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New Rio 5 is *all* new by Ignatz Horowitz on 11/01/2011. Trim: 2012 Kia Rio LX 5-Door, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Looks, the 6-speed stick, handling, fuel efficiency
Cons: Seats are a bit hard, visibility through rear window could be better
Overall review: Kia has completely redesigned the Rio 5 hatchback...it's longer, lower, and wider than previous models, with a new 1.6L GDI engine producing 138 horses, mated to a 6-speed mtx. The interior fit and finish is nice; new toggle switches control A/C and circulation functions; the audio system blends in nicely with the dash. The seats are a bit hard for my liking, and the rear window is narrow, restricting visibility somewhat. Kia stiffened the suspension (very little body roll), improving handling while keeping the ride smooth, and four wheel discs provide adequate stopping power. A multi-function digital display shows odo, A/B trip, time, mpg average, and real-time mpg. I love the electric power steering. Easy in town, at slow speeds, gradually stiffening at higher speeds. Outside, the entire look of the car is vastly improved from last year's Rio. Totally redesigned, with new lights and grillwork. The new Rio 5 should give the competition more than a run for its money. (Reposted)
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Ideal for quick around town errands. by Big O from Dallas on 03/11/2012. Trim: 2012 Kia Rio EX 5-Door, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I really like quick response and acceleration.
Cons: The small fuel tank is its worst attribute . The gas tank is only 11 gallons and therefore it makes you think it not that efficient. However 3 gallons is more than a quarter tank and I have been averaging around 29.5 miles per gallon in the city.
Overall review: I have only owned the vehicle for a month so I will hold off final judgement until later but right now I am very satisfied.
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A sub-compact I actually wanted. by Dalt on 08/10/2012. Trim: 2012 Kia Rio EX, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Style, Fuel Efficiency, Size, Standard Features, Warranty, Quality of Materials
Cons: Acceleration and Power (SOMETIMES)
Overall review: One word describes the '12 Rio - Wow! This car redefines the sub-compact and takes it from a car people settle for to a car people want. The EPA estimated fuel efficiency is one of the best in its class with the exception of hybrids. The interior is surprisingly spacious. The power is adequate, enough to zip around town and get up and go on the highway. The automatic 6-speed transmission is smooth but sometimes feels 'jerky' in lower gears. The quality of the materials and standard equipment give a feel only found in much more expensive vehicles. The entertainment system has six powerful speakers, a user friendly display and very handy steering wheel mounted controls. The Bluetooth hands free works seamlessly. My only gripe about the inside is that one of the finishes around the dash scratches easily. The headroom and legroom is great upfront and surprisingly adequate in the rear. The trunk is another 'huge' surprise. Lastly, you can't go wrong with the warranty.
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Great car for the money. by Mark - Illinois on 07/07/2012. Trim: 2012 Kia Rio EX, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Warranty, fuel mileage, handeling, styling.
Cons: Small fuel tank, stiff seats, road noise.
Overall review: Base model w/ auto trans. Fuel mileage is good, but weight is a big factor. Took three 400 mile trips. With just me I got 44.1mpg@70mph. Me and 1 other: 38.9@70-80 mph. Me and 3 others: 34.6@70-75mph (all calculated, not computer which showed about 2mpg better than actual) The sweet spot for mpg is 65mph for me. Small fuel tank makes you think you are getting worse mileage than you are, seems like you are always filling it (but it doesn't cost much). Handeling is great. Acceleration is more than acceptable for this type of car. Road noise seems excessive. Seats are a bit stiff for my liking. The passenger seat doesn't have a height adjustment (on mine anyway), making you feel like you are in a hole. Stereo is very good once you adjust the settings (which is hard to figure out). Wish it had a water temp gauge (even on the computer). Wish it had a spare, not the fix-a-flat w/compressor. Easy to work on. All in all best value for the $ out there, especially considering the warranty.
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Sometimes you win sometimes you lose by Blade from Detroit on 04/12/2012. Trim: 2012 Kia Rio SX 5-Door, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Great car overall but the 30 city and 40 hwy aint goin to happen.
Cons: With a full tank until its empty it will give you 172 miles per tank full to empty. That's very poor for a car like that , that is supposed to give you 30 or 40 , don't comes near to that , don't even get to the 29 range.
Overall review: Nice car outside and inside and have a lot of gadgets inside the car. But they don't tell the truth about the numbers of mpg you make your choice and live with it.
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