The lion's share of our time in the 2013 Kia Rio was spent stretching its legs on long highway expanses. We were impressed not only by the Rio's stable ride,...
quiet cabin and direct steering, but by the willingness of its little 1.6-liter engine. With 134 horsepower on tap, the eager 4-cylinder provided more than enough power for passing slower trucks
, although most of the power can be felt in the higher-rpm range. Kia says it benchmarked Ford's Fiesta when tuning the Rio's suspension. While we found the Rio to be agile and confident in the turns, we wouldn't equate it to the same athletic feel as the Ford Fiesta or Mazda Mazda2
. As for comfort, we found the Rio's seats to be fairly supportive, and only minimal road noise could be detected inside the cabin.