2013 Kia Rio SX is Small in Size, Big in Performance [Review]

The 2013 Kia Rio SX is going to shake up the subcompact world of automobiles. The vehicle is available in both a 4 door sedan and a 5 door version, with the 5th door being the hatchback. In any case, this isn’t our first time behind the wheel of a Kia Rio – last year we gave the 5 door Rio a spin and we loved it for its pep and spacious interiors, and overall feel-good car sensation. The Kia Rio trims are LX, EX, and SX. For the purposes of this review, we had a test run in the Kia Rio SX, which is a much more souped-up version in comparison to last years Rio. And with its delicate refinements, this is one little car that can!

The 2013 Kia Rio SX delivers a solid ride with a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 1.6L GDI – 4 cylinder engine with sport tuned suspension. When you get inside the Rio SX, it’s hard to believe that isn’t a full size sedan. While the exterior of the car sports a compact look, the interiors give an entirely different impression.

Front and rear passenger seating is spacious. The backseats are a bit on the tighter side but still very doable and comfortable for passengers. The front is also very generous on overhead and leg room space. There is also very lovely interior detailing when it comes to the seats, dashboard, and center console. The Kia Rio SX has everything you could want, especially within this price range, which can start as low as $13,600 and go upwards of $21,000, depending on the trim or premium packages that are chosen.

The car comes with keyless ignition, just make sure to have the key fob somewhere in the vicinity or you won’t be able to turn the car on. Another nice touch is a cradle that you can use to lay your Smartphone into. Most of the time, drivers end up putting their phones in cup holders or someplace under the center console – leaving you fumbling around trying to find it. This nice inclusion of a cradle for easy accessibility for the driver is a very nice and needed touch.

Trunk space could be a little bigger on the Rio SX, but again, considering the price and trim of the Rio SX, it is still quite generous. It is also nice to see that the suspension throughout the entire Kia 2013 has been addressed and it no longer feels like the car is going to fall apart in pieces if you hit a bump or pothole.

Verdict

The 2013 Kia Rio SX might be small in size, but it is big in performance and good looks. This is one car that has come a long way. It has everything that a new driver or even a young family would enjoy. It also handles very well on the road. You can squeeze out of it almost 400 miles of highway driving on a single gas tank, which is pretty impressive too. And the interiors along with the in-car tech aren’t half bad either. All in all, the 2013 Kia Rio SX is one compact car that will give you plenty of bang for your buck.

The Good: Looks great on the inside and out. Good handling on the road. Trim selection is wide. Spacious seating and in-car tech should make this a serious contender amongst other compact cars.

The Bad: iPhone 5 connectivity is an issue via the built-in USB. Street driving gas mileage isn’t as impressive as the highway miles per gallon.