Sunday, September 30, 2007

2007 Kia Rio Review

The 2007 Kia Rio starts from $11,350 and is offered in the base, LX, and SX models. All are powered by a 110 horsepower, four-cylinder engine. The base model has a manual transmission with five speeds and overdrive while the LX and SX use an automatic with four speeds. The manual transmission returns fuel economy of 32 mpg city and 35 highway with the automatic showing 29/38. The fuel capacity is 11.9 gallons.

Occupants enjoy 92.2 cubic feet of interior space while the trunk offers up 11.9. Seats in the base model and the LX are upholstered in cloth with the SX using "sport" cloth. All driver's seats can be adjusted for height and the armrests fold down. On the LX and SX the seat to the rear splits and folds according to the 60/40 configuration. Audio is delivered by a standard combo unit playing across four speakers.

All models of the 2007 Kia Rio have dual airbags in the front as well as those mounted in the seats to protect against the force of a collision from the side. Additional bags are present in the curtain position. The doors of the vehicle include beams to absorb lateral force and crumple zones are present to the front and rear. (The steering wheel is also designed to absorb force.) Child seats are held in place by the LATCH anchoring method and the locks on the rear doors are rated to be child safe. The trunk includes an internal latch for emergency release.

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