At one time in the automotive market, the Kia Rio was the cheapest vehicle you could buy. Cheap and cheerful was the best way to describe that vehicle because in all other aspects, it wasn’t very good. But the 2013 Rio sedan shows that a cheap and ugly vehicle can undergo a massive transformation.

Lets start with the looks. The Rio sedan looks very much like the larger Optima sedan in certain aspects, especially in the front. You can thank Kia’s chief designer Peter Schreyer and his team for the magic they worked on it. Inside, the Rio comes well appointed with cloth seats that offer six-way adjustments, air conditioning, trip computer, front and side curtain air bags, and USB and aux jacks. You can option up a Rio to include Kia’s UVO infotainment system, navigation, heated leather seats, sunroof, backup camera, and much more.

Powering the Rio sedan is a direct-injected 1.6L inline-four engine producing 138 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. You can get a six-speed manual on the base model, while a six-speed automatic is optional on the base model and standard on higher trim models. Fuel economy for the Rio sedan stands at,

  • Six-Speed Manual: 29 City/37 Highway/32 Combined
  • Six-Speed Automatic: 28 City/36 Highway/31 Combined

A 2013 Kia Rio sedan will set you back $13,600 for the base LX with a six-speed manual sedan. That rises to $17,700 for a  SX sedan. Competitors to the 2013 Kia Rio sedan include the Chevrolet Sonic sedan, Ford Fiesta sedan, and Nissan Versa sedan.