Restyled for 2012, the Kia Rio is a FWD subcompact sedan powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a standard 6-speed manual and an optional 6-speed automatic transmission, both of which enable the Rio to achieve an EPA estimated 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. Features include 17-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, dual exhaust tips, rear-camera display, push button start, navigation, leather seat trim, hands-free phone capabilities, and heated front seats. Safety is comprised of advanced front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-lock braking, electronic stability control, and tire pressure monitoring. The Rio is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Kia Rio has been completely redesigned for 2012, with somewhat larger dimensions yet an all-new body structure that promises better crash protection without added heft. A new direct-injection engine and two new 6-speed transmissions help make tremendous gas-mileage gains as well, and all-new exterior and interior styling bring the Rio's look up to par with the larger Forte and Optima models.
Excellent gas mileage; innovative Idle Stop and Go; improved safety; smooth, refined engines and transmissions; maneuverability; comfortable interior; value for the money
Better fuel economy yet more power (versus last year) are probably two of the central points that will ring relevant to those cross-shopping the Rio against any of the competition. In addition to being one of the lowest-priced cars in the U.S. market, 2012 Rio is the first vehicle that's not either a hybrid or luxury model to feature fuel-saving engine start/stop technology, which momentarily shuts the engine off at stoplights. Also of interest to those looking to make a green vehicle choice, Kia notes that 85 percent of the Rio's materials are recyclable at the end of the vehicle's lifespan, and seat foams are 100-percent biodegradable. The Rio's improved design, inside and out; its stronger body structure and enhanced safety; and its smooth new direct-injection engine and six-speed transmissions are all other very good reasons to consider the Rio, in this crowded class that includes the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda2, Honda Fit, and Toyota Yaris among others.