Kia Rio SX Review: Small Yet Powerful

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Kia Rio
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Who says good things don’t come in small packages. The 2013 Kia Rio SX I reviewed on my Orlando trip may be on the small side when it comes to vehicles but it packs quite a powerful punch! Both in features and on the busy roads of Orlando

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Check out some of the options that were included in the Kia Rio SX I reviewed:

  • leather seats
  • fold in side mirrors
  • cruise control
  • rear camera display
  • anti-lock brake system
  • power windows and locks
  • remote keyless entry & push button start
  • SIRIUS satellite radio
  • USB & auxiliary input jacks
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Heated seats
  • 28/36 mpg fuel usage
  • A TON MORE!!

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My normal daily vehicle is a mini-van so going from that monster this was a bit worrisome. Worried I needed not be, because the Rio was so welcoming and rode so much smoother than my mini-van I found myself quickly preferring it. My husband is a big guy so I was a little concerned about how he would fit, but he fit fine in the Rio. I do want to note that it was perfect while it was just the two of us, but would not have worked if we had had the entire family (5). I don’t think my teen would have comfortably fit behind either of our seats but should we have been a family of 4 with small kiddos, it would be great.

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Some of my favorite features from the above mentioned were:

  • Fold in side mirrors. These were great when I needed to park in tight spaces, between to big vehicles. I loved this feature. Though, make sure you aren’t like me the first time you drive it and forget to put them back out.
  • Rear camera display. This was amazing to use when backing up. I loved that I could see behind me right on the screen.
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology. Not only could I use my phone through the speakers but I could stream my music.
  • Heated Seats. These came in very handy, quite a few mornings it was very chilly and the heated seats warmed us right up. Not to mentioned eased some lower back pain after a long day of walking.

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The Kia Rio SX really moved well in traffic and because of it’s small size I was able to get in and out of traffic much easier than I would have had I been in my mini-van. Cruise control made it easy to set a speed and stick to it so no worries of speeding! As I said, the Kia Rio SX packs quite a punch to be such a small car. It’s definitely one I would consider if we were a smaller family or when the kids grow up and need their own cars.  Starting at $13,800, and going up depending on what extras you add, this little car shouldn’t break the bank!

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Next up will be another Kia review but one that is a bit bigger and I can’t wait to share it with you. You will have to wait until next week to find out which one I reviewed during my second week in Orlando!

Have you ever owned or driven a Kia Rio SX?

**Disclosure: I received a vehicle for review via Kia Motors and driveSTI. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Toni is a professional lifestyle blogger living on the sunny Florida Gulf Coast. She has a passion for Disney, Travel, Fashion, Cooking, Tech, Family Fun Ideas, Reviews, Giveaways and loves being able to share that with her readers!

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  1. 1

    Such a nice car!

  2. 2

    This car is so cute. I really like Kia’s

  3. 3

    I always went with small vehicles until I had my daughter. Now between her & needing to haul things I need an SUV.

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