Last week we went on a fun and fantastic mini vacation to the Palm Beach area courtesy of the The Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau. To make our 3 hour drive more fun I got to drive a 2013 Kia Rio hatchback! I found the classy hatchback style to have more space than I would have expected from a tiny compact car like it’s competitors.
If you’ve driven or own a 2012 Rio you can expect changes for this year are limited to revised exterior and interior badging, new steering wheel mounted paddle shifters (standard on SX), standard cargo tray also on SX, and a revised rear seat back release lever. Regardless of the model, all Rios are powered by a 138-hp 1.6L 4-cylinder engine.
The Rio got great gas mileage for our 180 mile trip down there with about 36mpg. ECO Package assists in your gas saving worries which is Rio’s optional fuel-saving Idle Stop and Go Technology–Kia’s version of an engine start/stop system that will automatically shut the engine off at stoplights and restart it right when accelerating away.
All 2013 Rio models come with six standard airbags, including front seat-mounted bags plus full-length side-curtain bags. Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard on the Rio, as is a Hill Start Assist Control system to avoid rolling back on uphill starts.
Rio SX (which I drove) comes with power-folding outside mirrors, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear camera system and an SX Premium Package adds navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and rear camera display, which replaces the UVO system. Push-button start is also included, as are heated leather seating and a power sunroof. I appreciate that Kia adds the rear camera display (or back up camera as I call it) so when you put the car in Reverse you can see everything behind the car and the distance in which you would essentially hit an object. I have gotten way to use to that feature and I am constantly looking for a screen when I drive my own car. Sadly, one hasn’t appeared yet. lol.
Excellent gas mileage; innovative Idle Stop and Go; improved safety; smooth, refined engines and transmissions; maneuverability; comfortable interior; value for the money. 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.
Smaller vehicle so definitely not a family car. Lightweight also so I found that any slight breeze in the air would push me on the road.
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Disclosure: Some pictures provided by Kia.com because I lost all my personal pictures *cries*. I was loaned the Kia Rio for 7 days for the purpose of review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.