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2013 Kia Rio Review
Reviewed by Automotive on
Vehicle OverviewThe 2013 Kia Rio subcompact car was redesigned for the previous model year, offering sleek exterior lines and a premium interior. The compact sedan feels much more roomy inside than one might think, giving the Rio a more solid feel. The 2013 Kia Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 138 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 29/37 mpg city/highway. The Rio is offered as both a hatchback and sedan, and features five models, the LX manual, LX, EX, SX manual, and SX. However, Kia is releasing only 500 of the SX hatchbacks with a manual transmission.
The interior of the 2013 Kia Rio is stylish and has an air of being more upscale than the car's price suggests. Although the material selection is average for the base LX model, added soft-touch surfaces provide a more comfortable feeling. On the upper level models, metallic accents can be found throughout the cabin, along with a vast amount of standard equipment. These features give the Rio one of the best interiors in the segment. The infotainment system is easy to use, with both a touchscreen and voice control. For such a small car, the Kia Rio boasts great cabin room, making taller passengers and driver comfortable. With 13.7 cubic feet of cargo room, the Rio offers more room than many other vehicles in the segment. The hatchback model furthers that number by offering 50 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.
Standard features on the 2013 Kia Rio include heated power mirrors, height-adjustable driver seat, tilt-only steering wheel, trip computer, satellite radio, and four-speaker sound system. The LX Power package adds power windows and locks, as well as keyless entry. The EX model includes upgraded cloth upholstery, sliding front armrest, Bluetooth, and an upgraded sound system. The EX Convenience package adds automatic headlights, power-folding mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, map lights, upgraded interior materials, rearview camera, and a touchscreen interface. The EX Eco package includes automatic start-stop. The SX model includes the EX Convenience package, as well as a sport-tuned suspension, LED running lights and taillights, dual exhaust tips, and paddle shifters. The SX Premium package adds a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, and a larger touchscreen.
New for 2013The 2013 Kia Rio features slight updates after last year's redesign, including automatic stop-start technology on the EX model, while the SX gets standard paddle shifters. New Kia badges are located on the hood, trunk, and steering wheel. The EX and SX hatchback models get rear seatback release levers and a cargo floor tray as standard.
- Updated styling
- Long list of standard and optional features
You Won't Like:
- Firm ride
- Unsophisticated handling
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