Thursday, September 5, 2013

2013 Kia Rio



Looking for a compact car that has an amazing price and gets great gas mileage? Then the 2013 Kia Rio just might be the car for you.


The 2013 Kia Rio has an estimated MPG of 28 city an 36 highway. You truly can't beat that MPG in a vehicle unless it's electric/hybrid. 

This car might be tiny, but it sure packs a punch.
With a base price of just $13,600 this car is very affordable and has some wonderful features that you'd think would come at a higher price. 

My favorite feature is of course the push start. You can leave your keys in your pocket or purse, push the brake pedal and then push the button to start your car. It truly doesn't get any easier than that. Your keys never have to leave your side and there's no fear of leaving them in the car. Plus with the button on the driver door you can't lock your keys in your car anyway, if the Smart Key is within a certain distance you can just push the button on the door handle and it unlocks the door with ease.

The radio dashboard is real slick and sleek looking. Definitely has a sporty look to it that any person could appreciate. 
It has the touch screen on it and it makes tuning super easy. 
The one I drove also has the Navigation Package with Sirius Traffic updates. 

The steering wheel has all the right controls needed to make your ride as comfortable and easy as possible.
MPG is displayed right on your dashboard so it's right in front of you at all times. 
This picture was taken in the beginning of the tank after only having it a couple days, so it wasn't to it's full potential yet. I think when we returned it, it was closer to 27 mpg. We do live in the city.

There was lots of leg room in the front for the passenger

But not a whole lot in the back.

My most favorite part of this whole car though was definitely the trunk. This was the biggest trunk I have ever seen in a car (I believe), even my husband's Chrysler 300. 
This trunk could hold everything you need in it and then some. 
It held my stroller, baby carrier and a week's worth of groceries with complete ease.


You can also fold down the back seat to make more room for items in your trunk.

And another great feature is the driver and passenger door have a cup holder in them

The Kia Rio that I drove had heated leather seats as well, which is definitely a nice feature to have in the cold winters. 
The Kia Rio I think would be best for a single person or a couple, the back seat is pretty small and young children might have trouble fitting back there comfortably or easily. 

The Kia Rio is definitely a safe car. It has Dual front advanced airbags and also full length curtain airbags on the sides. They go the full length of the vehicle protecting the sides of your head if you were to ever be in a crash. 

The Kia Rio also received an award for the US EPA SmartWay Certification Mark. This means that it received a recognition for being one of the cleanest fuel efficient vehicles, based on it's greenhouse gas an air pollution scores. 

Overall it's a great little car. It handled great and drove great, it was just small for our ever growing family!
The vehicle I received was the Kia Rio SX and had a price tag of $21,340. Still at their most expensive model, that is super affordable. 


*Disclaimer, I received a Kia Rio for a 1 week test drive. All opinions here are 100% my own and I was not compensated to write this post, other than receiving the vehicle. 



161 comments:


Linda said...

How cool is it that you get to test drive cars?! So fun! This looks like a great commuter car, but I'm not too excited about the lack of legroom in the back. I like the cupholders in the door, that's different.


Abigail said...

Wow - Im impressed by the trunk - my double jogging stroller wont fit in mine.


Julie Goetz said...

This is an impressive car. I have never considered a Kia before but I will check them out when I buy my next car.


Jean Brinkley said...

Nice looking compact. I'm impressed with the trunk space - I never have enough!


Starbucks Addict said...

That's one modern looking car! Wow! Looks like it has more trunk space than my Yukon.


Joanne said...

Great price for that car! And it is a cute one to run errands in.


Lynn Becker said...

I love the push button start feature on cars, I wish mine had that! And heated seats are just the best thing in the winter (or when it's that time of the month, it's pretty comforting).


Kate Fuller said...

I like that it has a navigation system and traffic updates.


Jess&James said...

This is an awesome looking car for the price love the start button
Jessica Cox


Nancy said...

We love Kia cars! This one has a ton of special features that are amazing!

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Sandy VanHoey said...

I like the airbags for safety on this. Seems they went the extra mile for safety which is important and love the price isn't outrageous on this either.


Deanna Watson said...

WOW. It looks so sporty and cool.
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♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

Looks like a nice car! Cool getting it free for a week to test drive!
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Kattzzz said...

I'd like to know more about the Sirius Traffic Updates.


brandy davis said...

Tons of trunk space. Im impressed.


Jessica Wyatt said...

So spacious for a car! I would love to have a car with that gas mileage...


Chris Alejandro said...

I used to have a low impression of Kia's but they have really become a lot nicer than when they first came out. lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com


Pam Halligan said...

In my opinion, Kia has really come a long way. I like the layout of the Rio, especially the trunk space. The console is nicely set up, and the gas mileage is terrific.


JRFrugalMom and Family said...

It sure is a cute little car, but it is a bit too little for our family of six. We are definitely considering Kia for our next minivan though.


Elena said...

Nice car! I like that it's affordable


susana mladenovski said...

really impressed that kia now is coming out with better cars. Beautiful car and really nice interior


Olivia R said...

I love the push start feature. My car has the steering controls too and it keeps my eyes on the road and off the radio. I also love the Bluetooth feature. Makes handsfree talking a synch.


carolann88fan said...

Wow great looking car. I have never driven a Kia but my sister has one and loves it. I have a suv but have decided it is time to downsize and be economical. I will have to give this one a test drive.


lisagee1234 said...

Kia, Ria and Soul are the 3 kittens found at my local dealership that sells the Kia. Nice people. They took care of them and found them homes. Nice cars too!


HC Montgomery said...

That's a slick little car. Nice price, too! I'd definitely consider purchasing one if I wasn't already in love with my own car and planning to be buried with it!


courtney erickson said...

I would love to test drive this baby! It looks so fun to drive! I really love the push start but I think it might be hard to get used to.


Wendi S said...

I am surprised how much trunk room this car has. Very nice looking!


Susan Heim said...

I'd love to trade in my minivan for a cute little car like this once my kids go to college. It looks like so much fun to drive!


bxcrochet said...

Love how spacious it looks.


Aline Grigorian said...

Nice car, eapecially love the cup holder in the door!


reina tamayo said...

This is an impressive car.


rjcqh said...

I'm impressed with both the car & the trunk space.


April G said...

That push start feature is AWESOME! What a great looking little car. :)


ALee said...

Nice looking compact but too small for a family.


Rebecca Parsons said...

It is a nice looking car, but no offense I am strictly GM vehicle owner. Husband works for Gm so I kinda have to be.


Kymberly Pray said...

Sure is sporty-sleek. The dash, with the radio and all the gizmos, looks like an airplane cockpit.
Though I love my vehicle, I'm a bit jealous of the MPG on this KIA (almost 2X mine, and it is not a huge SUV or truck).
What a roomy trunk - such an important and often overlooked aspect of the car as buyers get swept up in the exterior.
Great review, thank you for the information. Aloha.


Mrs. K said...

We currently own an older model Kia Rio and its also small but we love it! I personally don't like the dashboard on the one you reviewed but its probably just a matter of me getting used to it, as I would sacrifice the dashboard for the trunk space, though I'm not a fan of the back seat leg room. I'm glad you mentioned car seats, I was wondering about that since in the pic the back seat looks kinda small-- not a + for use since we sometimes have to cram 3 kids under 3 in our current small Rio when I babysit my cousins kids. I still love my Rio though and would get another Kia.


Dii Lopes said...

Oh god


clc408 said...

That large trunk would be great for road trips.


shaunie said...

Wow! I am impressed as to what this car has to offer. I never knew before and was unsure... I can guarantee that I will be looking into one of these once I decide to make a purchase


Matt Demski said...

I test drove one of these the last time I was looking for a new car. While ultimately I went with something else, this was a top contender!


Laura Ann said...

cute car. My husband drives a Kia. They are ok cars.


reina tamayo said...

I like that it has a navigation system !!!


Maria Iemma said...

The prize seems reasonable and I like the GPS. I will need a new car in another year or so.


PAIGE said...

Adorable little car, Kia has come a long way!
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Helen said...

my cousin has one of these and she loves it


TarynPasco916 said...

This car looks so cute and like a perfect car for me!


Ash Jester said...

Such an awesome looking car!


Nancy said...

What great gas mileage with a modern looking car!

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Theresa M said...

Firstly love the color of the car. Otherwise it would be fine for me but my guys are all 6 footers so if it doesn't have much leg room other than the front they would be out. I love the truck room too. A lot of my cars are like that and I love not having to get a truck to haul anything because it fits in my car. Nice ride.


CatOLuck said...

It's a great looking car for the price. I would consider one if in the market.


ALee said...

See like a nice car but it wouldn't fit our family.


Katie said...

Love that color - Kias have come a long ways lately!


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

It's very cute! Hope you had fun test driving!


Lynn Becker said...

With the great mileage it would be a great car for my husband's commute. And we'd still have my van for going out with the baby!


ALee said...

I love the red color of this car.


Amy Orvin said...

This car looks so comfortable to ride in.


GOLDEN BEAUTY ORIFLAME said...

Kia é uma marca maravilhosa, este carro é simplesmente um colosso.


GOLDEN BEAUTY ORIFLAME said...

É um carro simplesmente colossal, adoro a marca Kia


susan1215 said...

We have a Kia Sorento which we like a lot. This model would be a good size for me, and I love the gas mileage that it gets.


Rebecca Parsons said...

It looks really nice, but I am not a kia fan


Vicki Hall said...

I'm impressed with the trunk space and good gas mileage. Looks nice too.


ufg8trj said...

looks nice, my husband just bought a kia so far he loves it


Heavensangel2387 said...

The trunk has a lot of space! Cool car! :)


Lisa Garner said...

I love the pull down seat for extra space.


Julie G. said...

What a huge trunk! How nice... we had trouble with a car for our family b/c of the lack of trunk space. We moved to an SUV. This car is a great choice tho and a great price!


zjpbaby said...

My mother in law just purchased a Kia and everyone in the family is impressed! Such a good looking car


Marissa Buffett said...

Looks like a nice car! Newer then mine. I've never owned a rio :)


Stephanie Larison said...

Very nice review! We've had Kia's in the past and they were always really nice. Esp. the sportage. I'd definitely get another some day, lol but hope the time isn't soon since we just got a smaller car to help on gas.


Courtney B said...

i love it! kia has really been impressing me lately, love the red too!


Laura B said...

Nice review! My dad is in the market for a new car so I will share this link with him :)


momo said...

I sure could use a new car, my old Chevy Malibu is falling apart. Will have to keep this car in mind.


Kattzzz said...

I wouldn't need the heated seats, but good idea for northerners.


freddie said...

I love this car. I don't drive very much anymore but this car would be perfect for me. I love the key in your pocket thing where can start up your car and the warming seat is for me. What a great car.


Jeanine B said...

Some really nice add ons to this car! Thanks for the review!


kathy pease said...

This looks awesome! We bought a Kia Soul about a year ago and we love it..there is so much room and its a comfy ride..I am so glad that is what we chose :)


LesleyfromWI said...

Love the look of the car & there seems to be a lot of space in it!


Shayna Brookman said...

This car is the perfect size for our family !!! Great car :)

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Devon F said...

Kias are impressive these day!! very stylish!


Theresa M said...

Looks really room in the trunk area and that is what I like when my MOm and I go to yard sales. :)


Chris Alejandro said...

I could really use an upgrade like this. Christian Alejandro lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com


LadyV said...

They are beautiful cars of Kia, I have a Kia Picanto red as this machine in the picture!


Cody Anderson said...

Good choice. We are looking for a new car and the Kia Rio is on our list.


Cop-MonsteR said...

Compact cars are outgrown too fast. We chose a midsize car.


Pam Halligan said...

The gas mileage is excellent.


Jeanine B said...

It bugs me that the legroom in the back is non existant. Might as well have a 2 seater.


Mya Murphy said...

super-cute car, but being an epileptic, this doesn't apply to me.


Ashley-Raye said...

Cute car! Would be a great commuter vehicle for my husband. I couldn't imagine putting more than one carseat in it, but would be nice to have a fuel efficient vehicle around for when you don't want to haul around a gas guzzler!


Maria Ivey said...

I definitely like the size of the trunk.


Brianna Sherman said...

I love that giant trunk! I have a Jeep Liberty and even though it is big, it has no room for junk in the trunk. Ugh. Maybe a car is more up my alley than I thought...


Zephyr Hill Blog said...

That's a huge trunk! I never would have guessed there was all that cargo space!


Leela R. said...

I can't believe the price for a car with such great features.


Evelyn D. said...

Such a beautiful car. I love the color inside.


ALee said...

This car is really nice but too small for our family.


Ann Paquette-Lukens said...

Cute car!


Maia G said...

Not bad! I love trying new cars :)


caseyrusso said...

I love the sleek compact look of this car!


Dianna said...

Wow!!Nice looking car--never got to drive one--I don't think we even have a dealer here we are sooo country--lol--bet it has the best in gas mileage out there


Janet W. said...

Kia has definitely improved their cars over the years! This looks great with lots of space!


neoh42f said...

This is a very attractive looking car that I wouldn't mind owning myself! The gas mileage is awesome and it has plenty of room for all my shopping needs. :)


Meghan said...

I think the car is cute but just to small for my family of four. Road trips would be a nightmare.


lmurley2000 said...

I love this car would love to have one

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Ashley-Raye said...

I love the cup holders in the door, so much nicer than having stuff accidentally spill!


Rebecca Parsons said...

It has a fairly mid price affordability.


Jennifer Speed said...

I love Kia's they are so dependable we have a 2008 Sorrento and we are now just replacing the brakes. These cars last long and are very reliable. Kia makes great cars so I am absolutely sure that the Rio is everything you said it was and it really isn't a bad price either.


MANDY83 said...

love the interior! i have a kia and i love it


Jessica B. said...

This is a very nice looking car. It seems comfortable too! I really like the touch screen for the radio. Thanks for the review. jj250@aol.com


Vivacious Ramsey said...

my second car was a kia sephia- teary eyed, I did miss that vehicle.- livivua


Sara said...

Kia Cars look great


reina tamayo said...

This car look so cute !!


RachelMarie said...

So neat that you get to test drive brand new cars! I love all the little extras, but with 2 little guys and another LO on the way, all I can do is dream about a cute little red car like that!


Jeannette Mills said...

Kias have really come a LONG way! The trunk size is impressive and the touch screen is great!


Courtney B said...

never thought I would like kias! but I really do !:)


Bryndi said...

impressive car!! Good contendor for hubbys work car


Amber Hale said...

That is a nicelooking car I know I would buy that


ALee said...

I love the color but to small for a family car.


Renee Walters said...

This is an impressive car. I am surprised, as I have only heard negative things about Kia Cars.


Jalapeno Mama said...

Wish they would make a vehicle for larger families that got really good gas mileage :)


reina tamayo said...

We love Kia cars!!!!


Maria Iemma said...

My car is a 2006 Toyota that is working OK however when I see the Kia car on your post I am in love..so many cool features.


Stephanie said...

How awesome to test drive a car! I really like this car however it still would have been over our budget for a second car. We just bought a second car and I wanted to be under $10, 000


Andrea Mc said...

I like the interior styling--sleek


Melinda said...

impressive


Dana Lynn said...

I love my Hyundai Elantra (2012) also made by the parent company Kia. They are turing out some good stuff lately!


reina tamayo said...

Great review,thank you for the information. Great car !!!


Keara B. said...

Great review! I really didn't think I could get a car with such great gas mileage at such a low price, but you've proved me wrong. And I never really thought about a push-button start before, but now I really want one! I always have my hands full with toddler stuff and not having to search through my purse for keys would be a big bonus. :)


bxcrochet said...

loving all that trunk space

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MissMannah said...

I love Kias, my husband has the Optima. Looks like you had a lot of fun test driving the Rio!


Katy said...

Wow! I'm really impressed. You had me at the great gas mileage, but I love all of the little extras on this ar. It's super-roomy, too! Thanks!


MichelleS said...

Definitely an impressive compilation of technology in such a small car!


Briana said...

Always wanted a red car...


Sarah McKelvy said...

Nice size trunk.


Shakeia Rieux said...

This is the kind of vehicle i need.The car i have now the trunk is so small,i cant fit much in there and its mostly my kids stuff


Alicia said...

Love the car especially the red color.


deniseyweesy said...

I have a 2008 Kia Spectra Ex and I have never had a problem with it. I love, love my car.


Rachel said...

That trunk does look huge! Leg room in the back seat isn't great but I don't use my backseat much anyway and a baby doesn't need much legroom:)


Kattzzz said...

Definitely would only need the heated leather seats up North. Not so much here in Florida.


Lisa H said...

Cute car and reasonable price! The trunk looks like it has a lot of room.


Lisa Garner said...

I love how great the fuel efficiant this car is for such a low price tag.


Natasha said...

This car looks very spacious! I have a Hyundai and I have been very happy with Hyundai and Kia!


tavernie said...

Wow I love that trunk space!!!
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ALee said...

The color is very nice and I know this sounds silly but I like the cup holders in the door.


Thomas Murphy said...

Awesome car!


Rebecca Parsons said...

I like the cup holders in the door. I have them in my car and they are really nice convenience.


ldoepker said...

your review was very nice but I can not buy this car or any of there car


Amber Hale said...

that is a nice car.


Laura B said...

Cute car and afforadable!


Courtney B said...

I've never really wanted a kia but lately i'm loving the new styles!


cassandra sudduth said...

This looks like a really nice car. I never considered a Kia. I will definitely consider it next time.


Kattzzz said...

one of the cleanest fuel efficient vehicles, based on it's greenhouse gas an air pollution scores. Nice to hear about that, something new I'd never heard about, the epa awards.


Linda Meyers-Gabbard said...

Grest gas mileage. Awesome price. Cute little car for student or small fam.


1955nurse said...

This would be a great car for my Daughter, who is looking for a new car - it's fun, affordable, modern & very gas efficient!!!!


Nancy said...

I love the excellent gas mileage and all the neat extra features!

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Tara Carlson said...

We actually seriously considered a Rio for our second car - the local dealership was offering a "buy a 2014 minivan, get a 2013 Rio free!" Unfortunately, "free" meant "We'll write you a check for 3 years worth of lease payments." So we wound up getting a Dodge minivan and keeping our 94 Impreza as the second car for now.


Kimberly said...

This looks like a very fun car to drive!


Michelle and Lakeon said...

I love this color of red! While my husband doesn't personally like Kia's I've always thought they were cute cars and this review shows the great highlights of this vehicle.


lgothard said...

I really like the look of this car. It is sporty but not a sports car. We are looking for something for my son to drive!!


Kitty Iecvan said...

This looks like a nice car! I'd love to test drive it.


Chelsey Jones said...

That's a very nice car! I drove a Kia for 12 years and I loved it!


Sarah Matos said...

I own a Kia and I love the brand. I feel safe and secure with my girls in the car. It rides nice in all weather conditions also.


judy schechter said...

What a beautiful car! And it's even affordable! I enjoyed your review and learned a lot about this car. I love the push button start!