Interior Features

Test drivers say the Rio and Rio5 have easy-to-read gauges and generally like the layout of the dash, but the praise ends there. The Rio’s barebones interior comes with a four-speaker audio system, a USB auxiliary input jack and a tilt steering column. You’ll have to go up a trim to get other basics like air conditioning and power windows and doors, which will cost you $14,995. Bluetooth is optional, but only on upper trims.

The Kia Forte is a much better deal. Although it’s $1,165 more than the Rio, it’s a great value because you get the basics like air conditioning and modern features like Bluetooth and SIRIUS Satellite Radio that aren’t standard with most affordable small cars.

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    Manual transaxle
    Manual transaxle operation The manual transaxle has five forward gears. Press the clutch pedal down fully while shifting, then release it slowly. A special safety feature prevents inadvertent ...

    If the engine overheats
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    Comfort
    While the front cabin in the Rio offers a bit more head room than the typical sedan, there honestly isn't much of a difference. While the rear of the typical sedan provides a bit more head- and le ...