2007 Kia Rio

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Kia Rio. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    33 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    110-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Safety features for its class
  • Additional power is modest but welcome
  • Transmission operation
  • Maneuverability
  • Ride comfort on most surfaces

The Bad

  • Backseat space and comfort

Notable Features of the 2007 Kia Rio

  • New SX trim level
  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags

2007 Kia Rio Overview

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Vehicle Overview
A sporty SX trim level joins the Rio sedan lineup for 2007. Essentially mimicking the Rio5 SX hatchback, the SX sedan includes larger wheels and a sportier interior.

For 2006, Kia redesigned its compact Rio to sit on a longer wheelbase and a wider track. In addition to the new front-wheel-drive platform, the '06 Rio's engine produced slightly more horsepower than the outgoing car's.

The South Korean automaker says its entry-level Rio has a sporty, substantial appearance. The car was introduced at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its emphasis is on overall value.

The SX functions as the top trim level, while base and LX sedans are also available. Few base models are expected to reach customers. Each Rio has six standard airbags, including the usual frontal-impact devices, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags.

Kia's Rio5 hatchback is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.


Exterior
Larger in every dimension but overall length, the redesigned Rio that debuted for the 2006 model year rides on a 98.4-inch wheelbase. It was wider and taller than its predecessor.

Created with a European-inspired exterior, the Rio features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. The bumpers contain black inserts, and black bodyside moldings are installed. The Rio's profile exhibits what Kia calls a subtle wedge shape, with sculpted arches at each fender.

The Rio has an independent front suspensio...
Vehicle Overview
A sporty SX trim level joins the Rio sedan lineup for 2007. Essentially mimicking the Rio5 SX hatchback, the SX sedan includes larger wheels and a sportier interior.

For 2006, Kia redesigned its compact Rio to sit on a longer wheelbase and a wider track. In addition to the new front-wheel-drive platform, the '06 Rio's engine produced slightly more horsepower than the outgoing car's.

The South Korean automaker says its entry-level Rio has a sporty, substantial appearance. The car was introduced at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its emphasis is on overall value.

The SX functions as the top trim level, while base and LX sedans are also available. Few base models are expected to reach customers. Each Rio has six standard airbags, including the usual frontal-impact devices, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags.

Kia's Rio5 hatchback is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.


Exterior
Larger in every dimension but overall length, the redesigned Rio that debuted for the 2006 model year rides on a 98.4-inch wheelbase. It was wider and taller than its predecessor.

Created with a European-inspired exterior, the Rio features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. The bumpers contain black inserts, and black bodyside moldings are installed. The Rio's profile exhibits what Kia calls a subtle wedge shape, with sculpted arches at each fender.

The Rio has an independent front suspension, a semi-independent rear suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars. Body-colored mirrors and standard 14-inch tires are installed. Full wheel covers appear on the LX sedan, and power steering is standard only on that model. Options include 15-inch wheels, all-disc brakes, fog lamps and a rear spoiler. On the Rio SX, 16-inch alloy wheels can be installed. Mudguards, a front mask, a hood protector and wheel locks are among the available accessories.


Interior
Increased exterior dimensions translate to more interior capacity in the five-passenger Rio. In fact, Kia claims the Rio has greater interior space than the larger Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla (though it competes more directly with the cheaper Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris). With 11.9 cubic feet of cargo space, the trunk is 30 percent roomier than the prior-generation Rio. The Fit, a hatchback, has 21.3 cubic feet of cargo space (with all seats in the upright position), while the Yaris sedan has 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Standard equipment includes an eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat, variable intermittent wipers and a rear-window defroster. Additional features in the LX sedan include air conditioning, a CD stereo with four speakers, a tilt steering column and a 60/40-split, folding rear seat. An optional Power Package for the LX adds power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, heated power mirrors, door-mounted tweeter speakers, twin map lamps and a holder for sunglasses.

The Rio SX includes chrome dashboard accents, unique sport seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching.


Under the Hood
The Rio's 1.6-liter four-cylinder features variable valve timing and produces 110 horsepower and 107 pounds-feet of torque. Either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission can be installed. Base models are available only with the manual transmission.

Safety
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and front seat belt pretensioners are standard. All five seating positions get three-point belts. All-disc antilock brakes are optional. The standard brake setup includes front discs and rear drums.

Driving Impressions
Adding a few horsepower can make quite a difference in a small sedan. The prior Rio's performance was decidedly modest, but this version is easily adequate, even with the automatic transmission. Although the engine emits considerable buzz and blare when pushed hard, it's pleasantly quiet most of the time. Automatic-transmission reactions occur promptly and without any lurching or awkward gear changes. The manual transmission makes the Rio even more appealing for lively motoring.

Ride comfort is another plus. Even when the road surface gets rough, the Rio's suspension absorbs many imperfections.

Space is another story, at least in the backseat. Legroom even in the outer positions is marginal when the front seat is moved appreciably rearward. Additionally, the hard rear seatback is reclined too far for true comfort. Still, headroom is passable and foot room adequate, and getting into the backseat isn't too difficult. Despite short seat bottoms, the front seats are rather comfortable. Visibility is unobstructed.



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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

very inexpensive to own & operate .. good car

by jaydog from Bloomingburg, NY on June 28, 2017

owned car for 6 years .. great service .. sold to my son 2 years ago & he runs it constantly with minimum repair .. he says when its goes he will buy a new KIA... Read full review

(5.0)

An All-Around Wonderful Car

by Emily from Missoula on May 24, 2017

This car has exceeded my expectations in all aspects. The look, comfort, and reliability of this car is outstanding. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Kia Rio currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 Kia Rio Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
acceptable
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
poor
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
poor
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
poor
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rio received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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