Single Mom Drives: Kia Rio Review

Remember how I mentioned I hit a rough patch recently? Half of it was caused by this…

That’s a flat tire on my Nissan Sentra.

But lucky for me a knight in shining Kia armor came to my rescue. (Yes even a fabulously independent single mom like me needs rescuing sometimes.)

…Only my knight wasn’t riding a horse, he was driving a Kio Rio.

It was part luck and part awesome that the Kia Rio was delivered to me that morning.

The Rio and I had scheduled a date a few weeks before. Of course my Nissan Sentra was jealous, but when it let me down with the flat tire I had no choice but to run off with the Rio and let it woo me for seven days.

Let me tell you ladies… that 5-door Kia Rio had game.

First, it urged me to throw my Sentra’s flat tire into its roomy trunk so I could drive to the store to get a new one. The Rio obviously knew I’d be stressed and distracted all week if I didn’t get that taken care of right away.

What a thoughtful car.

As we backed out of my driveway together for the very first time, the screen of its standard UVO Infotainment System caught my eye. The Rio’s rear camera display was the extra set of eyes I always wanted while going in reverse.


Once in drive I turned up the volume to the Rio’s audio system using the controls conveniently located on its steering wheel. The added bonus of SiriusXM Satellite radio made my heart skip a beat since I’d never had the pleasure of driving a car with commercial free music before unless it involved tunes from my iPhone using an auxilary jack.

At this point, if the Rio had a mouth I’d probably have been making out with it.

I later found out that the UVO’s in-dash hard drive is large enough to hold 700 MB of music. And that when I used the Bluetooth I was able to listen to Pandora off my iPhone too without any wires.

A single and independent woman like me appreciated listening to her music with “no strings attached.”

By the time I returned home with the new tire for my Sentra I was crushing hard on the Kia Rio.

Later that week I took the Rio to my father’s house to pick up some boxes of my stuff to go to my new apartment. As accommodating as the Rio had been, I figured because the Rio had a small exterior it wouldn’t be able to fit many boxes.

Boy was I wrong!

The trunk space alone fit two large boxes and a crate.

And the easy to use 60/40 split-folding rear seat allowed room for three more large boxes and a vacuum!

I was so impressed I used it to move boxes to my apartment a second time later in the week, even after I put the new tire on my Nissan Sentra.

Here’s where I could probably spout some specs about the rippling muscles that are the Rio’s engine, horsepower or torque but a woman like me doesn’t care much about those things when purchasing a car and my guess is if you’re a reader of my blog you’re looking for something affordable and reliable, not a race car anyway.

Since I support myself and my son off of one income, saving money on gas is a HUGE deal to me. When I got the Kia Rio it had a full tank of gas and an estimated 344 miles to drive until it was empty.

At the end of the week, after several trips between my house, my Dad’s house and  my new apartment moving things, plus all of the normal driving I do, I still had more than 200 miles to go on gas.

Why? Because the Kia Rio gets up to 40 MPG!

If that didn’t turn you on there’s probably no hope for you or your naughty bits. 

I’m happy to report that my son loved the Kia Rio too, which is important to me when getting into a serious relationship with a car or man. You can watch the video below to find out why we both were smitten.

While I have no plans to breakup with my Nissan Sentra, it was nice to have my fling with the Kio Rio for a week and my Kia Rio Review is an A!

I’ll never forget our time together…

If you’re on a budget and in the market for a brand new car that’s small in size but not in fun, the Rio was made for you!

Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. I was loaned a Kia Rio press car for seven days for review purposes. No request to share any particular point of view was made. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

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  1. Mimzy Wimzy says:

    We have a Kia Soul that we love for many of the reasons you loved the Rio… however, we learned it is NOT meant for toting around babies in rear facing car seats along with their strollers! Grocery shopping with said babies & strollers?? Not so much! I do love our Soul and the only drawback is the baby gear not fitting well.

  2. Mely says:

    Ohhh, thanks for the take from someone carting around the babes! Aidan is 6 so I didn’t have to worry about a stroller or rear facing car seat but now that I think about it, might be difficult to fit a stroller in that trunk AND try to fill it with groceries.

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