2007 Kia Rio

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2007 Kia Rio Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Kia Rio was new.

The Rio delivers plenty of safety features and is backed by an outstanding warranty, but it doesn't offer the cutting-edge interior features of others in its class. If you're in the market for an affordable small car, you should also consider the Honda Fit and the Scion tC.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.1
Safety: 6.4
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Standard six air bags (more than most competitors)
  • Good fuel economy for its class
  • Great warranty
  • Sprightly acceleration for an economy car
  • Bare-bones standard features
  • Mixed results in crash tests

2007 Kia Rio Overview

The 2007 Kia Rio is a good option for budget-conscious drivers interested in the bare necessities of driving, reviewers feel. Most easily expressed by Kelley Blue Book, "consumers on budgets have learned that finding a new car for under $12,000 is not easy. And finding one with standard front and rear side-curtain air bags and a 10-year / 100,000-mile warranty leaves only one option: The Kia Rio." Buyers have two body style options: the four-door Rio sedan or the five-door hatchback, which Kia calls the "Rio5".

Automotive reviewers describe comfortable seating but a lack of many interior features drivers consider basic. For some, the Rio makes up for this with its standard safety features. So says MSN: "The redesigned new Rio, which continues with the alluring warranty, remains among the lowest-priced autos. But it's built on a new platform and has slicker styling, more power, additional room and added safety features." Additionally, reviewers are generally pleased with the Rio's driving capabilities, especially for a car of its stature. To Car and Driver, the Rio is a "car that is bigger in size ... one you might actually enjoy driving," with Motor Trend concluding, "sometimes, the best surprises come in small packages."

Auto writers have recognized the 2007 Kia Rio with a variety of awards -- it's a Best Buy according to Consumer Guide and a Most Wanted Sedan under $15,000 on Edmunds' Most Wanted List.

Reviewers wrestle with the notion that while the 2007 Kia Rio is a great value for drivers because it offers a good standard safety package at a low price, it might not maintain a desirable resale value. USA Today suggests that the "Rio still faces a value hurdle. To get a Rio decked out as most people probably prefer, you'd wind up with a sticker price close to that of a Ford Focus or Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla." Meanwhile, Kelley Blue Book says that "If finding a car with the highest fuel efficiency, best resale value and strongest customer satisfaction survey responses are more important than a low sticker price, purchasing a Nissan, Scion or Honda may be a better choice." IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Kia Rio a rating of "average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared with other vehicles in its class.

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