2013 Kia Rio: Largely unchanged for the current model year, the 2013 Kia Rio is a FWD subcompact sedan powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a standard 6-speed manual and an optional 6-speed automatic transmission, enabling the Rio to achieve an EPA estimated 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. Features include 17-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, rear-camera display, push button start, navigation, leather seat trim, hands-free phone capabilities, and heated front seats. Safety is comprised of advanced front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-lock braking, electronic stability control, and tire pressure monitoring. The Rio is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
Following a complete redesign for 2012, the Kia Rio has no significant changes for 2013.
Excellent gas mileage; innovative Idle Stop and Go; improved safety; smooth, refined engines and transmissions; maneuverability; comfortable interior; value for the money
Good fuel economy and decent power are probably two of the central points that will ring relevant to those cross-shopping the Rio against any of the competition. In addition to being one of the lowest-priced cars in the U.S. market, the 2013 Rio is the first vehicle that's not either a hybrid or luxury model to feature fuel-saving engine start/stop technology, which momentarily shuts the engine off at stoplights. Kia notes that 85 percent of the Rio's materials are recyclable at the end of the vehicle's lifespan and that seat foams are 100-percent biodegradable. 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.