Both a sedan and a Rio Cinco wagon were offered in the prior Rio generation. For 2006, a Rio5 hatchback is available in addition to the redesigned Rio sedan, which is listed separately in the cars.com Research section. Available only in SX trim, the Rio5 comes standard with side-impact and side curtain-type airbags.
Created with a European-inspired exterior, the Rio5 features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. Black side moldings are installed, and the bumpers contain black inserts. The wheel well openings have a sculpted design, and body-colored mirrors are installed.
The Rio5 has an independent front suspension and a semi-independent rear suspension. The hatchback features fog lamps, a rear spoiler, 15-inch alloy wheels and power steering.
Up to five people can fit inside the Rio5. Standard equipment includes an eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat, variable intermittent wipers and a rear-window defroster. Additional features include air conditioning, a CD stereo with four speakers, a tilt steering column, and a 60/40-split, folding rear seat.
The hatchback also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and can hold 15.8 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat. With that seat folded, space increases to 49.6 cubic feet. An optional Power Package includes remote keyless entry and power windows, locks and mirrors.
Under the Hood
The Rio5's 1.6-liter four-cylinder develops 110 hp and 107 pounds-feet of torque. Either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission can be installed.
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain-type airbags and front seat belt pretensioners are standard. Antilock brakes are optional.
The Rio5's handling capabilities exceed expectations; it maneuvers eagerly through urban or rural environments, and its body rolls less than anticipated.
Backseat space isn't too appealing. Legroom even in the outer positions is marginal if the front seat is moved appreciably rearward. In addition, the hard rear seatback reclines too much for true comfort. Still, headroom is passable and foot space is adequate. Climbing into the backseat isn't too difficult.
Despite short seat bottoms, the front seats are rather comfortable. Cargo space in the Rio5 is less than bountiful, but visibility is unobstructed.