2006 Kia Rio

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10 reviews
Available Price Range $1,539-$7,759 Trims2 Combined MPG 33 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2006 Kia Rio

Our Take

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat space and comfort

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2006
  • Enlarged dimensions
  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags


Our Expert Reviews

The low end of the new-car market has come a long way in the past few decades, and nothing testifies to that better than the 2006 Kia Rio.Built in South Korea and sold through Kia's 640 U.S. dealers, the new Rio sedan (and Rio5 hatchback wagon) arrived in August. It became, with a sticker price on the base model of $10,570, the cheapest car offering six air bags -- two in front, two on the... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 10 reviews

Outstanding value for the money

by Muscle car man that likes gas mileage TOO from Frederick, Colorado on November 16, 2006

I bought a 2006 rio LX automatic and just love it. I have done a lot of research on Kia's redesign of the Rio and I don't think I have come across a bad review yet. Reliability? who knows but with a 1... 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.


Crash-Test Reports

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Kia Rio Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Kia Rio Base

Overall Rollover Rating
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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