2010 Kia Rio

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$11,695

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2010 Kia Rio
2010 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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Notable features

  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • Optional Bluetooth

2010 Kia Rio review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Rio sedan is Kia’s entry in the 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 2010
Rio gets a minor facelift with a revised grille and front and rear bumpers, and the LX and SX also get turn-signal indicators integrated into the side mirrors. Inside, there is an optional voice-activated Bluetooth capability and a second front power outlet (replacing the cigarette lighter). All models now have a tire pressure monitoring system and red-orange interior lighting, and those with automatic transmission add an EcoMinder indicator that glows green to denote efficient driving.

Exterior
The Rio features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights.

  • Available 14-, 15- or 16-inch wheels
  • Standard auto-off headlamps
  • Optional heated power mirrors
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • Optional fog lamps

Interior
The interior design is fairly conservative, though it’s well-put-together. SX models include chrome dashboard accents, unique sport seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching.

  • Optional air conditioning
  • Optional 60/40-split bench
  • Optional power windows and locks
  • Optional keyless entry
  • Optional steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Opitonal USB interface for MP3 players
  • Optional floormats

Under the Hood
The Rio Base is only available with a five-speed manual transmission.

  • 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 107 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available four-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional power steering

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 3.8
  • Interior design 3.6
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value for the money 3.6
  • Exterior styling 3.7
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

A great little car for any money.

The original owner took good care of this sedan and I intend to do the same. This car is the base sedan, manual 5 speed and gets phenomenal gas milage.

1.4

Complete trash

Don't waste money on this car it's trash. Once I have mine paid off it's going to the scrap yard where it belongs. The car handling is garbage I just put brand new tires and breaks and the hole back end slids out if the roads are wet and breaks grind if applying them on any surface other then dry

4.9

Pretty Good Car

I've had it since 2011 and it is now 2018. This car is very reliable. It has gotten me from Texas to North Carolina when I was moving cross-country to be with my family. I would recommend it to anyone!

See all 9 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
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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