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2009 Kia Rio

$2,351 — $7,635 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Backseat space and comfort
2009 Kia Rio exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Kia Rio
  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • New satellite radio

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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-...
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

What drivers are saying

4.6
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Good car for the price

by Rioowner from Howland on February 12, 2018

It was not an expensive car and is reliable and few issues with it. Going on 200,000 miles. Would recommend. It is a good, small, travel car. Read full review

(5.0)

Great small car for South Florida driving and park

by Mario on December 9, 2017

Spacious (seats 4 comfortably), quick (zips around traffic), practical (back seats fold and allows for large continuos storage area to be created in conjunction with trunk space), cool (burnt orange ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Kia Rio currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Kia Rio has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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