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2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

Price Range: $13,600 - $17,700 | 28 MPG City - 36 MPG Highway

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2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

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.

What's new for 2012?

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 Strengths

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

Model Review

The all-new 2012 Kia Rio comes in sedan or 5-door hatchback body styles and is offered in three different trim levels

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
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2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

5dr HB Man LX


Engine Type 1.6L Gas I4
Horsepower 138 @ 6300 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 123 @ 4850 RPM


Fuel Capacity 11.4 gal
Fuel Economy 29 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 421.8 miles


Driven Wheels FWD


Rims 15 x 5.5 in.
Tires P185/65R15

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 40.0 in. / 43.8 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 37.6 in. / 31.1 in.


Wheelbase 101.2 in.
Curb Weight 2410.0 lb.
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2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

5dr HB Man LX


Air Conditioning Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard


Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror Optional
Front Floor Mats Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional


AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Standard


Rear Spoiler Standard