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Kia Rio MPG-Real World Numbers



  • riomikeriomike Posts: 39
    Forgot to mention latest MPG, after 9 thousand miles I am averaging 27.1 with mixed driving and AC on at all times. Anybody doing better (or worse)?
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    with the automatic...I've gotten up to 36 with mine. I get around 34 at 65, 36 if I keep it under 60. If I drive like a bat outta Toledo and run 80 for good stretches I'll get 31 or 32. EPA highway on the automatic is 38, 35 for the stick. But EPA highway ratings are based on an average test speed of 48mph, and I'd hazard most of us have a higher average than that. :D

    I only got 28 going through Chicago and Rockford the last time I drove up that way though, I hit the traffic at the worst time. The last tollbooth just south of Beloit was backed up all the way to Rockford! And it was too hot to open the windows and shut the engine off, I needed the AC.

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • What kinda mileage do yall get out of you Rio's old and the newer models??
  • Been some time since I checked the forums...had no need actually. But since this has split into an mpg thing I can report that I have just over 11,000 miles on the sedan now and my overall average is 29.67 with a high of 44.5 (pure highway at over 70 mph average) and a low of 21.8 back in the break-in period that was almost all stop and go. Right now I'm averaging 32 mpg with a 60/40 highway/s&g split. Still liking the car and no issues to report.
  • We purchased our std transmission '03 Rio in July '05 at 17,794 miles. In Oct '06, we are at 28,594 miles.
    We have averaged 28 mpg in pure city driving.
    During one week of mixed highway/city driving to a suburban area, 40-65 mph, we got 34 mpg.
    On a 375 mile round trip to a rural community, pushing 80 mph much of the way, I got 37 mpg. So that is what I had put on our license plates. My wife has since made a 150 mile trip to another small town, with a lot of mountain driving, 55-65 mph. She got 42.5 mpg on that trip.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Those are the kind of numbers that can spoil you in a hurry! It's why we have been driving 4 bangers for almost 30 years.


    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • hi everyone,

    i am considering buying a 2006 kia rio 5 speed. could anyone post their real world mileage experience for this car? thanks!
  • What do you mean 4 bangers for almost 30 years? What kind of cars are you driving? I'm looking for my first car. Please help me.
  • I have a 2004 Rio modified with a GT25R turbo and I still manage 26-28 MPG and make 152 hp at the wheels.. And that is a mix of highway/city and I'm a little heavy on the pedal sometimes..
  • how's your '04 Kia Rio been for mechanical performance and reliability? Reasonable cost to operate and keep the car maintained, etc.? I like the new '06 Rio5 and Rio LX sedans.

    I'll bet you can really get that little car to scoot with the turbocharger, eh?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Reliability has been perfect, It doesn't use the stock ECM anymore.. It runs a MegaSquirt fuel/spark managment. No broken parts due to the turbo.. I had a throw out bearing exlope in the tranny but that's it.. The car goes like a scared rabbit.
  • max43max43 Posts: 6
    I just bought an '08 Rio5, 5 speed manual. For a 70/30 highway/city driving my mileage on the first tank was 33.2 MPG, second tank 32.1 MPG. I've heard that you can't expect the really high mileage until 10k. But for a new engine, the initial indications are good I think.

  • Same as the previous message, bought an '08 Rio5 LX w/ 5 spd, clocked in over 3800 on the odometer already, no frills basic car. Do about the same amount of driving 70/30 (hwy/city) because of work, about 340 miles a week. Even though its a small tank, 11.9 gal. - averaging 350 - 370 miles per tankful. Pretty happy with the numbers, I'm sure it will only get better. Not bad for a "puddle-jumper".
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    for all of us have at it. Doesn't even start to make a lick a sense to me.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • mnourse1mnourse1 Posts: 3
    there are several factors that govern your city mileage.. First off, if you have an automatic transmission, it doesnt shift into the higher(od) gear until you reach 38miles per hour, keeping that in mind, if your always at 25-35 you never reach the optimum operating rpm range for fuel effeciency.(watch your rpms, thats the tachometer.) If you have a 5 speed tranny, you must be shifting it incorrectly, maybe winding the engine up to hi, before you shift from , 1st to 2nd, to third etc..check also your tire pressure make sure its at the manufactors specs. I have a 2008 Rio with automatic tranny and consistantly been getting high 20s city and mid 30s hiway,, remember for every 5miles per hour over 60 miles perhour, you get app 5-10% lower fuel economy, that being said, If you drive at 75 mph, youll probably only get 28 miles on the hiway, If you take it down to 60 mph, youll probably end up getting around low 30s.
  • my_burgmy_burg Posts: 2
    Just bought a new 2008 Base Rio.

    Checked the milage this morning. 30mpg, mostly highway. mostly 70 mph

    The overdrive (5th gear in my standard transmission) is geared too low. I'm tach'ing 3500 rpm at 70 mph. Should be between 2500 rpm and 3000 rpm.

    I don't see how I will ever get 38 mpg out of this ride?

    On the other hand, the Rio has much more torque with the 1.6L I4 than my 95 civic 1.5L I4.
  • mnourse1mnourse1 Posts: 3
    Yea MY automatic 08 Kia is running about 2600 rpms @70 mph.. the factory sticker even suggests that the manual is 3 miles a gallon thirstier than the automatic in hiway mileage..but you should get upper 20s in city,, I get almost 30 mpgs city
  • radascutaradascuta Posts: 1

    Could you please tell me where you got the turbo from? I have an '03 Rio and would like to speed it up.

    Thanks much.
  • danharrisdanharris Posts: 9
    Everything for the turbo was custom fabricated in my garage.
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