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Kia Rio



  • Just for you all curious as to the initial quality rankings for tested 2006 models, here the link is. 2006 JDPower IQS. 2006 Rio is highest rated B Class/Subcompact car initially.

    2006 JDPower IQS
  • riomikeriomike Posts: 39
    Good news! I think more and more people are starting to notice Kia as their cars get better every year. I knew the Rio5 was a winner when it beat Yaris and Caliber (among others) in last months Car and Driver! Keep it up Kia Motors!
  • mwrobe1mwrobe1 Posts: 7
    I'm not a musician...but I own a '06 Kia Rio...and I did win a couple karoke contests when I was in college. Gotta count for something! :P
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,685
    Unfortunately the Car and Driver evaluation is pretty much meaningless. A simple understanding of how they value automobiles shows that. In spite of the improvements the Korean cars like the Rio do not get the mileage that cars from Honda and Toyota get. A very telling defect which indicates they are not quite ready for prime time (or my dollar) Toyota makes nothing like the very excellent body style of the Rio 5 however.
    Ill be inpressed with reliability stats when they show up in Consumer Reports. JD Power is just a beauty contest.
  • I have always had problems with Consumer Reports opinions, but yesterday I was reading the car issue at the Doctor's office and noticed one model had tow average marks and all the rest were above average or higher. The overall rating was below average. How can that happen??? :confuse:
  • dchancodchanco Posts: 1
    well I BOUGHT a 2006 kia rio and let me tell you that the dealership was the worst I have EVER been to, the car is not all that they said it would be and I will NEVER buya kia anything EVER again. I have had nothing but problems with both the car AND the dealership (to include calling kia corporate headquarters, which was bad as well). The car stumbles almost every morning when I go to work, the engine struggles when going up small hills, the seats are as uncomfortable as all get when traveling more than a few miles and the gas is not as good as I was told it was going to be, maybe I went to a crappy dealership and got a crappy car but I will NEVER EVER buy a kia again. and I HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOCK KIA ALL I WANT TO INCLUDE THEIR CORPORATE OFFICE (which was as helpful as my asking my 10 yrold niece for help)!!
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    Have you tried going to a different dealer? Some are excellent, others redefine the term "suck." There's not much corporate can really do if the dealer won't play ball, and they could be better at weeding out the bad dealerships. But there are a lot of good Kia dealerships out there, hunt around for a different one. Which dealership are you dealing with and where?

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    hello, 1st post here... :) i got questions...

    1- i never saw a rio5 hatch in person yet..(i live in RURAL kansas... ;) ) and i am wondering about the size of it? i see scion xA pretty often and aveos, it is roughly the same size as these cars?

    2- i read most of the post here and the rio doesn,t seem to get as good gas mileage as yaris, xA or aveo ( which isn,t mention often??) i am looking for at least 35 mpg, is it doable with the rio? i would drive mostly highway.

    3- i am putting the rio on my list of future buy (in the fall i will get a new car) because of the warranty, is it worth it to buy this car versus a nissan versa (i am really interested in that nissan) because it has a better warranty?

    4- is the sitting position pretty high? or is it like the 1990's honda civic where you sit on the road and you have to CLIMB OUT of the car???? :mad:

    here is my list of cars, feel free to comment or give me some advice...i am getting a litte confused :confuse:
    1- rio5 hatch
    2-chevy aveo hatch
    3-nissan versa hatch
    4- toyota yaris hatch
    5-scion xA hatch

    i drove a wrangler for a couple of years and recently sold my is A MAJOR change for me to even consider driving a small car...but i drove the aveo and the xB and the sitting position is high enough that it convince me to give them a try!!!
  • misriemisrie Posts: 4
    My rio sedan has been getting 38-39 miles per gallon highway. Im very pleased with that. After driving a wrangler for years i understand about the sitting low. The seats in the rio adjust so you can put them up or lower. Its not the same as a truck in anyway but it is a comfortable little car and the gas milage is great
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    thanks for your reply!! nice to know you understand my point about wrangler...i had 31" tires on it too..was a rough ride but was my dream car!!! i could go on on about my jeeps but that is beside the subject here... ;)
    good to know about the gas mileage!that is my numebr 1 criteria at this point.
    how about the size? comparable to xA and aveo?? i have the brochure but it is hard to tell with a picture. don't get me wrong, i think it is a really nice looking car, i love the sunset orange btw!!! looks a bit like the pontiac vibe, which i like too but a few $$$ more than i can afford.
  • misriemisrie Posts: 4
    yeah I had 31's on my wrangler also. I also was my dream car but had to switch due to how much gas it cost me. I really don't know how it compares to the other cars. When i bought mine i was looking for gas milage, price and warrenty and interest rate. I didn't "like" any of the cars out there cause I LOVED MY JEEP. So it was just transportation. I have come to really like it. I am looking for an old jeep just to have to play with cause I need it! But if your looking for cheap reliable transportation I think the kia will be it. Best warrenty since id be out of most warrenties in the 1st yr. I get better gas milage then what they stated. And just think! when you need to replace the tires you can get all 4 for the price of 1 you would have spent!
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    wranglers get about 14-15 mpg.....LOL!!!!! my cherokee was getting 20...not bad for a 4.0 / 6 cylinders :) but again not enough... and true for the tires too...the pontiac vibe which was my 1st pick for a long time, uses 16" tires and acording to my husband,( who is a mechanic ) they are a lot more $$$ than 14 and 15" and it should be consider when buying a car...
    thank you for your input on the kia...i will go to test drive a rio5 pretty soon and see if i like it !!!
  • lbeasmanlbeasman Posts: 10
    Whet to 1 of 2 KIA dealers around my city. They have a "dealer added" sticker on car of $2995. I questioned the salesman about what was added on. He replied that it was markup. He stated KIA MSRP includes no mark up. I think this guy is full of it.

    Can anybody confirm this?? :confuse:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    The guy is full of it... in multiple ways.

    $2995 additional markup on the Rio5 is unbelievable, considering there are excellent competitors available for LESS money (MSRP) than the Rio5. For example, the Rabbit 3-door lists at only $16k including destination and 16" alloys and all the safety gear, and has much more power and is a far superior car IMO in all respects (except fuel economy) compared to the Rio5.
  • detrinodetrino Posts: 1
    Hi, I was looking for information on the 2006 rio and found this site. I am seriously considering buying a 5 speed rio5 or sedan LX. Could you post what model you have and how much you paid? Thanks!
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
    You may have noticed new discussions cropping up all over theplace. What's happening is that we're moving away from large, everythign in one pile types of discussions and towards smaller, more focused ones.

    Here in the Kia Rio Group, you'll now see discussions like:
    New Kia Rio Owners - Give Us Your Report
    Kia Rio Test Drive - What Did You Think?
    Kia Rio: MPG-Real World Numbers
    Kia Rio Safety & Crash Test Results
    Kia Rio: A/C Problems & Questions
    Kia Rio: Prices Paid & Buying Experience
    Kia Rio: Lease Questions

    I've been moving posts fromthis main discussion to populate some of the new ones. So before youpost, please check the discussionlist to find the appropriate discussion. If you have an issue that doesn't appear to have a discussion up and running, please feel free to create one, or contact me via email withthe suggestion. For example Kia Rio Brake Questions or Kia Rio Audio & Entertainment Questions haven't come up yet, but are likely to be created at some point.

    It will take a little time to break old habits for all of us, but I'll be moving posts, posting reminders, and directing traffic as we make the transition. ;)

    Thanks for you help and understanding as we slide the furniture around a bit!

    Need help navigating? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.
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  • gy563gy563 Posts: 44
    Here's some pictures about Rio Hybrid. Notice the huge difference between gas rio and hybride rio's speed meter.
  • Has anyone else noticed that the Kia Rio has started to make some noise in the automotive market? I’ve been working with Kia lately and everyone has been talking about the JD Power award they recently won. It came a shock to me cuz I like Kia cars but its not something from them that I expected. However, it is cool to see a car company working hard on improving their cars and their image for real. Anyone know what I’m talking about and agree with me?
  • chuck1959chuck1959 Posts: 654
    It came a shock to me cuz I like Kia cars but its not something from them that I expected.

    Why? Being an owner of 2 Rio Cincos ('02 & '04)I know their good cars so it didn't come as a shock to me.
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