Summary, Prices, Specs

By March 21, 2013


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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):Eco package ($400); includes automatic stop/start feature
Destination charge:$750
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$19000
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.6-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ 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 weigth: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 (MSPR) effective as of March 21, 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 -