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2011 Kia Rio5

Kia is known for building fuel efficient and feature pack cars, Rio5 in no exception. The Kia Rio5 is five door, five passenger wagon version of Kia Rio sedan with more cabin space and features, though Rio5 is more expensive. It is a fuel-efficient subcompact with a roomy cabin and agile handling. The Kia Rio5 is available in two trim-level, Rio5 LX and Rio5 SX. The Rio5 comes with 10 years or 100,000 miles power-train warranty.

Both the trims are equipped with a standard 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine producing 110 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque achieving 27-mpg in the city and 36-mpg on the highway. A 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive comes as standard.

The kia rio5 is moderately equipped, standard equipment list include, air conditioning, an audio system with Sirius satellite radio and USB connectivity, tilt and power steering, and split-folding rear seats. As option one can opt for “Power Package” that includes power locks, mirrors, and windows, keyless entry, and heated mirrors. The SX adds sportier suspension, alloy wheels, fog lamps, and a spoiler, plus sport seats, leather trim. A Bluetooth hands-free calling interface is available at extra cost.

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The Kia Rio5 comes equipped with safety features like side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and child-safety locks. Optional features include antilock brakes with rear discs.

The cabin is specious and comfortable though it lacks rear leg room. The cabin is attractively designed, utilizing decent-quality material, legible gauges and easy-to-use controls. The boot is huge with lots of loading space, with folded rear seats the space increases up-to 49.6 cubic feet.

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2011 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte’s a cheap, safe, somewhat stylish, fuel-efficient sedan that transports up to four adults in perfect comfort.

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The all new 2010 Kia Forte, further evidence of Kia rebranding itself as a maker of practical, well-built, and economical car.

The Kia Forte comes in three trims: LX, EX, and SX. LX and EX models are powered by a 156-hp 2.0-liter; the top-spec SX uses a 2.4-liter that makes 173 hp. Standard across the board are five- (LX and EX) or six-speed manuals (SX). The LX and EX automatic has four forward ratios, except in the EX Fuel-Economy package, which nets the same five-speed automatic offered on the SX.


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Kia claims the 2.0-liter will be good for 0-to-60 jaunts in the eights and the 2.4-liter in the sevens. The 2.0-liter returns 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway with the five-speed auto in the Fuel-Economy package and 25/34 when paired with either of the two other transmissions. The larger, 2.4-liter four achieves 22/32 with the six-speed manual and 23/31 with the five-speed auto.

Seats are comfortable, wide but still supportive with good lumbar support. The Kia Forte’s a five-seater, the center rear seat is best left for emergency seating, at least for adults. But for two, the legroom is generous and the headroom adequate for all but the tallest. The trunk is surprisingly large for a compact car, at 14.3 cubic feet, due in part to the tall rear deck.

Basic Kia Forte features includes Bluetooth, Satellite Radio, and an auxiliary input jack for the audio system, plus steering wheel controls and voice activation.

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The EX model adds air conditioning and power accessories, while the SX adds fog lamps, plus upgraded upholstery and trim. The SX model is the “image leader” of the lineup; in addition to those details and the stronger engine, it gets a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and showy 17-inch alloy wheels.

Standard Kia Forte safety features includesdual seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front active headrests, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and electronic stability control.

In any trim, the ride is comfortable enough, and with the exception of intrusive road noise on some surfaces, the Forte is a confident highway cruiser.

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2011 Kia Rio

The revamped 2006 Kia Rio shows that economy cars are getting better because of an increasingly competitive market. The small,

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front-wheel-drive Kia Rio has helped change some old thinking about “cheap wheels.” While decent, it’s lacked the refinement of most rivals. It mainly has made a name for itself since its arrival as an $8,895 sedan in late 2000 because


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it’s been the lowest-cost car sold in this country for most of its life.

The Rio also has been backed by a long warranty from Kia’s parent company, South Korea’s Hyundai. Many buyers have figured that the Rio had to be at least fairly good if it had a 5-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

The same long warranty has helped draw people to Hyundai-badged models, and Hyundai correctly predicted that the warranty would attract Rio buyers. Of course, the warranty would have meant nothing if Hyundais and Kias fell apart, but that hasn’t been the case.

Major Improvements

The redesigned new Rio, which continues with the alluring warranty, remains among the lowest-priced autos. But it’s built

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on a new platform and has slicker styling, more power, additional room and added safety features.

The new Rio couldn’t have arrived at a better time for Kia because high gasoline prices have made small cars more popular this year. Kia expects that the small car market will grow by about 30 percent over the next two years—or probably more if gas prices become higher.

Horsepower of the Rio’s small-but-sophisticated 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine is up from 104 to 110. The fastest acceleration is with the standard 5-speed manual gearbox because the engine is small, although the manual shifter has an imprecise action. Acceleration is average at highway speeds with either the manual or $850 4-speed automatic transmission, and engine revs are high above 65 mph even with the manual in overdrive fifth gear.

But Kia says the Rio’s fuel economy is up 20 percent despite the additional horsepower.

Longer Sedan

The sedan and hatchback both ride on a 98.4-inch wheelbase, but the hatchback is 158.1 inches long, whereas the sedan is 166.9 inches long.

Newly standard are front-seat side airbags and full-length head-protecting side-curtain airbags. The wheelbase is longer to help provide a smoother ride, and there’s a wider track for better handling and a more purposeful-looking stance.

Quieter Interior

The interior is quieter and has easily read gauges and a refreshingly simple dashboard layout. As might be expected, there’s lots of interior plastic, but cockpit materials look pretty good for a low-priced economy car.

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2011 kia rio

Front seats offer only marginal side support in curves, but climate controls are large and audio system controls are mounted high for convenient use.

Roomier Hatchback

Those who want the most cargo room should opt for the hatchback. It has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space, compared with 11.9 cubic feet for the sedan. However, the sedan’s nicely shaped trunk has been enlarged and is roomy for the car’s size.

The hatchback provides 49.6 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded forward, while Kia says the sedan’s cargo area totals about 24 cubic feet with its rear seatbacks folded forward.

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2011 kia rio

Average Roadability

No Rio should be bought for driving fun. The Rio sedan has average steering and handling, partly because it has only narrow 14-inch wheels. The hatchback handles a little better with its larger wheels and slightly wider tires.

However, all versions have a comfortable ride for a small car. And the brake pedal has a linear action for smooth stops, although stopping distances are average.

The new Rio sedan and hatchback are expected to appeal to younger and slightly more affluent buyers, evenly split between men and women. They’re still mainly for those on limited car budgets, but don’t look or drive like economic hardships.

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