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Used Car: 2013 Kia Rio Review

Review Last Updated: 7/16/14

The 2013 Kia Rio impressed reviewers with its capable powertrain, composed ride, upscale cabin and numerous available tech features.

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The 2013 Kia Rio’s four-cylinder engine delivers brisk acceleration off the line and is powerful enough to keep up with traffic and merge onto the highway without issue, test drivers said. A six-speed manual comes standard, while an available six-speed automatic earned praise for its well-timed shifts. The base 2013 Rio gets up to an EPA-estimated 29/37 mpg city/highway, which is in line with rival subcompact cars’ fuel economy. The Kia Rio has accurate steering and a composed ride on the highway, auto writers reported. They wrote that it handles admirably for a small car, though some mentioned that it’s not quite as agile as rivals like the 2013 Ford Fiesta.

Most reviewers said that the 2013 Kia Rio’s cabin has an attractive, well-made interior that’s outfitted with a blend of hard- and soft-touch materials. They noted that the front seats are supportive and comfy and there’s ample head- and legroom. The back seats offer a competitive amount of legroom, though as in most subcompact cars, they may be snug for taller passengers, critics wrote. The 2013 Rio sedan trunk holds 13.7 cubic feet of cargo, which is competitive with other small sedans’ trunks. The Rio hatchback holds 49.8 cubic feet of cargo with the seats folded, which is more than what most rival hatchbacks can hold. Standard features include a USB port, an auxiliary input and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Available features include Kia’s voice-activated UVO infotainment system, a rearview camera, navigation, Bluetooth, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Audio and climate controls are conveniently placed and simple to operate, auto critics said, and they praised the Rio’s generous list of available features.

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Test drivers were impressed with the 2013 Ford Fiesta’s sharp handling and said its agility makes it fun to drive, especially on curvy roads. At the same time, it has a composed and comfortable ride, they said. The Fiesta has a stylish interior with upscale materials, reviewers noted.

The 2013 Fiat 500 is easy to maneuver in the city thanks to a tight turning radius, reviewers said. FIAT launched a new turbocharged 500 for 2013 and test drivers said it’s speedy from a stop. They also praised its interior, saying that a retro design gives it a fun flair.

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