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2010 Kia Rio

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$2,463 — $8,867 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(3.5) 8 reviews

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Backseat space and comfort
2010 Kia Rio exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2010 Kia Rio
  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • Optional Bluetooth

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 wi...
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

What drivers are saying

3.5
8 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.5)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.4)
Comfort
(3.6)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(3.4)
(1.0)

Complete trash

by Austin from Milford,OH on November 12, 2018

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 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Pretty Good Car

by LWhite36 on January 14, 2018

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... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2010 Kia Rio currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 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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