We recently spent a fun girls weekend in Sandusky, Ohio, just a couple of hours away from home. After two full days of fun mother/ daughter activities, that “just a couple of hours” driving home, can feel like a lifetime. Trust me, I’ve made that drive several times over the years, and have complained pretty much the entire way. Well, not this time! Not while driving the fun Kia Rio!
When I heard the Kia Rio is categorized as a “compact” car, I was a bit worried. Knowing we were going to be spending hours on the snow covered road, and traveling to and from a few events over the weekend. Four girls in a small car, that might not work! As soon as the car was delivered, my worries were laid to rest. This so called “compact” car is surprisingly spacious inside, and packs a ton of fun!
Comfortable in the front and the back. The Rio is loaded with plenty of foot room, a deep console for storage, side door cup holders, even fold down seats if needed. It helps that the Kia Rio has a huge, deep trunk. It held all of our bags, and then some.
- The easy to use Navigation System
- Keyless Entry
- USB and Auxiliary Input Jacks
- Heated mirrors and Heated Seats
- Fold in side mirrors
- Hands free dash
Safety: Kia is keeping us and our precious cargo safe. The Rio is equipped with dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat airbags, and full length curtain airbags.
Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard on the Rio, as is a Hill Start Assist Control system to avoid rolling back on uphill starts.
Affordability: The 2013 Kia Rio starts at just $13k!
- It’s Fuel Economy & Greenhouse Gas Rating is 8/10
- 85% of the Rio’s materials are recyclable
- The seat foam consist of 100% biodegradable and non-toxic castor oil which benefits the environment numerous ways, including reduced use of petroleum based products.
- The castor oil comes from palnts, this material is a completely renewable energy resource.
- Save $3100 in fuel cost over 5 years.
I felt this car fit me like a glove! Between the awesome fuel economy and the power this zippy car has, makes it my favorite Kia that I’ve reviewed so far. Another surprise, since it is also the most affordable. I have to mention that I LOVED the hands-free dash!
This guy on the steering wheel was quick to become my best friend. I still miss him in the mornings on my way to work.
With a price with-in my reach, I can easily see myself driving a Kia Rio again someday.
Disclosure: I was delivered a 2013 Kia Rio to drive for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. The opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced in any way to write a positive review by Kia . I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.