No significant changes are due for the 2009 Kia Rio, a subcompact that is available as a four-door sedan or hatchback in base, LX and SX trim levels. The base sedan features 14-inch steel wheels, a four-speaker stereo with CD/MP3 player and a satellite radio, while the LX adds air conditioning, power steering, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and a tilt steering wheel, and the SX highlights fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and upgraded interior trim. The Rio is equipped with a 1.6L inline-4 engine producing 110 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque, paired to a standard five-speed manual transmission, while a four-speed automatic is optional on all but the base sedan. Kia Rio EPA fuel mileage estimates come in at 27 mpg city/33 mpg hwy and 30 mpg in combined driving with the manual transmission, and the automatic gets 26/35/30 mpg. Standard safety features include front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, while the LX and SX trims add adjustable rear headrests, and antilock disc brakes are optional on some upper-level trims.Read more Read less
Changes to the 2009 Kia Rio are few, and include a slightly revised instrument cluster and the addition of Sirius satellite radio and a digital input jack to the entire lineup.
Low base price; outstanding fuel efficiency; spacious interior; assured ride; maneuverability; long warranty.
The 2009 Kia Rio is one of the lowest-priced cars for sale in the U.S., and it is also one of the more fuel-efficient, with a city EPA rating of 32 mpg. It also stands out for its nicely tuned suspension, which offers a less choppy ride than many other small cars, and for its generous interior space. According to Kia, the Rio sedan's 92.2 cubic feet of passenger volume is larger than either the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. The Rio is also especially attractive for its warranty coverage--Kia offers a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited warranty, 10 years or 100,000 miles on powertrain, and 5 years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance.