2009 Kia Rio5

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$13,325

starting MSRP

2009 Kia Rio5

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
  • Cargo space
  • Uncertain reliability record

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $13,325

  • SX

    $14,280

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2009 Kia Rio5 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Hatchback body style
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • New iPod USB connection

2009 Kia Rio5 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Rio5 is Kia’s version of a sporty European hatchback. The Rio5 is related to Kia’s Rio sedan, which is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section. The Rio5 comes in moderately equipped LX and sporty SX trim levels. Kia’s Rio5 hatchback competes with other small hatchbacks, including the Chevrolet Aveo5, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.

New for 2009
The Rio5’s radio has been revised and now has Sirius Satellite Radio and MP3 compatibility; both trims get a USB jack for iPods. Some minor revisions were also made to the instrument and radio controls.

Exterior
Created with a European-inspired exterior, the Rio5 features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. The wheel well openings have a sculpted design, and its equipped with body-colored mirrors. The Rio5 is 158 inches long and 66.7 inches wide; its longer than the Yaris and Aveo5 but shorter than the Fit.

  • Available 14-, 15- or 16-inch wheels
  • Standard auto-off headlights
  • Optional power heated mirrors
  • Rear spoiler and fog lamps (SX)

Interior
The Rio5 can seat up to five and has a 60/40-split folding rear bench. The Rio5 SX has chrome dashboard accents and red stitching on the steering wheel, gearshift knob and door panels. A USB connector is now standard in both the LX and SX; redesigned gauge clusters for the radio and climate controls are also new.

The hatchback has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. With the backseat folded, space increases to 49.6 cubic feet. The cargo area beats out the Yaris and Aveo5, but it’s less than the Fit’s.

  • Available cloth or sports-cloth upholstery
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Optional power windows and locks and keyless entry
  • Optional steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel/shifter and metal-finished pedals (SX)

Under the Hood

  • 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 107 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard speed-sensitive power steering

Safety
Considering its price and its competitors’ offerings, the Rio comes fairly well equipped with safety features.

  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard child-safety locks
  • Optional antilock brakes with rear discs

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.5
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 3.6
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 3.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Extremely reliable

I've owned my 2008 Rio 5 since new and have modified it extensively, coil springs, computer system, fuel system, 2.5 inch header, stainless steel exhaust system, 18" wheels, stereo system, fuel system and minor body mods for wheel fitment... Amazing car for the money!!

3.0

This Car is Okay

This model has a mechanical problem with the coils--it breaks on almost all of them. Kia has known this for years and hasn't fixed it.

3.0

Decent car for the money.

The 2009 KIA Rio 5 was a very reliable car. The ride is very rough and doesn't accelerate well enough to get on expressway quickly. Good car for local driving. Not very luxurious. The older it got the more that went wrong with it. You get what you pay for. Was a very inexpensive car.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
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
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