Smallest Kia gets a new design.
The smallest model in the Kia line up is its subcompact Rio, a vehicle that is sold in sedan and hatchback configurations. Kia markets the Rio and Rio 5-door models separately, but unlike earlier models the only difference between these two is its body style and overall length.
Pricing is from $13,600 for the sedan and from $13,800 for the hatchback, offering one of the lowest priced cars in America and one that comes fairly well equipped. Each model offers three trim levels to choose from with one engine and two transmission choices offered.
Engine and Transmission
Every 2013 Kia Rio model is powered by a 1.6-liter direct injection in-line four cylinder engine. This 16-valve aluminum block and head engine has a 11-to-1 compression ratio and features dual continuously variable valve timing.
The Rio’s engine makes 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 123 foot-pounds of torque at 4,850 rpm.
Kia pairs this engine with a 6-speed manual or an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic overdrive transmission.
The 2013 Kia Rio takes regular grade gasoline. This vehicle is EPA-rated at 29 mpg around the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Choose the EX with an ECO package and the Rio is rated at 30 around the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
Offering a 11.4-gallon fuel tank, the Kia Rio has a cruising range of 425 miles. That’s enough to take you from Austin to Dallas and back on one tank of fuel.
Kia Rio Dimensions
The Kia Rio dimensions shared here are for the sedan. This vehicle sits on a 101.2-inch wheelbase and is 171.9 inches long, 67.7 inches wide and 57.3 inches tall.
Seating five passengers, the 2013 Kia Rio offers 43.8 inches of legroom up front and 31.1 inches in the rear. Front head room comes in at 40.0 inches; rear head room is 37.6 inches.
Front shoulder room is 53.1 inches; rear shoulder room comes in at 52.1 inches. Front hip room measures 52.1 inches; rear hip room is 51.2 inches.
Total passenger volume measures 88.6 cubic feet. The Rio has 13.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
Kia Rio Notables
The 2013 Kia Rio is sold in LX, EX and SX trim levels. Standard 15-inch steel wheels with all-season tires can be upgraded to alloy wheels and larger 17-inch tires and wheels.
The exterior of the Rio features a black mesh grilled with chrome surround included in EX and SX models. Dual color-keyed power side mirrors are standard. Side mirror turn signal indicators are standard with the Rio SX.
SX models also bring in fog lights, LED lighting accents, dual exhaust tips and a sport-tuned suspension. All models come with intermittent wipers, a rear window wiper and washer, a locking fuel-filler door and a heated rear glass with timer.
Inside, a cloth interior is standard, with premium cloth and leather available. This model offers a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and optional heated front seats. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and a soft-touch dash are available.
The Rio’s audio system includes SiriusXM satellite radio and comes with four speakers; tweeters are included with EX and SX editions. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are standard; Bluetooth wireless controls and cruise control are available on EX and SX models.
Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, a tilt steering column, a luggage area cover and bottle and drink holders. An infotainment system, dual map lights, automatic head lights and a navigation system are available.
Photos courtesy of Kia Motors America, Inc.
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