• (3.7) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,293$4,729
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 28
  • Engine: 104-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2005 Kia Rio

Our Take on the 2005 Kia Rio

Introduced for the 2001 model year, the South Korean-built Kia Rio sedan was touted as the lowest-priced car on the American market. Kia launched a Rio Cinco wagon companion for the 2002 model year.Both subcompact body styles were redesigned and gained some welcome power for 2003. The current 1.6... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Performance with automatic
  • Resale value
  • Backseat space
  • Side-impact crash-test ratings
  • No side-impact airbags

Notable Features

  • 104-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sedan and wagon body styles

2005 Kia Rio Reviews

Consumer Reviews


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Poor MPG, dangerously slow

by sad renter II from Ohio on September 1, 2006

I've owned and driven many small cars with 4-cyl engines. This slug with an automatic transmission took almost 8 seconds to reach 35 mph! Dangerously slow. The odd part is it still only got 30 mpg on ... Read Full Review

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2005 Kia Rio Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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