2009 Kia Rio

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$11,495

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2009 Kia Rio

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Fuel economy
  • Safety features for its class
  • Transmission operation
  • Maneuverability
  • Ride comfort on most surfaces

The bad:

  • Backseat space and comfort

3 trims

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Our 2009 Kia Rio trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • New satellite radio

2009 Kia Rio review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Rio sedan is Kia’s entry in the very competitive small-car segment. Trim levels include a bare-bones Base model, an LX and a sporty SX. The Rio competes with the Chevrolet Aveo and Toyota Yaris.

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

New for 2009
The Rio’s radio unit has been revised and now has Sirius Satellite Radio and MP3 compatibility. LX and SX models get a USB jack for MP3 players. Minor revisions were also made to the instrument and radio controls.

Exterior
The Rio features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. The Rio rides on a 98.4-inch wheelbase and is 166.9 inches long overall and 66.7 inches wide. The Rio is smaller bumper-to-bumper than its immediate competition.

  • Available 14-, 15- or 16-inch wheels
  • Standard auto-off headlamps
  • Optional heated power mirrors (LX and SX)
  • Rear spoiler (optional on LX, standard on SX)
  • Fog lamps (SX)

Interior
Interior design is fairly conservative, though it’s well-put-together. Interior volume comes in at 92.2 cubic feet, with 11.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. The Rio’s passenger space is just slightly bigger than its competition’s.

The Rio’s gauge cluster and climate and radio controls were slightly revised for 2009. SX models include chrome dashboard accents, unique sport seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching.

  • Standard air conditioning (not available on Base)
  • Standard 60/40-split bench (not available on Base)
  • Optional power windows/locks and keyless entry (LX and SX)
  • Optional steering-wheel-mounted audio controls (LX and SX)
  • USB interface for MP3 players (LX and SX)
  • Optional floormats

Under the Hood
The Rio Base is only available with the manual transmission.

  • 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 107 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available four- or five-speed automatic transmission (LX and SX)
  • Standard power steering (not available on Base)

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard child safety locks
  • Optional antilock brakes with rear discs (LX and SX)

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.3

I have the 5 speed and it's alot of fun to drive.

The car is reliable and fuel efficient and fairly comfortable. It also handles well and is fun to drive. I have the 5 speed LX

2.3

65,000 miles on it with major issues

There is more cons than pros with this car. Fuel injectors went out at 45,000 to 50,000. I had to replace 4-6 sets of coils and spark plugs within a year. I replaced the whole evap system, including the Fuel Sensor at 65,000. Luckily, I know about cars. This one was given to me as a gift. Main use is to go back and forth to work.

4.4

Very reliable 210k miles and counting

Parents bought the car new in 2010 and I bought it off them with 110k miles In 2018. I’ve since put 100k miles on it for work and it still runs like a new car. Only problem I have is poor gas mileage (250miles per tank on a long trip) and that’s probably due to 17” wheels and a straight pipe exhaust (sounds pretty decent tbh) I love this car and incase this engine goes I already have another one sitting at home in the basement. Only downside of the car is the manual gear box needs better gearing or at least a 6th gear

See all 21 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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