When I think back to what summer meant to me as a kid, I remember it being hot and I remember being stuck in the backseat of my family’s old Oldsmobile that was as old as I was for many…many trips. Now that I have a family of my own, I also take my family on mini getaways by car too. It’s important to me on these daycation drives that I can get around with minimum gas useage and comfort for us all. Enter- the Kia Rio.
The 2012 Kia Rio is a hatchback car (also available in a sedan version), and while you may not think hatchback + family go together well… you would be mistaken. Inside the car was roomy enough to make those long drives comfortable for my daughter and my 6’3 husband. So we could do something like…head to a beach…
…in comfort and ease. The Rio was not equipped with as many bells and whistles as the previous Kia models I have driven. However, that didn’t mean it was lacking at all. This model had an iPod-compatible stereo, automatic headlights, a sunroof, and a rear-view camera.
Believe me, you may not think you need the extras, but then you spend some time in this:
…and you need a little extra luxury to get through it, which the Rio definitely let me do. The Rio is economical and fun, but it is also efficient, reliable and a great way to get around town. It has a gas eco mode, which, if you are good at following your speed limits, can take you to 40 mpg. The look of the Rio is super sleek, modern and smooth and I found a lot of people turning their heads to check it out while I was in Beverly Hills surrounded by cars the costs quadruple it’s cost (starts at $13,000!)
When a car can take me through this traffic ridden city to places that will give my family memories of a lifetime, I know it’s a car that will become part of a great memory. This summer, the Kia Rio is my choice to make my family’s summer memories last a lifetime.