The Rio is now one of our preferred subcompacts on today's market, beating out other models like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent, though the Chevy Sonic remains our favorite of them all. In addition to being one of the lowest-priced cars in the U. With Smart Key, the driver need only have the key fob in their pocket or purse to unlock the doors and use the push-button starter to bring the engine to life. With 134 horsepower on tap, the eager 4-cylinder provided more than enough power for passing slower trucks, although most of the power can be felt in the higher-rpm range. The engine also features direct injection, an uncommon technology in this class. The steering loads up on weight quickly, with the usual electric-steering lack of feedback. Available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles.
The 2013 Rio is available with a rearview camera. Options for the 2013 Kia Rio come in the forms of packages. We researched and analyzed 40 Kia Rio reviews for this 2013 Rio overview. It starts pretty early in the a. A single engine powers all Rio body styles and trims, and it's offered with a choice of transmissions. Kia makes reasonable efforts to ensure that information contained in its press releases is accurate at the time of posting.
That's a relatively recent development, recent since the arrival of a new design director to the South Korean automaker. Overall, there's no significant difference in passenger room between the Rio sedan and hatchback models. A rearview camera is an option--and recommended, since the five-door Rio has some notable blind spots at the rear pillars. Is the 2013 Rio the Best Model Year to Buy? As for resale value, we expect the 2013 Kia Rio will retain residuals on par with those of the Ford Fiesta, and Hyundai Accent, but not as well as those of the Honda Fit. But where the Civic really has an edge is the variety Honda has for it. The bubbly, bland shapes of the former models have been ditched, and Peter Schreyer, Kia's new head of design, has penned a new range of cars with crisp, well-proportioned looks clearly influenced by cars from Peugeot, Opel, and Ford. Nevertheless, old mentalities die reluctantly.
The only thing that I wish was standard on the basic model would be the Bluetooth feature. Other Cars to Consider - The Sonic is about the same size as the Rio and Rio5, but it can be equipped with a turbocharged engine that makes it much more fun to drive. Folding the rear seats down in the hatchback creates nearly 50 cubic feet of cargo volume. All models have Kia's five-year, 60,000-mile limited warranty. . For those stubborn sharp turns or tight spaces, this car tackles them without a hesitation. Biggest complaint is that a long 5+ hour drive will hurt your rear, and that the passenger seat is pretty low sitting compared to the driver.
Make no mistakes, though; the Rio still has its work cut out for it, given the tradition and popularity of its Japanese competitors. The sedan version comes with a base 1. So why not consider this wonderfully styled, fuel-efficient Kia Rio. You are leaving the Goodyear. The car boasts a solid engine with timing chain, comfortable commute, strong mileage, bluetooth, backup camera, wireless calling, and with the seats down in back you can haul most of what you need around a city.
Bluetooth is available, and also a feature we recommend for safer driving. Regardless of trim, motivation for the 2013 Kia Rio comes from a 138-horsepower, 1. Hatchbacks get a rear spoiler standard, as well as 15-inch wheels; tilt steering; steering-wheel audio controls; and split-folding rear seats. Up front, legroom for tall drivers is pretty good, and the height-adjustable driver's seat and tilting wheel make it easy for drivers of all shapes and sizes to find a comfortable position. Our time with the 2013 Kia Rio was limited to the 5-door variant, which shares the same features and mechanical details with its 4-door sibling. The Kia Rio is available as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback.
Compared with the former Rio, the new car rides and handles in an entirely different class. The Rio's great design, inside and out, its strong body structure and enhanced safety, and its smooth direct-injection engine and 6-speed transmissions are all other very good reasons to consider the Rio in a crowded class that includes the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda2, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris among others. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the page carefully. I've had my car for 2 years now and I absolutely love it! In November 2012, Kia and Hyundai adjusted the fuel economy ratings on some 2011-2013 models. Good power to weight ratios make it fun to drive, easy move around the highway, zip down small city streets, and park in tight spaces.
Plenty of room throughout this small car in both the front and back. Kia has equipped the Rio with a gasoline direct-injection engine and an advanced 6-speed automatic transmission a 6-speed manual is standard. For a car with such a short wheelbase, and such a basic strut and twist-beam rear suspension, the Rio damps its ride well, and doesn't bound or crash unless the road surface swells with lots of long, rising bumps or deep pits. Throughout its rev range, the engine's mostly muted and doesn't have much vibration associated with high engine speeds, though there's some ticking generated by the direct injection that could use a damper of its own. Its small-displacement four-cylinder's eager to rev, gets excellent fuel economy, and its handling makes the most substantial improvements of all. The five-door hatchback's more winning than the four-door sedan, for sure, but both have sworn off the benign, bubbly shape of the prior car for a sculpted, neatly detailed look that wears Kia's signature grille with economy-car flair.
The back seat is more confined than in the Fit, with no adult-sized knee or head room to spare; its Accent cousin does a better job of providing space for four, and in luggage room too, where the Rio's nicely squared-off cargo hold nonetheless leaves the right kind of space for roll-on bags and Costco boxes. Please contact us to verify availability. We Did the Research for You: 40 Reviews Analyzed We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data — including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates — as well as the opinions of the automotive press. Unfortunately, that cheapness was evident in much more than the window sticker. Kia pitches the Rio squarely in the subcompact class, with 88 cubic feet of interior space. One distinct feature of the 2013 Rio is the Halo Body construction that was designed to help protect occupants in certain side impact and roll-over collisions.