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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
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The back-up camera that showed what was behind as I backed up was helpful, but it was part of a $1,000 optional convenience package on the EX.
Rear visibility is somewhat compromised by a thick C-pillar and a high rear trunk, but the rear camera featured on our test vehicle helped us cope with the consequences.
The 2013 Kia Rio doesn't have a complete set of safety scores under its belt--still, after a full year on sale. However, in those reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Rio can show improvement over the past--with a caveat. The NHTSA gives the latest Rio a four-star rating overall, but notes more door intrusion than it normally sees in its testing, something it also noted with the Ford Fiesta.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), meanwhile, has not yet crash-tested the new Rio. We'll update this rating as soon as official data is released.
Otherwise, the Rio improves its protection for passengers with more standard and optional safety gear. The usual dual front, side, and curtain airbags are standard, as are anti-lock brakes and stability control, as well as hill-start assist.
Bluetooth is available, and also a feature we recommend for safer driving. A rearview camera is an option--and recommended, since the five-door Rio has some notable blind spots at the rear pillars.
Safety scores are good, and the Rio has options for a rearview camera and Bluetooth.