Kia Rio enthusiasts have been waiting and waiting, and their baby has finally arrived—the 2013 Kia Rio 5-door SX M/T. Up until now, the Rio hasn’t had a 5-door option, and it was clear that irked some drivers eager to own a Rio but didn’t want the 3-door. The 5-door Rio SX is coming in limited quantities and is priced at $17,900. It is offered with a 6-speed manual transmission, satisfying enthusiast drivers' desire for manual gear changes. The 5-door Kia Rio SX will be great for drivers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort for the more integrated experience. Kia is initially only producing at most 500 SX models, so if anyone is interested, it’d be a good idea to get in line as soon as possible. Because the Rio SX is a limited edition, it will only be available in Signal Red and Electronic Blue.
The 2013 Kia Rio SX is racing to dealerships with a 138 horsepower, 4-cyllinder double-overhead cam gasoline direct-injection engine. As well, the engine is host to Continuously Variable Valve Timing, and it boasts a fuel-efficiency rating of 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. It comes with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, rearview camera, steering wheel audio controls, and Bluetooth. As well, it has a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system with SiriusXM radio and Traffic system. It also features a pushbutton start with the Smart Key.
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The sporty Rio 5-door SX is based on Kia’s B-Spec racing model. Kia is trying to offer the same sporty and dynamic feel from the racing model to the street model. For those drivers who are interested in transforming the Rio SX completely into the B-spec model, Kia is offering a B-spec performance kit from Kinetic Motorsports, Kia's racing partner. The kit costs $14,000, but will take your Rio to a new level of intensity. Included in this kit are a pre-cut roll cage, racing seat, quick-release steering wheel, racing harness, race shocks, lightweight wheels, spec-series tires, oil sump pan expansion kit and instructions on how to put it together.
The 2013 5-door Rio SX with 6-speed manual transmission is arriving in limited quantities, so don’t wait to go to the nearest Kia dealership if you're interested.
Read autoMedia.com's review of the 2012 Kia Rio Sedan and 5-Door here.