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2013 Kia Rio LX Sedan

2013 Kia Rio Review

(0 Stars)  The least expensive Kia is a looker.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
Kia is releasing about 500 SX hatchbacks with manual transmissions this year. There’s a new “Kia” badge on the hood, trunk, and steering wheel of all Rios. Steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles are standard on SX models. Five-door models get new rear seatback release levers, and a cargo floor tray and net come standard on EX and SX trim levels.
Overview
The Kia Rio, once an archetypally boring car, is now interesting. All-new last year, the Rio has clean lines, an upright and aggressive front fascia, and standard fifteen-inch wheels that dispel the sense of awkwardness and cheapness that commonly afflict subcompact cars. The top-of-the-line SX goes even further, with seventeen-inch aluminum wheels and LED accents for the taillights and the daytime running lamps. That’s flashy hardware for a subcompact, but the Rio subtly pulls it all together in a fashion not unlike that of the Volkswagen GTI. The Hyundai Accent, its under-the-skin twin, is probably more distinct, but the Rio is more expensive-looking. The Rio also looks good on the inside—typically an area where economy cars serve up lots of cut-rate hard plastic. There’s a handsome dash with large switches and available navigation. The graining of the plastics and the number of soft-touch surfaces impresses. Predictably, the Rio shares much with the Accent, from its 101.2-inch wheelbase to its direct-injected, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Paired with a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic, the Rio gets the now-requisite 40 mpg on the highway. On the debit side are overboosted steering, sluggish acceleration, and a ride that can be harsh.

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2013 Rio LX Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.6L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 28 MPG city, 36 MPG highway, 31 MPG combined and 354 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
11.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 123 ft lb of torque @ 4,850 rpm

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'13 Kia LX Sedan Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Trip Computer
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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