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STYLING | 7 out of 10
subtle wedge shape, with sculpted arches at each fender
it looks like something you might actually want to drive
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some cheap plastic trim
Experts at TheCarConnection.com are fans of the styling of the 2009 Kia Rio. It's not amazing, but it's pretty impressive for the price.
The 2009 Kia Rio has two body styles to choose from: the Kia Rio four-door sedan and the five-door. Kelley Blue Book thinks it's "quite the looker," and J.D. Power says the Kia's "European-influenced appearance imparts a sporty and youthful character into an entry-level automobile." Cars.com touts the exterior features that give both Rios a decent amount of pizzazz: a black mesh grille, "swept-back" headlights, bumpers with black inserts, and black body-side moldings. According to Cars.com, the Rio's profile has what Kia calls a "subtle wedge shape, with sculpted arches at each fender."
Compared to earlier models, the Rio has a "higher quality feel both inside and out," says Kelley Blue Book. On the interior of the 2009 Kia Rio, this translates into good fittings and smart design choices. According to Edmunds, the cabin of the 2009 Kia Rio, especially in beige, has an "airy feel that is unusual for a car in this price range." Cars.com notes the "chrome dashboard accents" of the Rio SX.
The 2009 Kia Rio offers kicky, amusing styling that is several notches above its price tag.