Handling and Braking

Considering it’s one of the least expensive affordable small cars in the class, the 2011 Kia Rio handles very well. Test drivers report that its ride is smooth and stable, and the cabin is quiet at highway speeds. They do caution, however, that the Rio’s suspension doesn’t absorb a lot of bumps on rough roads. You’ll have to pay more for a car with a smoother ride, like the Kia Forte. It costs $1,650 more but offers more standard features than nearly any car in the class and a better suspension. If the Forte is too expensive, don’t worry; the Rio is well suited for city driving and will meet most drivers’ needs just fine.

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    Fuel filler lid
    Opening the fuel filler lid The fuel filler lid must be opened from inside the vehicle by pressing the fuel filler lid opener button on the driver’s door. (if equipped) NOTICE If the fuel fi ...

    Maintenance
    Engine compartment Maintenance services Owner maintenance Explanation of scheduled maintenance items Engine oil Engine coolant Brake/clutch fluid Power steering fluid Washer fluid Parking bra ...

    Safety
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