The Rio is offered in LX, EX, and SX trim levels. Power comes from a 138-hp 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the LX, and optional on the SX hatchback. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode is standard on the EX and SX trims, and offered on the LX. Available unique features include a push button ignition, power folding exterior mirrors, heated seats, idle stop and go (ISG), rearview camera, UVO audio infotainment system, heated steering wheel, power sunroof, projection headlights, and LED taillights. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control with brake and hill start assist, and traction control.
Redesigned the previous model year, the 2013 Kia Rio continues with a slight change, the SX trim now receives standard steering wheel paddle shifters, and optional manual transmission on the 5-door hatchback.