Consumer Reviews Summary
24 of 26 (92%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Kia Rio Overview
The 2013 Kia Rio provides a great option for drivers in the market for a subcompact, and is available in either a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback model (known as the Rio5). The Rio competes with the Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Chevrolet Sonic.
The front-wheel drive Rio is powered by a compact 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 138-horsepower and is paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The premium SX model includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. An available Active Eco system lets drivers monitor their driving habits to maximize fuel economy.
The Rio promises to keep fill-ups to a minimum, with impressive fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with both transmission options.
Woven cloth seats come standard, with premium knit cloth and leather seat trim upgrades available. Heated front seats are an option, as are a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob. The standard audio system includes AM/FM/XM satellite radio, MP3-CD player, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Air conditioning and cruise control come standard, and power door locks and power windows are optional on the base model, but standard on the upgraded trims. The Microsoft UVO entertainment system is available, as well as Bluetooth hands-free calling with steering wheel-mounted controls, navigation with SiriusXM traffic, rear camera display, and push button start with smart key.
The Rio features 15-inch steel wheels, a black mesh grille, and body-colored door handles, with standard body-color power heated mirrors. Exterior options include chrome accents on the front grille, dual exhaust tips, front fog lights and front and rear LED accents. Wheel upgrades include fifteen- or seventeen-inch alloy wheels. A power sunroof with tilt feature is available, and the hatchback features a standard rear spoiler.
The Rio’s safety features include dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. The Rio comes equipped with antilock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and electronic stability control. Hill start assist provides safety when starting on steep inclines and vehicle stability management provides steering direction control capability. Side impact door beams and front/rear crumple zones provide extra protection to the driver and passengers in the event of a collision.
The 2013 Kia Rio delivers a great value for the price, and extends affordability to the gas pump with its attractive fuel economy ratings. Packed with standard features and impressive options, the Rio provides stiff competition in the subcompact vehicle class.