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2013 Kia Rio5 Review
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A subcompact hatchback, the 2013 Kia Rio 5-Door has ample interior space to accommodate the comfort of its passengers. An affordable vehicle, the Kia Rio 5-Door has been improved over the years. The upgraded EX and SX trim offer higher quality materials in the interior than one might expect from a car of its class. Outperforming much of the competition in terms of acceleration, the tiny Rio 5-Door commands a presence on the road and can often seem like a larger vehicle than it is. The Rio 5-Door also offers several packages which include upgrades to fuel economy, conveniences, performance, safety and style. Overall, the 2013 Kia Rio 5-Door offers great performance, a host of convenience, safety, and comfort accessories, as well as plenty of fun on the road at a reasonable price compared to other competitors in its class.
New For 2013
Two new features are added to the 2013 Kia Rio 5-Door:
- The Kia Rio 5-Door EX has an available automatic start/stop technology for better fuel economy
- The Kia Rio 5-Door SX comes equipped with standard steering wheel paddle shifters for all automatic transmissions
The 2013 Kia Rio 5-Door LX and EX comes equipped with standard 15-inch steel wheels and the SX offers 17-inch alloy wheels. This subcompact hatchback features a sleek aerodynamic design that tapers in the front and includes a rear spoiler. The Rio 5-Door LX features four different exterior colors, including Signal Red and Aurora Black. The Rio 5-Door EX includes eight color varieties, including the four offered on the LX and additional ones such as Electronic Blue and Chestnut. The Rio 5-Door SX offers five different exterior color choices. The EX Convenience package adds a few extras, including 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, and power-folding mirrors. Exterior options available for the 2013 Kia Rio 5-Door include wheel locks, rear bumper applique, and sport graphic.
Interior & Cargo
Interior features available for the 2013 Kia Rio 5-Door vary between models. The Rio 5-Door LX features air-conditioning, cargo area light, power and heated mirrors, cloth seating, height adjustable driver seat, front seatback storage, audio controls on the steering wheel, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, AM/FM sound system with CD and MP3 playback with four speakers, Sirius XM satellite radio with three months of service, auxiliary input with USB connection, tachometer, trip computer, and Bluetooth wireless communication. The Kia Rio 5-Door EX adds several standard features, including cruise control, front console with storage, two more speakers, remote power door locks, one one-touch power window, and premium cloth seating.
The Rio 5-Door SX adds a few more goodies such as leather trim on shift knob, leather and simulated alloy steering wheel, front reading lights, rear view camera, and turn signal in mirrors. Including several interior upgrades, the EX Convenience Package adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, map lights, better interior material, rear view camera, and a touch-screen interface with a voice-activated media player interface. The SX Premium Package includes an excellent assortment of upgrades, such as leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, and navigation system. Interior options include EC mirror with HomeLink and compass, and carpeted floor mats.
Receiving four out of five stars for overall protection and awarded four stars for frontal protection and five stars for side protection, the 2013 Kia Rio 5-Door also includes a wide assortment of safety features. Included as standard, the Kia Rio 5-Door comes equipped with four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, two front headrests and three rear headrests which are all height adjustable, rear door child safety locks, child seat anchors, tire pressure monitoring, emergency braking assist, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, rear center three-point belt, front seatbelt pretensioners, and ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes. The upgraded SX model features several more safety standards, including auto delay off and dusk sensing headlamps, daytime running lights, fog lights, and turn signal mirrors. A rear view camera is also available.
Equipped with a standard 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. The Kia Rio 5-Door gets excellent acceleration for such a modest engine. A small vehicle, the performance delivered on the road makes the Rio 5-Door seem like a larger vehicle than it is. The Rio 5-Door goes from zero to 60 mph in just 9.7 seconds, which is slightly quicker than its competitors. Fuel economy is good, getting an estimated 30/40 mpg city/highway, with a combined total of 33 mpg. Included with the EX Eco package is automatic start/stop technology, which saves fuel. Handling and maneuvering are average, and the ride can get a bit noisy when driving at higher speeds.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Kia Rio 5-Door
- Chevrolet Sonic
- Suzuki SX4 Sport
- Toyota Yaris
- Scion xD
- Hyundai Veloster