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#300 of 614 The 2006 Kia Rio has won the
Jan 29, 2006 (10:57 am)
Autobytel 2006 Most Improved Car of the Year Award.
Take that for what it's worth, but it really can't be viewed as a negative thing, if you're gonna buy a 2006 Kia Rio, right? That's the goodness of it, Kia is incorporating engineering niceties to their smallest cars as well, something GM and even Chrysler are learning too late in the game for themselves.
The Rio has all sorts of sound dampening equipment and a roll bar all around the passenger cabin, and they have improved the way they tie the Rio together, which really improves on the rattling and shaking inside the cabin. That is one of the things that has turned me off to the Scion brand of cars. So many people are fed up with their Scion's rattling noises coming from the back of the tC, for example. They are truly turning their tC into a rig, because they are rigging up their own sound dampening systems. Don't believe me? Well, just go over to the Scion tC and Scion problems and solutions threads here on Edmunds to see what I'm talking about.
Scion didn't bother to completely finish their cars for consumers. Kia does care about their small car consumers and has shown that by doing what I'm talking about above. Dampening out noises from the undercarriage.
The 2006 Kia Rio also employs state-of-the-art engine technology, intalling a 1.6L, inline 4 cylinder DOHC continuously variable valve timing motor in the 2006 Rio. Suffice to say that this technology will enable those that purchase 2006 Rio's to achieve better gas mileage and throw out less emissions into the air at the same time.
#302 of 614 Thanks for the review, backy...
Jan 29, 2006 (11:49 am)
I do appreciate it. It only made me want to make sure and test drive the 2006 Tropical Red Kia Rio5 at my local dealer even more. At $14,195 (which is all I will pay, BTW, the car is loaded at that price, loaded enough with everything I will need, that is)I think it's a bargain.
You see, Kia is expecting us to look into their engineering package on this rig to the point of understanding all that they've included at the value price. I think it's an absolute bargain at that price. I like the two-color cloth interior you've described, but that is not enough to sway me to the Rio5. It will defintely take a test drive to see which one I want the best. Whichever one I get it must have the 5-speed tranny, and there is ample stock locally in 5-speeds waiting for me there.
I will deduct $500 Owner Loyalty discount and a $400 recent college grad discount, but only if I finance with Kia Finance.
#304 of 614 Rio pricing chickens coming home to roost????
Feb 03, 2006 (12:43 pm)
Here's the January sales numbers from KIA.com:
Rio 2006: 1,993 2005: 2,261
It looks like the Rio generated a 12% drop in sales compared to a year ago.
Based on the amount of inventory at my dealer's lot, there's plenty of Rio's available now, sooooo........
Why the sales drop when there's a nice new model available. Hmmmmmmmm?
(Spinning roulette wheel sound fades in)
"Put my money down on the orange Rio5 please!"
"C'mon $11-12k....... c'mon $11-12k!"
#305 of 614 Re: Rio pricing chickens coming home to roost???? [spectraman]
Feb 03, 2006 (2:06 pm)
Well, you hit it on the head. They are nice little cars, but need a rebate infusion so they compare better price-wise with larger cars like the Spectra and Elantra. With the Fit, Yaris, and Versa coming in the next few months the picture won't get better for the Rio at its current price point. Also, the old Rio wasn't exactly known as a great car, so maybe not enough people know about the all-new Rio/Rio5.
#306 of 614 All it takes is interest, this thing called
Feb 03, 2006 (2:11 pm)
the Internet and places like Edmunds.com to find out volumes about new small car offerings.
I still want an '06 Rio and the same four are still available at Robert Allen Kia in Pocatello. One, a black '06 LX, is an automatic tranny so it's immediately disqualified from further contention.
I've read so many reviews from so many reviewers(professional or owner reviews) on the new Rio's that I know what to expect ahead of time with the car. A test drive still could render the Rio too small for my wife and I though. The Pomeranians will do fine with the back seat, I know. It sounds like all frames of body types are getting into and out of the new Rio's just fine, though, with decent legroom and hip and shoulder room.
Feb 04, 2006 (8:18 am)
please give more of your impressions about your Rio5!
And congratulations! I have my eye on either a 2006 Rio5 in Tropical Red and 5-speeds or a Silver 2006 Rio LX sedan in 5-speeds or a Sapphire Blue 2006 Rio LX sedan in 5-speeds. Is yours a 5-speed or automatic?
Quieter than a Kia Optima inside? I did read that Kia put gobs of sound-deadening goo(that hardens, of course! )so road noises would be drastically reduced.