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Kia Rio, Sedan, Wagon
#574 of 614 Kia Ad and A G
Feb 27, 2008 (1:43 am)
I just wanted to see if anything would happen, I sent the Ky Attorney General an email stating what was being advertised on this new Kia car lot. I explained that I did not receive the gas mileage anywhere close to what was advertised on the cars windshields on this lot. I told in the email how discusting it is to hear of this advertising and somewhat believe it, because it is being advertised in public, and to my knowledge, it should be true. I am being a bit naive there. But all in all, it is wrong to advertise that and not be able to achieve it, on any of their cars they sale. The response I got back was, if you want to file a complaint, go to here, a place that supplies the form and fill it out and send it in. Done. So, there is no concern there at all who advertises whatever they want to advertise. If that is the case, then everyone can advertise anything they wish. They are just not interested because it won't draw the attention they need.
Mar 08, 2008 (2:41 pm)
Ok, just got back a couple of days ago from the Smokies, which is about 285 miles away, one way. Clocked my mpg the way there. I got 36 mpg, doing between 56-61, no slower, no faster. Pissed alot of people off, but what the hey. That was the best I got going there doing so slow, it pissed me off. We drove around Cades Cove, which is an animal habitat and around the town, 25-40 mph stop and go. I got 36 miles per gallon. Go figure! We left four days later, filled up in Jelico, drove 108 miles. Filled up, got 38 mpg. Drove 110 miles to Frankfort, got 40 mpg. Got home, drove the next day, which was Friday, put 156 miles plus the trip from Frankfort, got 37 mpg. I know this is, or sounds crazy, but filling up when you use less than half a tank gets you more mpg. I went to a quarter tank, got 36. Went to 3/4 tank, got 38 and 40. I do suppose the more air in the tank, the less mileage you get. The slower you drive this Rio, the worse gas mileage you get, and that is what I got. On the way back, I was doing between 67-72. Better mileage going 6 to 9 miles an hour faster. I never figured that way, but I got the proof. I don't really think anyone can drive better than I and when you ask the dealer, that is what they tell you. It is the way you drive. Horse manure. I watched my rpm, mileage, speed the whole way. Now what do you think about that?
#576 of 614 Re: on a trip [rioowner]
Mar 08, 2008 (4:29 pm)
Well, the best mileage we've ever gotten on our '03 Rio was 43 mpg on one trip doing 60-65 mph, with 41 mpg on two other trips. On another trip pushing 80 mph (don't tell the State Troopers) I got 37 mpg, which also seems to be pretty typical highway mileage at somewhat lower speeds. It's what we have on our license plates. We average 27-28 mpg in town.
#577 of 614 Not a lot of input here, is there?
Mar 14, 2008 (5:49 pm)
When there's something like several years between posts, there's something wrong! Are these cars THAT bad? I know a co-worker who was always taking hers in for a sensor that couldn't be fixed, but surely the later-models are better?
Tell us how you feel driving such a small car - do you feel safe? And has it been reliable for you?
#578 of 614 Re: Not a lot of input here, is there? [irismg]
Mar 14, 2008 (9:09 pm)
We drove Mazda Miata's for the past 12 years. We had five different miata's, hers and mine. Talk about a small car! It was fun, though. The Rio is small, as well as the others made by chevy, ford, toyucka, (which I will never own one), or allow one to park on my driveway, and the Rio fits right in there with the other small cars. There are alot of small cars on the road, as there are big vehicles, which don't always observe the smaller ones. My wife loves driving the Rio as well as I, although I do not love to drive it, but it is ok to drive. I have had muscle cars, sports cars, and I just do not see anymore what the big deal is. Use to be if I had neat wheels, cool windows, loud system, glasspac muffler, I was king Shot going down the road. Nowadays, it is comfort as well as mileage, and driving the smaller cars as the Rio, I see not much difference in it than sitting in the back seat of a bigger style mustang. As far as safety, in a small car, you will get hurt. If you are in a midsize car, you are going to be hurt in an accident, and in the big cars, you will be hurt also, depending on the accident. Believe me, if you are in a serious car accident, any car will hurt you. The movement of jarring, jolting, being shoved from one side to the other, or whiplash, whatever, any size car, you will be hurt to a certain degree. You can be killed. Or just hurt. You also can be run over by a truck stepping out of your office, or house, etc. If you like the car, buy it. If you like the comfort of a big car, buy it. I for one like the smaller cars because they fit me like a glove. I have air bags all around me, but in an accident, I will still be hurt to some extent. I wake every morning and take a chance of not being able to walk. If you think like that you are in more danger of driving a Rio, then don't buy one. I like it, she likes it, it drives very good, and it gets good gas mileage.
#579 of 614 not the best, but...
Mar 24, 2008 (6:46 am)
I am sure there are better cars for the price, but for my money, so far, it is the Rio that stands to gain ground, with it's warranty, performance, and durability. If you take the name off, you could imagine it as any small car out there. Ok, I have had it about three months now and have had my first oil change. I have had no problems. Of course, if I had problems with a new car in the first three months, I would definately be writing a different story, er, review. I was getting 32 mpg at first. Now, it is sometimes 35 and 36 around town. I have to wait to go to Daytona to see what it does on the road for several hours. Before, going to the smokies I was getting less than coming back, due to going five to seven miles faster coming home. I am looking at stopping every two and a half hours switching drivers, going to Daytona, and filling up. Never letting it go below a quarter tank, or thereabouts. I find it uses less gas and gets better mileage filling up before letting it get below a half tank. You need gas anyway? So, fill it up, won't take as long, won't be a shock, or as bad a shock, and in the long run, save on the fuel pump. To review, good car, could be better, could be worse. Easy to handle, nice interior, plenty of storage, ie, the trunk is hugh, although no one has sat in the back seats, it seems good for small children. Afterall, it is a compact. When I get the chance I am going to test drive the Chev Aveo, and a couple of more small cars. Will let you know. Do I get paid for this???
#580 of 614 Sunroof option? Improvements for '09?
May 02, 2008 (5:10 am)
When will KIA wake up to the fact that perhaps some of us would like a power sunroof as an option, at least with the SX5? If Hyundai can offer a sunroof with its Accent SE, then why not KIA with the RIO? Maybe for 2009? Hmmmmm. How about making Electronic Stability Control an option also in '09 instead of waiting till the last minute when it will be mandatory on all vehicles, big and small? Any driver would greatly benefit from this added safety feature, especially in such a tiny machine that is the RIO.
I dig KIAs, don't misunderstand...but they need to wake up some, IMHO!
Jun 30, 2008 (4:56 am)
As of June 08', the mileage per gallon has risen dramatically. Unless it is the way I fuel up. I have noticed, (I have owned a Rio since 1/08 and got 32-34 mpg), that the way one fuels their vehicles, especially the Rio, that it is noticeably different. To explain what I am saying, I filled up the Rio after it got down to a quarter tank of gasoline, and it took somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-9 gallons. It gave me approximately 32-36 mpg and sometimes as low as 33 mpg. And that is watching how I drive, not alot of starting and stopping, and some highway miles. Normal actually, but all the while watching how I drive, no jackrabbit starts, no revving, no speeding, etc. I continued on and starting filling the tank up at one half. The mpg rose to around a steady 36-37. I tried that, while gas was still around 3 bucks a gallon. NOW, starting in April 08', I am putting fuel in my tank every 105-135 miles driven, which puts the needle at just above the three quarter mark. Folks, I have been doing this for three months now, and get the same results each and everytime. Backroads, highways, byways, doesn't matter. I am getting from
39-45 mpg constantly. All I have to do is fill up when my odometer shows around 110 miles on it. Or, just above the three quarter mark. I have gone over it once or twice and got the same good mileage as up to 125 miles. What is it? I don't know, but I assume it has to do with volume in the tank. You may have to stop more often, but try it. It is well worth it to save a few bucks, not just once, twice, but everytime you fill up. If I'm lying, I'm dying.
I live around Louisville, not in that city, but close. The price here is .39 cents hight per gallon than in a town 30 miles to the south. Elizabethtown is what it is called, and they have cheaper costing gas, as does Tenn, and Franklin, Ky. Why is Louisville cheating its patrons? Because they can, and get away with it? Got any ideas? I am rioowner in diguise. Later