2013 KIA Rio

The 2013 KIA Rio is a compact car that stands out in the crowd, plus offers impressive options and technology. For this edition of The Car Coach, Lauren Fix takes a closer look.

Model: 2013 KIA Rio
MPG: 29 City / 37 Hwy
Engine: 1.6L 4-cyl. Engine
Price: Starts at $13,600

The 2013 KIA Rio is available in the LX, EX and SX models. It’s stylish inside and out with ample standard and optional features, plus high-quality interior materials on EX and SX models.

The interior feels bigger than it is, with great visibility and seating comfort. I’m still looking for lumbar support on the passenger side of the upper end models.

The base LX comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, heated power mirrors, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a trip computer, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. The LX Power package adds power windows, power locks and keyless entry.

The EX Convenience package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera and UVO voice-activated media player interface.

The SX trim level adds 17-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, LED running lights and taillights, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter, sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a navigation system, real-time traffic and a larger touch screen interface.

The engine is small but offers strong acceleration with a smooth ride and great fuel economy. One of the big seller factors for KIA is the long warranty.

Competes with:
•Hyundai Accent
•Ford Fiesta
•Chevy Spark
•Dodge Dart
•Nissan Versa
•Honda Accord

The 2013 KIA Rio is a stylish compact car with great fuel economy, plenty of options and models to meet your driving needs, plus a long warranty.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.

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