2012 Kia Rio  -  $14,150


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $14,150
Base Invoice: $13,895
Destination Charge: $750
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 32 | City: 29 | Hwy: 37
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Engine: 1.6L DOHC GDI dual CVVT 16-valve I4 engine

Pros

Excellent gas mileage; innovative Idle Stop and Go; improved safety; smooth, refined engines and transmissions; maneuverability; comfortable interior; value for the money


Model News

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.


Model Highlights

The all-new 2012 Kia Rio comes in sedan or 5-door hatchback body styles and is offered in three different trim levels: LX, EX and SX. Regardless of the model, all Rios are powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine. LX models come with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, while the other two trims only get the automatic. Although the system makes little difference in the official EPA ratings, those who commute in stop-and-go conditions might notice an improvement of several miles per gallon.

The Rio's direct-injected engine is one of the more efficient engines its size, returning fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg city, 37 highway with the manual transmission, and beginning later in the model year, all Rio models will also come with Idle Stop and Go Technology--Kia's version of an engine start/stop system that will automatically stop the engine at stoplights, when your foot is on the brake, and restart it right as you lift off to accelerate away.

A new lightweight structure uses more high-strength steel, while the Rio's suspension--MacPherson struts in front, with a stabilizer bar and a torsion-beam setup in back--is configured a good combination of nimble around-town handling and good passenger comfort. SX models get a somewhat stiffer, sportier calibration.

Overall, there's no significant difference in seating space between the Rio sedan and hatchback models. However the sedan is about a foot longer, bringing an especially roomy trunk. But with their split-folding rear seatbacks, which free up a vast cargo hold when down, hatchback models are arguably a bit more versatile.

All 2012 Rio models come with six standard airbags, including front seat-mounted bags plus full-length side-curtain bags. Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard on the Rio, as is a Hill Start Assist Control system to avoid rolling back on uphill starts.

Rio LX models include steering-wheel audio controls, a trip computer, split-folding rear seatbacks, and a driver's seat that's height-adjustable. EX models add a host of popular features including a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity with voice commands, power windows, and upgraded trims. A Power Package is available on the LX, adding power windows and keyless entry, while a Convenience Package for the EX adds alloy wheels, and the UVO voice-activated, touch-screen infotainment system.

At the top of the model line, the Rio SX comes with power-folding outside mirrors, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear camera system, and Kia's UVO voice-activated infotainment system; plus the SX is dressed up with metal pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an upgraded instrument cluster, LED front running lights and LED taillights.


Value Writeup

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.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7

EPA Classification
Compact

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
37 MPG

Cruising Range - City
330.60 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
29 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
32 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
421.80 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4

Displacement
1.6L/97

Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
123 @ 4850

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.76

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.70

Clutch Size
8.2 in

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.83

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110

Total Cooling System Capacity
6.3 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
88.4 ft³

Front Head Room
40.0 in

Front Leg Room
43.8 in

Front Shoulder Room
53.1 in

Front Hip Room
52.1 in

Second Head Room
37.6 in

Second Leg Room
31.1 in

Second Shoulder Room
52.1 in

Second Hip Room
51.2 in

Wheelbase
101.2 in

Length, Overall
171.9 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
67.7 in

Height, Overall
57.3 in

Track Width, Front
59.9 in

Track Width, Rear
60.0 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.5 in

Trunk Volume
13.7 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2403 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
0.79 in

Front Tire Size
P185/65R15

Rear Tire Size
P185/65R15

Front Wheel Size
15 x 5.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 5.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Electric Pwr

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.5

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
33.5 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.1 x 0.9 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.3 x 0.4 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
11.4 gal

Basic Years
5

Basic Miles/km
60,000

Drivetrain Years
10

Drivetrain Miles/km
100,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
100,000

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
60,000

Roadside Assistance Note
24-hour roadside assistance

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
11.6%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Due to the intrusion of the left rear door during the side impact test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing a high lower spine acceleration. High lower spine accelerations, in excess of 82 g's, indicate a higher likelihood of thoracic injury. Note: Although not included in the star rating, the rear passenger's thoracic rib deflection was elevated.

1.6L DOHC GDI dual CVVT 16-valve I4 engine -inc: variable intake system (VIS), aluminum block & head, engine cover

6-speed manual transmission -inc: hydraulic clutch w/clutch lock

Front wheel drive

36 amp-hour battery w/battery saver

Smart alternator w/alternator management system (AMS)

MacPherson strut front suspension w/stabilizer bar

Coupled torsion beam axle rear suspension

Monotube gas shock absorbers w/coil springs

Electric pwr steering

Front vented/solid rear disc brakes

Tire mobility kit

15" x 5.5" steel wheels w/covers

P185/65R15 low rolling resistance radial tires

Body-color bumpers w/lip

Locking fuel filler door

Black grille w/matching surround

2-lens multi-reflector headlights -inc: black trim bezels

Tinted glass

Body-color heated pwr mirrors

Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/mist function

Body-color door handles

Hood insulation

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (4) speakers, auxiliary input jack, USB port, micro roof antenna

SIRIUS satellite radio

Front bucket seats -inc: slide/recline, adjustable headrests, 6-way driver seat adjustment w/height adjust

60/40 split-folding rear bench seat -inc: adjustable outboard headrests

Woven cloth seat trim

4-spoke tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/audio controls

Instrumentation -inc: segment trip computer, LCD odometer & trip meter, tachometer, shift indicator, external temp display, trip distance, distance to empty, average mpg, instant mpg, digital clock

Indicators -inc: door ajar, trunk open, fuel cap open, belt reminder

Manual windows

Manual door locks

Remote trunk release

Manual air conditioning -inc: rear heat ducts, 4-speed heater fan

Rear window defroster w/timer

Glove box w/illumination

(2) 12V front pwr outlets

Front/rear door map pockets w/bottle holders

Dual visors w/covered vanity mirrors

(3) assist grips -inc: front passenger, dual rear, coat hook

Dome lamp w/delay-out

Cargo area lamp

Front seatback pockets

Luggage hook

Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)

Electronic stability control (ESC)

Hill assist control (HAC)

Vehicle stability management (VSM)

2.5-MPH bumpers

Side-impact door beams

Front/rear crumple zones

Driver & front passenger advanced airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor

Front seat-mounted side airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags

3-point seat belts for all seating positions -inc: front height adjustment, front pretensioners, front load limiters, rear emergency locking retractors (ELR)

Rear lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Rear child safety door locks

Internal emergency trunk release

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

 
BRIGHT SILVER
$0

 
MIDNIGHT BLACK
$0

 
SIGNAL RED
$0

 
CLEAR WHITE
$0

 
AURORA BLACK PEARL
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
BLACK, SEAT TRIM
$0

 
BEIGE, SEAT TRIM
$0

 
** VARIOUS ADDITIONAL PORT INSTALLED OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA-SEE YOUR AREA DEALER FOR A COMPLETE LIST **
$0

 
REAR BUMPER TRIM
$70

 
CARPETED FLOOR MATS
$95

 
ELECTROCHROMIC MIRROR W/HOMELINK & COMPASS
$295

 
CARGO NET
$50

 
CARGO TRAY
$80


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