My Little Pillbug...
June 2, 2013
...is still a pleasure to drive after 17 months and +34,000 miles.
I have the basic LX, mtx, no power anything...just how I like my cars. I've been to both coasts, and then some...and regardless of what the EPA claims, I *did* get 40mpg on my trip to Myrtle Beach & back last September (I-20 at 70mph). It's all in how you drive (the Joshua Tree trip did 35mpg, but that was at 80-85mph on I-10).
My only real complaint is the hardness of the seats. They are a bit less noticeable now (after 15 hours in the saddle, comfort *can* become a real issue), but KIA could have used different material to stuff the seats. And Scotchguard (I did get the salsa stain out).
The third generation Rio has the best look of the entire line, with the tiger nose grill and sculpted side panels. Sticker on mine was $14,525, whick=h is pretty good considering the standard equipment now included, like ABS, traction control, and four-wheel disc brakes. The electronic steering control was a little weird at first, but unnoticeable after a while. All in all, you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal nowadays.