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2013 Kia Rio (continued)


2013 Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is a good choice among subcompacts because it does everything well. It gets excellent fuel economy, it's enjoyable to drive, it's roomy and comfortable. We especially like the Rio 5 hatchback for its convenience. correspondent G.R. Whale reported from Seoul, South Korea; Laura Burstein reported from Los Angeles.

Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Kia Rio LX 4-door ($13,600); Rio EX 4-door ($16,500); Rio SX 4-door ($17,700); Rio 5-door LX ($13,800); Rio 5-door EX ($16,700); Rio 5-door SX ($17,900)
Engines:138-hp 1.6-liter I4
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags; electronic stability control, ABS
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:Gwangmyeong, South Korea

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Kia Rio 5-door EX ($16,700)
Standard equipment:cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, power locks, heated power mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, console, cruise control, trip computer, fog lamps, split-folding rear seats, AM/FM/CD/MP3/AUX/USB six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, variable intermittent wipers, and rear wipe/wash
Options as tested (MSRP):Eco package ($400); includes automatic stop/start feature
Destination charge:($750)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $19,000
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.6-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):138 @ 6300
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):123 @ 4850
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:30/40 mpg
Wheelbase:101.2 in.
Length/width/height:159.3/67.7/57.3 in.
Track, f/r:59.9/60.0 in.
Turning circle:33.5 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.0/52.1/43.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.6/51.2/31.1 in.
Cargo volume:15.0 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:torsion beam, coil springs
Ground clearance:5.5 in.
Curb weight:2483 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:11.4 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of January 30, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-333-4542 -

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