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So I picked up a 2013 Kia Rio a week ago Saturday. It's a 6sp., manual trans, hatchback. All and all I love the handling, a much sportier and smoother ride than my old 2007 Versa HB. It's the LX+ trim, so I got many of the little luxuries that I'm still a bit taken a back with, since the price would not indicate the amount of “perks” you get. So far I'm very happy. However...like many posts I've read, the gas mileage is not as good as I hoped. I pretty much exclusively have been city driving. Constant start and stops, very little highway. This will generally be my driving experience, as it has been for years. . I have put on 410kms since delivery and had to fill the tank already! I'm getting about 8.7/100kms at best. It is an improvement over my Versa, but the Versa sucked worse than my 96 Mazda protoge. So basically, I'm NOT impressed. I'm following the gear change notice on the dash (which I think is too geared too low), but still I figured I would try the recommended shifting. This is the best I get? Yeah, I know there can be some improvement in mileage over time (even my Versa improved a bit after a few thousand Kms), However, it's disappointing. I've been driving standard cars for over 20 years and have only ever standard cars, and either I suck, or there is something wrong with the car, or it simply does not perform as promised.

Still, I love it. It's such a better ride than my Versa.

Pros
good handling
Smooth ride
great amenities
The styling is the best in its class (my opinion)
peppy (when you get the gear ratio just right)

Cons
Gas mileage
terrible sounding stereo
passager seat is SO damn low it's ridiculous
 

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So I picked up a 2013 Kia Rio a week ago Saturday. It's a 6sp., manual trans, hatchback. All and all I love the handling, a much sportier and smoother ride than my old 2007 Versa HB. It's the LX+ trim, so I got many of the little luxuries that I'm still a bit taken a back with, since the price would not indicate the amount of “perks” you get. So far I'm very happy. However...like many posts I've read, the gas mileage is not as good as I hoped. I pretty much exclusively have been city driving. Constant start and stops, very little highway. This will generally be my driving experience, as it has been for years. . I have put on 410kms since delivery and had to fill the tank already! I'm getting about 8.7/100kms at best. It is an improvement over my Versa, but the Versa sucked worse than my 96 Mazda protoge. So basically, I'm NOT impressed. I'm following the gear change notice on the dash (which I think is too geared too low), but still I figured I would try the recommended shifting. This is the best I get? Yeah, I know there can be some improvement in mileage over time (even my Versa improved a bit after a few thousand Kms), However, it's disappointing. I've been driving standard cars for over 20 years and have only ever standard cars, and either I suck, or there is something wrong with the car, or it simply does not perform as promised.

Still, I love it. It's such a better ride than my Versa.

Pros
good handling
Smooth ride
great amenities
The styling is the best in its class (my opinion)
peppy (when you get the gear ratio just right)

Cons
Gas mileage
terrible sounding stereo
passager seat is SO damn low it's ridiculous
A nice summary. I have the Lx+ as well and really think we got a lot for the money. You are not alone on the fuel economy thing - many are not happy. It will get somewhat better thou...


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It my understanding the auto's get better fuel economy, because of different gearing.
 

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Yeah, 2013. They couldn't get me the 2012 as the trim model and colour were not available on the day I needed it. They were just starting to get the 2013's so I got one. No difference to the 2012. Ouside that the manual says "2013", it's exactly the same as the 2012.
 

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KIA for some reason releases 2013 models earlier than other manufactures. Trust me..I don't get it either. My RIO was built 3-12 2012. It is considered a 2012. Some where around that time, they decided to call them 2013's. You have Optomas built two weeks ago in May that are 2012's, that are actually newer than some of the 2013 RIO's.:rolleyes:

We started building the Optoma 2013s just with in the last two weeks at the Georgia plant.
South Korean plants started slapping 2013 on their cars back in March of this year.
 

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In Oct '12 we got a 2013 5door EX Auto.
Agree - that's a great summary tconn101. Sure - it won't win the standing 1/4 mile, but that's not what we bought it for - we're retired and its for local shopping and jaunts across town . . . and with that sort of driving a tankfull averages out at 29 mpg. Not what was advertised, but - better than the 16 mpg from the 21 yr old Jeep the Rio replaces! Plus the cash back from Rio mileage program is a welcome bonus.It probably helps that I like the cruise control - the computer has a very gentle right foot!
We love the interior space & details (tilt/telescope wheel, fully adjustable driver seat, rear view camera, etc) - those were real selling points - but yes, the front passenger seat could be higher.
Ours was the dealer demo - so it came w/ bells & whistles - the convenience package, the spiffy mirror w/garage door opener buttons & compass and the Idle Stop&Go - and that's the subject of another post. I cannot decide if I love ISG or hate it.
Overall we really enjoy our Rio and, so far, very good value for money.
 

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2012-2012 Kia Rio5 Poor Gas Mileage (will remain) Poor

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this nonsense that your 2012-2013 Kia Rio or Rio5`s Fuel Economy will improve with increased mileage is a lie, period. My 2012 Kia Rio5 is 18 months old and has just over 12K driven and its still delivers terrible Fuel Economy. My 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback with the same size 1.6 ltr. 4 cyl engine (without) GDI has delivered 33-35 mpg city and 41-43 mpg highway since the day I drove it home from the Dealership. This is my 4th Hyundai/Kia Vehicle and the one that has produced the most disappointing Fuel Economy. Another gripe. Canadian Kia Rio`s do cost a bit more then their US Spec counterparts (BUT) they contain so much more Content. Even the Canadian (Base) LX and LX+ Models get an Armrest and Fog Lights. US Spec Kia`s get the Armrest with the EX Model Upgrade but the Fog Lamps only go to the top of the line Model SX! No DRL`s on US Spec Kia`s either. Only LED DRL`s on SX Model. What would the extra cost be to have included regular DRL`s on all US Spec Kia Rio`s?
 
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