19:24

Be careful. Kia really isn't a good investment. It's Kia for cryin' out loud! Most of the one's I've seen are up for sale because of miscellaneous problems with them. I think you should really consider getting something better. You will be safer that way and it will save you a lot of headaches.

30th Jan 2002, 19:28

Kia Rios suck. They make only 96 HP flat out. Other cars in the Rio class are the Hyundai Accent and probably the Toyota Echo. I wouldn't touch any one of them, and believe me, you shouldn't either.

6th Feb 2002, 19:53

You can sometimes take a Honda? What kind of Honda would that be because I don't think a Kia Rio can take any Honda or anything else.

20th Sep 2002, 10:42

I bought a 2002 Kia Rio in July of 2002 and I have been extremely satisfied with it. I am getting gas mileage that varies between 33-36 mpg on the highway. I bought this car for its frugality and I don't believe with "keeping up with the Joneses", and in San Antonio Texas, I didn't want to waste $30,000 on the seemingly ubiquitous SUV that everyone seems to "gotta have"... I didn't expect all sorts of pointless options, cushy-comforts and for what I am paying, I didn't expect quality of the sort that one might find when purchasing a Porsche. To date, and for the money I have spent, it has been and continues to be an excellent car. Kia is still getting their quality in line for the North American market. But mark my words, they will one day be as good as Toyota or Honda. Although it is my opinion, I believe that some buyers of this vehicle, being of a lower socio-economic class, may not treat the vehicle with a fair amount of care while operating it. That kind of treatment can lead to premature failure. This is just my theory...

27th May 2003, 10:19

I bought a Kia Rio in September of 2002 and have had nothing but problems. My car continues to vibrate badly at 60mph, and it can't be fixed!I will never buy another Kia again!

8th Aug 2006, 05:56

I have a 2001 Kia Rio LS. Personally I prefer the automatic. I guess it depends from where you come from. When I was in the states, I wouldn't have considered a Rio, but now the rivals to my Rio are mainly Indian. I have 70,000 miles, had to replace a burnt out light, placed in a new battery and replaced the freon in the a/c.

Car is fast compared to a Honda I had before, a 95 Civic, while my brother has a Honda Jazz, and he's impressed by my car's pick up...

Fuel economy is average, I get about 30 miles to the gallon.

Car has an enormous boot, moved house recently and the car was incredibly useful.