2013 Kia Rio SX Hatchback Gets Limited Run Stick Shift

2013 Kia Rio SX Hatchback Gets Limited Run Stick Shift

Kia has decided to produce a limited production run of 2013 Rio SX hatchback models equipped with six-speed manual transmissions, undoubtedly responding to the demands made by consumer interest.

Up until now, the Korean automaker has only offered a manual transmission in its base LX model, but is now considering bringing other high-spec models to market with manual transmission options. Standard on the 2013 Kia Rio SX manual hatchback will be push-button start, touchscreen navigation, rear-backup camera, 17-inch wheels, sport suspension, LED daytime running lights, satellite radio, and black cloth interior.

The no-frills LX model comes with smaller 16-inch wheels, four-speaker stereo and even lacks things such as cruise control, power windows and door locks, and a telescopic steering wheel. Talk about bare bones.

The bad news? Kia only plans on building less than 500 manual-equipped SX models, so act fast if you’re interested. The starting MSRP will be $18,650 including a $750 destination charge and nets you a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder with 138-hp while getting 30-mpg in the city and 40-mpg on the highway.

Read AutoGuide’s 2013 Kia Rio SX review here. 

GALLERY: 2013 Kia Rio SX Hatchback


  • Musicman

    I picked-up my 2013 Rio5 SX MT last Friday. On my morning commute (60 highway/20 local roads;80 miles total) frequent highway speeds ~75 mph with a lot of stop and go on the local roads. Final computer reading for fuel use  for this trip…Average MPG = 42!! This car is a blast to drive!

  • Mrguy

    Wake up. Your allegations are just that. The Kia Rio Lx isn’t the bare bones car, besides it actually comes with power locks and windows. Checked with my dealer and you guys are waaaaay off! I check this site to see alleged reviews and I doubt anyone there has even driven most of the cars they allegedly review. Try printing some facts so that you actually have facts to present and not something copied from another review that isn’t accurate.