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


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Kia Rio engine problems

engine 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

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 #2

Aug 272014

Rio 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
We were involved in an accident where we rear ended another vehicle. The other car was at a standstill and we hit them at about 30 mphs. The driver and myself both had seat belts. The driver injuries her left knee. The airbags did not deploy. I think that if they did her knee might not have been injured because she would not have slid forward upon impact..

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 302014

Rio 4-cyl

  • miles
Traffic came to a sudden stop, I could not stop in time. I hit the tires of a semi trailer, that collision threw me down an embankment where I hit a tree head on. The air bags did not deploy.

- Prescott, MI, USA

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