2013 Kia Rio User Reviews
- $13,600 - $17,700
- No trim specified for this review
- Fuel Economy, Attractive, Intuitive Dash and Controls, Roomy Front Seating, Rear View Camera
- I wish there was power seating, and an electronic/motorized trunk release solenoid
Purchased As New
First off, this car was bought primarily for my wife who has to traverse 50 miles round trip each day on the highway (I on the other hand take the city bus system). We wanted a car to replace our dying Oldsmobile from 10+ years ago, while also supporting a quality driving experience for everything including shopping runs, day commute, and interstate traveling (for family events).
On top of that we had requirements. We wanted a fuel efficient car (we're newly married and not wealthy), a cute car (for her) but not too cute (for me), and a car that was comfortable. I'm 6' 225 lbs, while my wife is considerably smaller, it was important that we find a car that fit both of us.
When we set eyes on the Rio it looked sharp and (to my wife) cute. I was initially afraid that it would be too good to be true, fitting within the pocket book and looking good from the outside, but having a really cramped interior. We tested the Ford Fiesta earlier and while it fit the pocket book and looked nice on the outside it was horribly cramped.
When we got in to the Rio (I was driving), I was blown away by the leg room for the driver and the sliding armrest in the center for the vehicle. On the next topic, it may seem trivial, but when we got into the Rio, I immediately noted the armrest was there. My left arm always rests on the center armrest, that’s just how I drive. Basically, the Rio is a comfortable vehicle for me.
When my wife got to drive, she had no problem with the arm rest (she thinks I’m nutzs) and was as comfortable as in the Versa. However, she really loved the rear view camera. The Rio has a high lower-limit of the rear window, i.e. you can’t see anything that is directly behind you. For my wife, who is short (which I mention with permission), hates when she can’t see below the horizon in the back window, which is where the camera comes in. When you put the car in reverse, the display in the center console turns to camera mode and you see everything that is directly behind you. Anyways, she loved it and I appreciate it for giving us the added sense of security that we are not running over a little child or something else’s. It is also nice in a pinch when you’re parallel parking.
The dash and console controls are simple and intuitive. If a person drives the Rio for the first time, just by sight they know what and where the controls are.
The last and most important point is that it has phenomenal MPG for an entirely gas engine. So the Kia Rio eco is rated at 31 (city), 40 (highway) and 34 (combined). For us, those numbers have been an underestimate. First off, we use a top grade fuel for our vehicles. Having worked on farms and seeing engines run more or less efficiently on different qualities of fuel, I know that it is important to put good quality fuel in the engine because even though it’s a couple cents more it will increase your MPG. We use BP, because it is known in the area as quality fuel and it has prevalent markets in all the locales where we would travel to and from. Second, we try to drive conservatively, just for fun to see the AVG MPG stay above 40. Anyways, at the end of the week we see an average MPG of 38 or more. When I drive conservatively with slow acceleration with a max cruising speed of 50 MPH (that is what I have found to be optimal) I can get anywhere from 42 MPG to 50 MPG. Those number may seem unrealistic, but those are the number my dash is throwing at me. What brings down the number after that is inner-city driving, although hearing/feeling the engine cut-out at a stop light with the Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system certainly helps our MPG. Basically, after calculating the numbers by going from the Oldsmobile to the Kia Rio we have moved our MPD (when gas is 3.69/gal) from 5.69 to 10.30 (higher is better). Those numbers are beautiful and over the long run will save us a lot.
Good luck in car hunting,
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