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2005 Kia Rio
2005 Kia Rio
Available Price Range $920-$4,984 Trims2 Combined MPG 28 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2005 Kia Rio

Our Take

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
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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

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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