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those willing to spend a bit more cash can equip this little entry-level econobox with upscale features
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the sporty SX versions add foglights
standard equipment includes variable intermittent wipers and a rear-window defroster
In its higher trims, the 2010 Kia Rio and Rio5 come well-equipped, but don't expect a lot in the base-model Rio.
The bargain-priced base model of the 2010 Rio comes with manual winding windows; no air conditioning and no tilt steering (no power steering at that) are part of the deal. On the base Rio, "standard equipment includes an eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat, variable intermittent wipers and a rear-window defroster," notes Car and Driver. Edmunds complains that "cruise control isn't available" in the base model, and ConsumerGuide reports such comfort and convenience features in the base model as "cloth upholstery, front bucket seats w/height-adjustable driver seat, center console, tachometer, rear defogger, variable-intermittent wipers, automatic-off headlights"—in other words, the basics.
Step up to the LX and you'll get what most people now consider the minimum, with A/C, tilt steering, power steering, and split-folding rear seats, and you'll set the stage for Power Package that includes power locks, mirrors, and windows; keyless entry; and heated mirrors. A sportier suspension, alloy wheels, fog lamps, and a spoiler are all included with the SX, plus sport seats, leather trim, and Sirius Satellite Radio. LX and SX models have a USB audio port, and for the first time, a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface will be offered as an option on the Rio late in the model year.
The SX comes equipped with "Fog/driving lights," which are not an option on the LX, according to Cars.com.
The 2010 Kia Rio and Rio5 offer a respectable list of features, if you're willing to step up to the LX or EX models; base models keep it very simple.