2012 Kia Rio

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The 2012 Kia Rio and Rio 5-door hatchback receive a redesign, with their own take on Kia's signature grille; highly sculpted, sloping shoulder lines and wedge-shaped exteriors; and the more aggressive look of other Kia models such as the Optima ...
The 2012 Kia Rio and Rio 5-door hatchback receive a redesign, with their own take on Kia's signature grille; highly sculpted, sloping shoulder lines and wedge-shaped exteriors; and the more aggressive look of other Kia models such as the Optima and Sportage. The 2012 Rio is longer, lower and wider, and uses high-tensile steel for improved handling and ride quality. Rio models get Kia's new gasoline-direct injection 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, which develops 138 horsepower while maintaining a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway, and is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. Interior improvements include greater passenger room and cargo space and components that are recyclable and biodegradable. Standard audio includes an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service and auxiliary and USB audio input jacks.
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Quick Facts
  • Engine: 138 horsepower
  • Seating: 5 passengers
  • Driving Range: 319 - 422 miles
  • Drive: Front-Wheel Drive
  • Cargo Capacity: 13.7 - 15 cu. ft.
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2012 Kia Rio Sedan
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  • Styling9.8
  • Performance8.8
  • Interior8.4
  • Quality9.5
  • Recommendation9.6
Owner
  • Styling10
  • Performance9.0
  • Interior8.0
  • Quality10
  • Recommendation10
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.
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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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