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Kia rio5: good general purpose car, comfortable and reliable.

2008 Kia Rio

The Kia rio5 is a good reliable vehicle. I am driving a 2008 with some front end damage from a previous owner, and it is running just fine at about 200, 000 miles. The pros are that it is got a few good little cubbies for keys, phone, etc. It also gets pretty good mileage at around 300 miles per fill up. Seats are comfortable. It is a hatchback, so even though its a relatively small car, it can hold quite a bit. Honestly, the biggest con for me is the lack of power windows. Not a deal breaker, but after much use, the knobs on the window levers tend to pop off. They are easy to put back on though.

- Lacey A

The car that just won't die. You try and try over again but she just won't die.

2008 Kia Rio SX

If you want a vehicle that's going to last, then this is the vehicle you need. Seriously! It will not die. I have been waiting for it to die just so I can get a new car... but it just won't die! Why won't it know it's place and just die already!! But really, no major repairs or issues other than the normal wear and tear. The tires are a little expense for the cost of the vehicle but not really a big deal I guess. Just replaced the clutch for the first time and it's over 10 years old. It has some 02 sensor issues down the road but nothing outrageous. Overall a decent cheap reliable car.

- Summer F

Good, compact city cars with some pep.

2008 Kia Rio LX

Good car. Have not had any major issues with it. Has lasted for 11 years. Good car for city driving. It is a compact car so backseat can be small for larger sized people. Overall, I am satisfied with this car. It has some zip for a 4 cylinder but not good for super fast speeds... Too lightweight. But then again it is perfect for city driving and some interstate driving. It ok for long trips but like I said backseat is small if you are kind of big but fine for a child or thin adult.

- Tanya Y

2008 kia rio bitter sweet ride.

2008 Kia Rio

The belts tend to come loose a lot. The tire pressure monitoring goes out. It tends to need alignments frequently, does not take any major numbs good at all. Air conditioning compressor has needed to be replaced several times. Does provide a smooth and safe ride. Gas mileage is spot on. Truck is roomy although the backseat does not provide much leg room. Floor mat are a good investment with this one due to the cheap carpet installed and mats provide in stock:

- Sydney C

Reliable transportation in a good-sized car.

2008 Kia Rio

It is reliable. I rarely have problems with the engine or anything related to the car's functioning. When I do have problems, they are not too difficult to fix. The one thing that is bothersome is that the CD player broke a while ago - it does not acknowledge CDs in and I have to force them out. Also have had occasional problems with the radio and AUX cable, so the stereo as a whole has not been perfect - but the car still runs.

- Marcia W

If I had to get another car I would still stick with the Kia model.

2008 Kia Rio Base

I have really enjoyed having my car. It really gets good gas mileage. Have took it several places. I have had it worked on several times putting new pieces on it at the time whatever it needed. Had new tires put on it. Always take it to have oil changed, and other things done to it as needed. So it's got me from a to b when I need to go. Had a new windshield put on got slapped by a tree limb. But it still runs pretty good.

- Teresa K

Kia Rio is great dependable vehicle

2008 Kia Rio LX

Absolutely No problems out of this great car. Actually purchased two the same day. Both get great gas mileage. At almost eleven years old and around 186,000 and 110,000 miles on each vehicle we could not have asked for better vehicles. One has been given to our 16 year old as their first car. She tells us she lives the 32 miles to a gallon especially since she pays for the gas.

- Karen J

2008 Kia Rio, blue, gets you there.

2008 Kia Rio

It's a small, compact car that gets great gas mileage and doesn't cost a lot to fill up the tank. In the 10 years that I have had the car, I have had to replace the battery twice. The AC doesn't work like it used to even though I have had it looked at, but it's 10 years old so it's going to have its quirks. Getting a new one soon, but it was a pretty good car.

- Laura E

Kip the Rio is reliable and comfortable.

2008 Kia Rio

I named my blue Kia Rio Kip. He takes me everywhere I need to go, though he's not great in cold weather. The pain on his door handles started chipping the first big snow storm we got in Portland and it has gotten worse over the years. Other than that, and sometimes having battery issues when he has sat for a while unused, he's very reliable and comfortable.

- Shereen R

This car is very efficient with its fuel, scoring 30 mpg.

2008 Kia Rio

The main reason I bought my car was because it was a good deal; it had 85k miles for $6000. Additionally, I liked how small my car was for being in San Antonio since I could squeeze some turns and not worry about being able to park somewhere. However, I didn't realize how inconvenient it would be to have no power-windows or power-locks until I had the car.

- Armando D

Reliable and Fuel Efficient

2008 Kia Rio

My car is very reliable, fuel efficient, and smaller so easier to maneuver in traffic. It is pretty comfortable and doesn't seem too cramped. I dislike the fact that I don't have power windows or locks as it can be inconvenient when in a hurry. I haven't needed to take it to the mechanic for any major repairs so it's holding up pretty well for its age.

- Christine F

Runs well; Kia Rios are very sturdy vehicles with a long lifespan

2008 Kia Rio Base

I've had to replace all 4 cylinders, the serpentine belt, and the battery, but for an 11 year old vehicle these are relatively inexpensive repairs. I haven't had any other problems with it and it runs well. It's comfortable, has an aux cord input, radio, plenty of seating, and ample space in the trunk. I plan to drive it until I can't anymore.

- Rachel D

I proudly own a Kia Rio lx!

2008 Kia Rio LX

I bought my Kia Rio in 2008 it has been running smoothly every since! Great gas mileage, it's easy to park it's just small/large enough. I can load all of our groceries in it and grab my grandkids from school ! I love my Rio! It does really well in the rain and snow as well. I put a subwoofer in the trunk so it has everything I like.

- Robin M

This vehicle is very compact. It has an AUX port for music.

2008 Kia Rio

I am the third owner of my car. I bought it in 2016. I love that my car is small and compact. It is known to have issues with the crankshaft sensor. Mine malfunctioned in January of 2018. It was a simple fix that a friend was able to do for me. Other than that my car has had no problems that weren't regular maintenance.

- Danielle G

The car is dependable and indicator lights go off when there is a problem.

2008 Kia Rio

The car is easy to maintain, no fancy and expensive oil changes, car parts etc. My car is a dependable and I know certain with it when certain lights indicating a problem. The only problem I have had with car is chip inside of key and the engine gets locked hard time starting it and it always does not happen.

- Linda V

Kia Rio: Reliable but Underwhelming

2008 Kia Rio Base

It gets really bad pickup and I don't feel safe on the highway because it lacks so much power. There is also very little room in the back seat. The tires are a strange size and I often can't find a good selection of replacements. And for as small of a car as it is, it doesn't seem to get great gas mileage.

- Jonathan B

The one most important thing others should know about my car is that it gets great gas mileage if you drive it well.

2008 Kia Rio

I like that my vehicle is small and easy to park. It also gets pretty good gas mileage, both on the highway and in town. It's fairly comfortable for road trips, and it both heats and cools quickly. It does not have cruise control, which I sometimes miss, but for the most part I don't have complaints.

- Megan T

The hatchback actually has more room than most people think.

2008 Kia Rio

My vehicle gets great gas mileage. I have had minimal problems which the dealership has assisted with. The car is very comfortable to drive and has features that are nice, such as electric windows, tinted windows and cruise control. This vehicle has been very reliable and I trust it to take trips.

- Sherry D

My vehicle is a four door sedan. It is an lx model so it is a bit luxurious.

2008 Kia Rio

I think my vehicle is extremely reliable. I am over 100, 000 miles and it is still trucking along. I think there could be more features but it is an lx model so it is pretty good. The other thing that is really good is that the color is unique. The drive is also very comfortable and smooth.

- Dj K

My Kia Rio is a great car.

2008 Kia Rio SX

My Kia is a great car I have had no problems. My other cars had issues with handles, knobs & buttons falling off, lol,not one yet on my Kia, I love it & would recommend Kia to everyone.The car is good on fuel & most of them are small to mid sized & it is a great car to own and drive.

- Karen C

Kia Rio. An ugly duckling.

2008 Kia Rio Base

My car is a good size and quite reliable. It gets me from point a to point b just fine. As it is an older car however, it does have some brake issues. After taking it to a shop, I was able to get this fixed. One negative thought is that the car is not as attractive looking as others.

- Fred F

In order for Kias to run properly, they require a lot of maintenance.

2008 Kia Rio

We have had our 2008 Kia rio for 5 years. Presently, there has been an unidentified noise that sounds as if something is grinding around in the front of the vehicle. Additionally, we have run into starter issues. Although these things can potentially be fixed, it is common of Kia.

- Jasmine M

The Kia Rio has amazing comfort to it. You can easily know your gear!

2008 Kia Rio LX

My vehicle is one of the rarest only because it is a stick shift. It performs amazing and it is reliable. If you can stick shift, this car would be amazing for you! It is so comfortable and during the winter it warms up really quick and during the summer it cools off amazingly!

- Ashley T

2 of the windows do not roll down because the cranks broke off.

2008 Kia Rio

I like how reliable my car is and that it handles snow and wet roads well. No real mechanical issues for over 10 yrs. I do not like the light fabric interior which stains mysteriously. Since my car is an older model, it is not up with the latest technology which I dislike too.

- Viola M

Really low mile 2008 Kia Rio.

2008 Kia Rio Base

It is a super basic module. Gets you from a to b reliably. It gets amazing gas mileage but at the cost of no ac, no power windows, no power locks, no power steering, no tcs, stc, or abs. It is light and dirty but tops out around 70 mph. Great for short in city trips.

- Anthony B

good car, you must have it

2008 Kia Rio LX

good. The 2019 Kia Rio has a quiet, responsive engine, a smooth automatic transmission, and stable road manners. With all elements at play, you get a likeable little car that offers a splash of sportiness. Fuel economy is average for the class. You must have it


That it is a solid truck. We've been told it will run for a very long time.

2008 Kia Rio

I like that it has a good amount of space on the inside and in the trunk. Also we've had little to no problems with the car despite owning it for almost 5 years. I really cannot find anything to complain about with my car.

- Ami L I

It's for transportation not to make a statement or impress anyone, the wolf does not care of the opinion of the sheep.

2008 Kia Rio

I like that it has been reliable and gets decent gas mileage. It's small and easy to park, I don't like that I don't have cruise control or power locks and windows. It's starting to show Its age and shakes more.

- Jac9b E

Good on gas and reliable with no engine or transmission problems so far.

2008 Kia Rio

The gas mileage is great. I have experienced normal replacement needs; tires, battery, etc. The one issue I had was with the plastic vent tabs and the window knobs breaking off with only normal use.

- Colleen R

The most import thing is the paint.

2008 Kia Rio

It does not have power windows or door locks and no cruise control. I like how it drives. It has had several things go wrong with it since I bought it, and the paint scratches very easily.

- Robbie T

Lasting value for the money.

2008 Kia Rio

The car is comfortable, but I wish I had automatic windows, and a rear windshield wiper. It drives well, but at 10 years old, the steering is beginning to get a little squishy.

- Lynn F

My car specifically is a stick shift; while it's the easiest stick shift I've ever driven, there are models of the same car that have automatic transmission.

2008 Kia Rio

Has been running well since we bought it used in 2010 with only very minor issues. Gets good gas mileage. Seats are comfortable fabric and don't get super hot in direct sun.

- Lena L

It's a stick shift with no power steering or air conditioning.

2008 Kia Rio

It has a nice color and body style. Very comfortable ride. Power steering and air conditioning would be nice to have, but don't detract from it being super dependable.

- Vicki W

Kia Car Interesting Details

2008 Kia Rio

My car is red and very cute. I feel that there is no real problem with the car - I just feel that I need to find something else that would work well with my family.

- Hannah F

The Kia gets very good gas mileage.

2008 Kia Rio

I have had no problems with my car. It gets really good gas mileage. I have not had to do anything additional to my car except get the annual inspections.

- Nancy C

My car is important to get me from point a TO POINT b

2008 Kia Rio

I like that my car is gas efficient and compact. I dislike the fact that it doesn't have enough room to move things around, for example, if I was moving.

- Rita V

2008 Kia Rio, very dependable vehicle.

2008 Kia Rio

It's small but not too small. It gets great fuel mileage, I have not had to maintenance anything other than oil changes and other general tune up duties.

- Clarence R

High mileage low very few problems.

2008 Kia Rio

We just traded in a Kia rondo 2009 with I think 175,000 miles it never needed many repairs. It is very comfortable to ride in and easy to drive.

- Mary H

Great gas mileage and great acceleration.

2008 Kia Rio

It is small and gets great gas mileage. For a small car there is a lot of legroom. Lots of space in the entire vehicle. Nothing to dislike.

- John L

Reliable, worthless CD player.

2008 Kia Rio

It is reliable, but CD player is terrible, CDs get stuck in player for weeks at a time, cannot listen to CD and you also cannot get it out.

- Robert M

It is a great car for hauling the kids and all their stuff around.

2008 Kia Rio

I love the way it handles. It is fun to drive and has great gas mileage. I love the red/orange color and the amount of trunk space.

- Courtney E

Kia is a great budget car, with a good track record of reasonable repair.

2008 Kia Rio

It is small, compact, with great gas mileage and a good look. On the negative side, it is very light and has not great suspension.

- Rose M

Good gas mileage, and if I were to trade now it has low mileage.

2008 Kia Rio

I have no complaints. It gets me where I need to go and I have had no issues with it. Sorry I do not have any additional comments.

- Nancy C

It's compact, reliable, and a good everyday car. I recommend it.

2008 Kia Rio

While the car doesn't have cruise control, it does get good gas mileage and is fairly comfortable. It's perfect for road trips.

- Megan T

Its real small on the inside.

2008 Kia Rio

I love the car it gets me from point A to point B. I never had a problem with the car had the car since February of 2016.

- Canada D

Good on gas and road trips.

2008 Kia Rio

It's good on gas and rarely has any problems with the engine or lights I say upgrade though but beware of older years.

- Phillip K

Very dependable and economical.

2008 Kia Rio

Comfortable to ride in, has been very reliable, great gas mileage, not very many problems, and purchased brand new.

- Charley R

It has great gas miles on it.

2008 Kia Rio

I like it because it has good gas mileage and it has some room in the trunk but he bad thing is the trunk.

- Robert S

The warranty is not worth it. You pay so much more in keeping up with your "scheduled" maintenance than you will ever save by the warranty.

2008 Kia Rio

I like the gas mileage that I get. I like the way it handles. I do not like the lack of ABS on my car.

- Courtney R

It is old and worn. It is likely there will be a lot of things going wrong with it.

2008 Kia Rio

I do not like any thing about my vehicle other than it drives. Although its broke down at the moment.

- Melissa H

Good on gas get good gas mileage.

2008 Kia Rio

Good on gas, nice driving, very reliable good air condition and heat clean inside and out good tires.

- Denise M

High mileage is a guarantee with this car along with lower gas consumption

2008 Kia Rio

It is low maintenance and great on gas. Approaching 100,000 and still going strong

- Kathy M

Has Great gas mileage in an affordable compact sedan.

2008 Kia Rio

Great gas mileage, turns on a dime, and has lasted a long time with no problems

- Diane M

I have never had to take it to a mechanic for anything

2008 Kia Rio

I like the fuel economy, I like the size, but I don't like the road noise

- Luke F

It is easy to park. I love the color which is a metallic blue.

2008 Kia Rio

It is good on gas mileage and very reliable as well as easy to drive.


This car does amazing on gas and is the perfect small family car.

2008 Kia Rio

Only dislike is that it doesn't have cruise control.

- Felicia H