Notes: The only reason we don't give the 2010 Kia Rio our top award is because of poor side crash test ratings.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,000 miles

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2010 Kia Rio electrical problems

electrical problem

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2010 Kia Rio Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012016


  • 88,000 miles


When driving, the car stalls for no reason (there is fuel in the car, has regular oil changes, and a brand new battery). It takes a couple minutes before the car will restart. While on the highway, the engine light will come on and then turn right off, but the RPM gauge stops working even though I am still driving. There is a jerking motion when that happens. This happens on city streets and on the highway. It is becoming unsafe and the dealership cannot replicate the situation. All they do is run the code but nothing comes up. This has been happening since the beginning of November 2016 and has happened every day since then.this is a safety issue because the car could stall anytime while driving and I could be seriously hurt and other drivers could get hurt

- Jessup, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 232015


  • 88,000 miles
My had my car about one year and it started to lose power. When I took it to dealership to fix it I had to pay for two diagnostic tests $95 each. The problem was the ignition coil, spark plugs, and exhaust manifold. It is now almost exactly another year past and same problem but now dealership can't read Kia codes and wants me to drive it 60 miles away with the problem still happening. The Kia dealership might be able to fix but have to get the car there. I did my own diagnostic test at autozone and a repair shop. They got the codes saying ignition coil, spark plugs, exhaust manifold, and possible catlytic converter with an estimate of 1260.00

- Leesville , LA, USA

problem #2

Dec 152014


  • 80,000 miles
Took my car to get fixed, and looked at the 2nd cyl.. apparently, tons of people are having problems with the 2nd cyl. After looking online about it. I had them try all my coils and its not a coil problem. I had all spark plugs changed and tune up was done. There is absolutely no reason my 2nd cyl. To be messed up... " Kia I'm so disappointed in my car, why are so many problems coming up" my car is not even 5 years old!!! I expect to get answers on this and it be taken care of, I will not be paying for something when I've done my part in maintain G my car.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012014

Rio 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Kia Rio. The contact stated that the vehicle's cd player overheated and produced a burning odor. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000...updated 10/08/14 the dealer wanted to charge the consumer $97 to diagnose the obvious faulty wiring. Updated 10/21/14

- Cicero , IL, USA

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