2011 Kia Rio5

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Kia Rio5. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    110-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2011 Kia Rio5

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

2011 Kia Rio5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Rio5 is Kia's version of a sporty European hatchback. It 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 2011
A Bluetooth cell phone link was a late addition for 2010. For 2011, the system is now available as part of the Value Package.

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 it's equipped with body-colored mirrors. Exterior features include:

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

Interior
The Rio5 can seat up to five and has a 60/40-split folding rear bench. The Rio5 SX has metal-finished dashboard accents and red stitching on the steering wheel, gearshift knob and door panels. A USB input is standard. Interior features include:

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

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter f...
Vehicle Overview

The Rio5 is Kia's version of a sporty European hatchback. It 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 2011
A Bluetooth cell phone link was a late addition for 2010. For 2011, the system is now available as part of the Value Package.

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 it's equipped with body-colored mirrors. Exterior features include:

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

Interior
The Rio5 can seat up to five and has a 60/40-split folding rear bench. The Rio5 SX has metal-finished dashboard accents and red stitching on the steering wheel, gearshift knob and door panels. A USB input is standard. Interior features include:

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

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

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

Safety
The Rio5 comes fairly well equipped. Safety features include:

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

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Reliable

by Peter from Hamilton on October 8, 2018

Great car, all around, simple and effective design, practical. Handles well on hiway, good on gas. Very good value for the money, recommended best of kia Read full review

(4.0)

Best economy car

by biskit73 from Louisiana on November 7, 2016

Great little car for economy and still fun to drive. Lots of great options, my favorite one being the bluetooth capability. I can use my hands free features on my smartphone. The one thing I dislike ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Kia Rio5 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Kia Rio5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    164-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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 Rio5 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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