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2014 KIA Rio

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The 2014 Kia Rio is a great small car for bouts around town, commuting or even a short vacation trip. My family recently cruised in the Rio up to Terrenea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, along the California coast, for a weekend getaway. The shore-side route was beautifully picturesque, and for the 50-minute drive from our home in Los Angeles, the Rio was the perfect size for the ride -- roomy enough for me and my family to pack along a few carry-on-sized luggage and a cooler for drinks and snacks along the way.

Two of the best things about the a car this size is that it is a breeze to park, and its is nimble and easy to handle, especially around some of the curvy cliff roads we took as a scenic detour on the way to Terrenea. As there are a few options for getting there, we were glad to have the navigation keep us on track so that we could look around a bit rather than stress out trying to figure out which roads to turn onto.

Priced at $13,900 to $21,340, this mighty subcompact has an unbelievable package of standard features and an amazing premium package for a car in this price class. Standard features include Bluetooth and UVO infotainment system with satellite radio (subscription required).

Options include navigation system with Sirius traffic, heated power mirrors, split folding rear seats, cruise control, rear camera display, full-length side airbags, tilt and slide sunroof, and a compass and HomeLink to dim the glare reflecting lights in the rear-view mirror.

The Rio was not too shabby on gas either -- at 33 mpg to 40 on the highway, and it comes with the very attractive Kia 10-year-10,000-miles warranty.

The round trip to Terrenea was under a hundred miles, but in this sweet little car we almost wished it was a longer drive.

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