2013 Kia Rio

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Kia Rio. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    31-32 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Assertive styling
  • Gas mileage
  • Decent power
  • Automatic transmission responsiveness
  • Optional upscale amenities

The Bad

  • Active Eco mode severely diminishes performance
  • Uncomfortable front seats
  • Tight backseat
  • Safety concern in NHTSA side-impact crash test

Notable Features of the 2013 Kia Rio

  • Sedan or hatchback
  • EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway
  • Optional Eco Package features stop/start fuel-saving technology
  • VSM safety system can automatically make steering corrections
  • Available navigation with 7-inch screen

2013 Kia Rio Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Kia's fuel-sipping Rio sedan and hatchback were redesigned for the 2012 model year and achieve an EPA-estimated 28/37 mpg city/highway.  The subcompact car is available with high-tech features, and competitors include the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris.
New for 2013
The available Eco Package includes fuel-saving stop/start engine technology, and the SX trim level now comes standard with steering-wheel paddle shifters. In the hatchback, the seat-folding release for the backseat has been revised.
Exterior
The Rio shares design cues from the automaker's larger Optima family sedan, including a chrome-ringed grille that leads to wraparound headlights, but the sedan's trunk lid is relatively short. The hatchback has a sleeker rear, finished with a forward-swept liftgate. Exterior features include:

  • 15-inch steel wheels standard; 17-inch alloy wheels optional
  • Body-colored door handles and side mirrors
  • Available fog lamps and LED daytime running lights 
  • Available power sunroof
  • Available chrome exhaust tips 
  • Available power-folding side mirrors

Interior
In the Rio's cabin, controls are within easy reach of the driver and thoughtfully arranged. With front bucket seats and three seat belts in back, the Rio theoretically has room for five people. Folding the rear seats down in the hatchback creates nearly 50 cubic feet of cargo volume. The EX and SX hatchbacks gain a standard cargo floor tray and net.

SX models add metal ped...

Vehicle Overview

Kia's fuel-sipping Rio sedan and hatchback were redesigned for the 2012 model year and achieve an EPA-estimated 28/37 mpg city/highway.  The subcompact car is available with high-tech features, and competitors include the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris.
New for 2013
The available Eco Package includes fuel-saving stop/start engine technology, and the SX trim level now comes standard with steering-wheel paddle shifters. In the hatchback, the seat-folding release for the backseat has been revised.
Exterior
The Rio shares design cues from the automaker's larger Optima family sedan, including a chrome-ringed grille that leads to wraparound headlights, but the sedan's trunk lid is relatively short. The hatchback has a sleeker rear, finished with a forward-swept liftgate. Exterior features include:

  • 15-inch steel wheels standard; 17-inch alloy wheels optional
  • Body-colored door handles and side mirrors
  • Available fog lamps and LED daytime running lights 
  • Available power sunroof
  • Available chrome exhaust tips 
  • Available power-folding side mirrors

Interior
In the Rio's cabin, controls are within easy reach of the driver and thoughtfully arranged. With front bucket seats and three seat belts in back, the Rio theoretically has room for five people. Folding the rear seats down in the hatchback creates nearly 50 cubic feet of cargo volume. The EX and SX hatchbacks gain a standard cargo floor tray and net.

SX models add metal pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, illuminated vanity mirrors, a trip computer, cruise control, and Kia's Uvo communication and entertainment system that incorporates a backup camera. SX models can have the optional Premium Package, which includes a navigation system, push-button start, heated front seats, leather upholstery and a moonroof. Other interior features include:

  • Standard CD stereo with auxiliary and USB inputs
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Available power windows and locks
  • Available Bluetooth hands-free connectivity

Under the Hood
Rios equipped with the optional Eco Package feature Kia's Integrated Stop and Go system  that shuts the engine off automatically when the Rio comes to a halt, restarting when the brake pedal is released. With this system, city gas mileage estimates increase by 1 mpg to 30 mpg. The engine also features direct injection, an uncommon technology in this class. Mechanical features include:

  • 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with available paddle shifters
  • Sport-tuned suspension (SX)

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes with front and rear discs
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I LOVE MY LITTLE RIO!

by Zengirl from Los Angeles, CA on August 13, 2018

I had a 1994 Honda Prelude Si most of my adult life. Great, stylish car but age had gotten to it, and it was becoming a money pit. I wanted an economical, reliable car, but something with style, not a ... Read full review

(4.0)

Great 1st car!

by flavia from CA on June 24, 2018

Great first car very reliable and great gas milage. Defiantly recommend this car for people looking for an affordable first car. kia great car brand Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Kia Rio currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Kia Rio has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rio received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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