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An all-new model last year, the Kia Rio returns for 2013 with just a few revisions. Rio SX models receive steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, EX models can be equipped with an engine stop/start feature to improve fuel economy, and a new under-floor tray has been added to the hatchback models to enhance their cargo-stowage versatility.
As with all Kia models, the Rio's main attraction is the bang-for-the-buck it delivers, especially with upper trim levels. The 1.6-liter gasoline engine under the hood also returns excellent fuel economy of up to 40 mpg highway. Finally, there's Kia's long 10-year/10,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Downsides are likely to include tight quarters for rear seat passengers. Cargo space is also at a premium, with the sedan offering just 13.7 cubic feet of trunk room and the hatchback just 15 cubic feet.
Since the Kia Rio was all-new last year, we don't expect anything other than minor updates in the next few years.
The five-passenger 2013 Kia Rio is offered in four-door sedan and four-door hatchback body styles and in LX, EX and SX trim levels.
Power for all Rio models comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual (in LX models only) and a six-speed automatic, both routing power to the front wheels.
The entry-level LX model comes equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler (hatchback models only), tilt steering wheel, trip computer and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The EX adds keyless entry, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, cruise control, power windows, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, upgraded interior trim, and Bluetooth. The top-of-the-line SX gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, heated outside mirrors with built-in turn signals, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, upgraded gauges and interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a rearview camera and a voice-controlled audio system.
Major options include an LX Power package that bundles power windows and door locks plus keyless entry. An EX Convenience package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a rearview camera and a voice-controlled audio system. The SX can also be had with a Premium package that includes a sunroof, keyless entry/starting, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a navigation system with real-time traffic info.
The EPA rates the 2013 Kia Rio’s fuel economy at 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined with the automatic transmission, 30/40/34 with the manual transmission.
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