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#340 of 614 Rio and Accent share a common problem!!!!
Feb 15, 2006 (12:13 pm)
http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060213/SUB/60213063/1078&re- - fsect=
"Hyundai dealers said the make meeting (held at the 2006 National Automobile Dealers Association convention)generally was positive. But they did complain that the redesigned Accent subcompact is overpriced.
"The four-door is too expensive for the segment," said Scott Fink, chairman of the Hyundai dealer council. "We're trying to put some pressure on Hyundai to either reprice or heavily incentivize the car."
The four-door Accent debuted late last year. Prices start at $12,995, including shipping. A popularly equipped Accent with an automatic transmission and air conditioning starts at $14,645.
Hyundai executives said they would study the price concern. They plan to have an answer at the next dealer council meeting in March.
A new three-door Accent goes on sale this spring at a base price of $11,455, including shipping. That price is more in line with competition, said Fink, owner of Hyundai of Newport Richey in Newport Richey, Fla."
Does this story sound all too familiar???
What have I been saying about the new Rio from Day-1???
(See: spectraman, "Kia Rio 2006+" #174, 21 Oct 2005 1:01 pm!keywords=allin%3Amsgtext%20limit%3A.ef32c56%20spectraman )
I hope that the nation's KIA dealers are putting the same pressure on the KIA Motors of North America management too!
I like the Rio... I really do. But there's too many other good choices in that $14-16k range that are larger and just as nicely appointed.
#341 of 614 Re: 5600 miles on an '04?!?!? [b3nut]
Feb 16, 2006 (5:44 am)
Yes they are. Even though I live in a big city (Houston, Texas) every where I need to go is close by. Next week she'll get her first road trip! I am going to New Orleans to see family and maybe Mardi Gras. It will be nice to see how she'll do on the highway. Especially the MPG.
Feb 16, 2006 (1:04 pm)
but will the bigger cars available for the $13,000-$15,500 price-point get the better gas mileage the 2006 Rio5 and Rio LX sedan get? The 2006 Hyundai Accent models, too, for that matter. I'm thinking they won't.
That is why I'm still interested in the 2006 Rio's. I have to like the size fit for us, though. That must still be determined.
#343 of 614 Re: Rio saves... but how much will depend on gas prices...
Feb 16, 2006 (2:21 pm)
"...but will the bigger cars available for the $13,000-$15,500 price-point get the better gas mileage the 2006 Rio5 and Rio LX sedan get? The 2006 Hyundai Accent models, too, for that matter. I'm thinking they won't."
The problem is.... at the *current* price of gas, a Rio is only going to realistically save you about $241 bucks a year.
A 25 mpg Spectra uses approx. 480 gallons of gas to travel 12k miles
A 32 mpg Rio uses approx. 375 gallons of gas to travel 12k miles
Spectra - 480 gals used x $2.30 gal = $1104
Rio - 375 gals used x $2.30 gal = $ 863
Annual Rio Savings: Approx. $241
Savings over a 7 year average ownership lifespan: $1,687
I think my mileage assumptions are pretty close based on real-world postings I've read online about both vehicles.
If gas prices go back up over $3.00 a gallon, then the savings would increase dramatically for sure.
But assuming that prices will stay somewhere *near* where they are now, I don't know if $241 a year is convincing enough for me to give up some of the niceities that are inherent in the Spectra/Spectra5's.
Just my .02 worth!
#344 of 614 Re: Rio and Accent share a common problem!!!! [spectraman]
Feb 17, 2006 (6:22 am)
I agree with you.
backy, "Kia Rio 2006+" #157, 9 Oct 2005 3:09 pm
However, I noticed last night at the Chicago Auto Show that the Yaris 4-door automatic will sticker at $14k without ABS, side bags/curtains, 4-wheel discs, or power package. So the Rio is priced lower, comparably equipped, and has a better warranty. However, Kia doesn't yet have the resale value to price cars anywhere close to Toyota or Honda. (And I think the Yaris is overpriced too.)
Feb 17, 2006 (5:00 pm)
then the new 2006 Kia Rio's may not be for you. Then again, with the quality gains Kia has made, this new set of 2006 Kia Rio's should be the ones that start retaining their value much better for their owners.
I mean, the Rio LX has everything I need or want and is only $13,055, before the Owner's Loyalty and even College Grad rebate are applied. It starts out being affordable, IMHO. And I love those headlights and rounders going up the wheel wells.
#346 of 614 I bet resale starts going up
Feb 17, 2006 (7:56 pm)
not by much at first, these things take time. Now that the new Rio shares a platform with the new Accent (the previous version of which has had good reliability the past 2-3 years) things might start to change a little. But if you're like me and you buy a car, pay it off, and drive it until it is no longer cost-effective to keep driving it, resale really isn't an issue. I don't see the Korean cars having the resale of Japanese cars for a long time yet, but I'm willing to wager that the depreciation will end up being less steep the first year than many competing domestic autos.
Time will tell, but Hyundai/Kia have a strong product now, it'll be interesting to see where they head from here. It seems they mean business...
Todd in Beerbratistan
#348 of 614 I've seen a couple
Feb 18, 2006 (6:23 am)
Rio5's around in Madison. Someone at my church bought one as well, saw it parked outside last Sunday. Ran into a lady with one at the gas station the other day, she said she really liked it. Looking like a couple months or so, and we'll be able to turn my old faithful ZX2 in on one.
I do chuckle at the reveiws that say it could use more power. Heh. The Rio5 isn't sluggish. My first car at 16, a 1981 Rabbit Diesel with 52hp, was sluggish. Though efficiency of 40mpg in town and 60mpg on the highway was routinely attainable with that car. New VW diesels aren't as fuel-thrifty but they aren't as poky either. The Rabbit did well enough most of the time, but I do remember going up a steep hill on I-81 in Virginia with the car floored in 2nd gear doing 24mph...LOL! I had to endure many jokes from friends when driving that car, but I had the last laugh at the filling station. Used to drive all over the place for $5 a week...that was fun.
Todd in Cheesecurdistan
#349 of 614 Re: Rio 5 - An Uncomplimentary Review [jpmccormac]
Feb 18, 2006 (6:24 am)
The guy in this article says that a well packages kia rio comes about to the same price as a honda civic or toyota!!! bullshit i live in canada and i shopped around before i bought my kia rio 2006 EX sedan and a Honda civic with about the same options was about 6000$ more and the toyota matrix was more then 7000$ with all the taxes and fees and the garranty is way better with kia.
I never tought i would buy a non-american car but it seems this day as come(i still wouldnt buy a japanese) but with the problem i had with my pontiac in the past couple of years and the bad service and prices GM is giving these days i had to changed.
I wanted to get the Vibe but the price difference between the Vibe and Kia Rio was about 6000$ for the same equipment and even then the rio was more.And the garantty was a big plus GM is 3 years/60000km vs Kia 5 years/100000km with my budget i had to finance over 60 month so with the vibe for the last 2 years i would still have to make payments on my car without having the garranty anymore.
My mother as a Kia Rio 2004 she now as 50000km accept for regular maintenance she didnt put a cent yet she didnt even changed the brakes yet and the maintenance at the kia dealer is not expensive 68$/hr labour compared to the 86$/hr Pontiac dealer is charging.
Maybe in 4-5 years my next car i will go back with an american one but not GM,unless then have a major changed in the policies.