At the time of its debut in 2001, the Kia Rio was regarded as an affordable but problematic car. It was a modestly powered subcompact that came in either sedan or hatchback body styles, and provided a good alternative to other more costly vehicles in the class. However, options were limited and there are few first generation Rio's out there. In 2006, Kia redesigned the Rio offering a much more stylish and appealing vehicle. Still offered as a sedan or hatchback, it now featured a more powerful engine, improved steering and suspension, and more interior options. Kia Rio parts had clearly increased in quality thanks to an aggressive purchasing plan from OEM's by Kia and Hyundai. The third generation Rio was an improvement on the preceding designs in almost every way again, boasting an attractive new chassis and plethora of optional equipment. Who needs a Civic when you can get this for thousands of dollars less? Fun fact: rumor has it that the Kia Rio will bring its turbocharged supermini Pro-Cee'd GT version from Europe to the US shortly.