Car Review: 2013 KIA Rio Eco

By Shannon Gurnee
In Car Review
October 29, 2013

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As a blogger, I have the awesome opportunity to test-drive and write about my experience with various cars and brands.  I love it and so does my family!  Most recently, I test-drove a 2013 KIA Rio Eco.  If you’re looking for a car that gets good mileage and is affordable at a new price, you’ll want to definitely check out the KIA Rio Eco.

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I liked the fuel economy on the KIA Rio Eco (32 MPG combined city/highway and 35 mpg on the highway).  It wasn’t as comfortable and luxurious as the KIA Sorento or KIA Soul, but it did get really good mileage and could fit a family of 5 comfortably!  The KIA Rio Eco had SIRIUS Satellite Radio, as well as easy-to-access Radio and Bluetooth controls were located on the steering wheel.  The car also had air conditioning and power windows that the driver could lock or unlock (always a plus, especially with children).   I also like that the car had Keyless Entry and a Rear Camera Display.

Here are some of the other features of the KIA Rio Eco:

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–       1.5L Gas Direct Injection (GDI) 4-cyl Engine

–       6-Speed Automatic Transmission w/ Active Eco System

–       Electric Power Steering

–       15” Steel Wheels with Wheel Covers

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–       Dual Front Advanced Airbags

–       Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags

–       Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags

–       3-Point Seatbelts for All Seating Positions

–       Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)

–       Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

–       Traction Control System (TCS)

–       Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

–       Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

–       Hill Assist Control (HAC)

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–       Air Conditions

–       Power Windows and Door Locks

–       AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System

–       SIRIUS Satellite Radio w/ free 3-mo subscription

–       USB & Auxiliary Input Jacks


–       Multi-Adjustable Driver’s Seat

–       60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats

–       Remote Keyless Entry

–       Cruise Control

–       Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column

–       Steering Wheel Controls (Bluetooth/Audio/Cruise)

–       Trip Computer

–       Metal-Finish Interior Trim

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–       Body Color Power Heated Outside Mirrors

–       Body Color Door Handles

–       Variable Intermittent Front Wipes

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–       Carpeted Floor Mats

–       EC Mirror w/ Compass & Homelink

Convenience Package

–       Alloy Wheels

–       Front Fog Lights

–       Auto-On / Off Headlights

–       Outside Mirrors w/ Turn Signal Indicators

–       Power Folding Outside Mirrors

–       UVO Powered by Microsoft

–       Rear Camera Display

–       Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel / Gearshift Knob

–       Illuminated Vanity Mirrors

–       Dual Map Lights

–       Soft Touch Dash

Economy Package

–       Idle Stop and Go System (ISG)

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You can become the owner of a KIA Rio Eco at your local KIA dealership.  The vehicle retails for $19,265 brand new.

What is your favorite KIA Vehicle?
What are your favorite features of the KIA Rio Eco?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

4 Responses to “Car Review: 2013 KIA Rio Eco”

  1. I love my KIA Soul and wish I had the opportunity to test drive that RIO. I believe that KIA is a great car for the money!

  2. Julie Wood says:

    They are making Kia’s to look so nice! I like that this car has a 6 speed automatic transmisson. I am never going to drive with a manual transmission again. I like the pretty silver color and that it has 4 doors!

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      Julie – I totally agree with you. KIAs today and way different than I remember years ago. I love having the opportunity to check them out and share with you on The Mommy-Files.

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