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2012 Kia Rio EX Review


Value-Driven Small Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a red 2012 Kia Rio EX

In short: A well-equipped, value-priced subcompact sedan.

Small in size and low in price, the Kia Rio EX nonetheless made a big impression on us with its stylish looks, solid performance and wealth of standard features. Fitted with a 1.6-liter direct-injected inline 4-cylinder engine, the peppy subcompact sedan offers 138 horsepower while earning an impressive 33 mpg combined. Starting at just over $16,000, the Rio EX comes well-equipped with standard features like satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless technology and an on-board trip computer. Optional features include the Microsoft-powered UVO infotainment system and a rear backup camera.

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Warranty/Service: Ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; five-year/60,000-mile basic limited warranty; five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance

Base Price: $16,300 / As Tested: $18,145

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with direct injection
Horsepower: 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque: 123 lb-ft @ 4,850 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with Active Eco System

Curb weight:
2,480 lbs
Wheelbase: 101.2 in
Turning circle: 34.5 ft

front vented disc brakes; rear solid disc brakes; 4-sensor, 4-channel ABS with brake assist; electronic brake-force distribution
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; coupled torsion beam rear; coil springs; shock absorbers

Traction: electronic stability control; traction control system

EPA City:
30 mpg
EPA Highway: 40 mpg

dual front advanced airbags; front seat-mounted side airbags; full-length side curtain airbags

Top Speed: 121 mph
0-60 mph: 9.5 seconds

Likes: design; interior space


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