Kia to built a limited run of 2013 Rio SX models with manual transmissions

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 11, 2012

In response to customers’ demands, Kia has made the decision to build 2013 Rio SX hatchback models with a limited production run. Best of all, it features six-speed manual transmissions for the first time ever. Previously, Kia has only had a manual transmission available in its base LX model. However, it is now thinking about offering other high-spec models that have manual transmission options.

The 2013 Kia Rio SX manual hatchback offers the following as standard equipment: push-button start, touchscreen navigation, rear-backup camera, a set of 17-inch wheels, sport suspension, LED daytime running lights, satellite radio, and black cloth interior.

The LX model is very basic and is equipped with smaller 16-inch wheels, four-speaker stereo and doesn’t have items like cruise control, power windows and door locks, and a telescopic steering wheel.

Kia would only be building fewer than 500 manual-equipped SX models so if you want one, buy it quickly. It has a starting MSRP of $18,650, which includes a $750 destination charge. For this price, the buyer gets a vehicle powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder with 138-hp that could return 30-mpg in the city and 40-mpg on the highway.

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