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Kia Prices 2012 Rio Sedan

Kia Prices 2012 Rio Sedan

Small cars may not be ideal for every driving situation, but when it comes to squeezing into a tight parking space, the subcompact wins. Small cars have other advantages too. Better fuel economy means small cars are cheaper to operate and more eco-friendly. Plus, owners enjoy lower purchase prices and maintenance costs. With a starting price of $13,400, the completely redesigned 2012 Kia Rio sedan enjoys these advantages while offering standard and optional equipment that adds comfort and convenience.

Just like the 5-door, the Rio sedan is available in three trim levels – LX, EX and SX. The base LX is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, while the EX and SX get only the automatic. Starting at $14,500 the LX automatic adds $1,100 to the base price. The top trim level SX sedan starts at $17,500, about $500 less than a 5-door SX.

All are powered by a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter direct-injection engine also found in the Hyundai Accent. The powerplant boasts best-in-class standard horsepower while also leading the class in fuel economy, rated at 30mpg city and 40mpg highway. An Idle Stop and Go (ISG) feature debuts early next year, allowing the engine to shut off at stop lights and instantly restart when the driver steps off the brake pedal.

Design is new inside and out. The Rio sedan’s new body looks like a slightly truncated version of the Optima’s sleek lines. SX models have LED front accent lights and taillights. Inside, the new dash and instrument panel are simple yet handsome on the base model, while the SX gets upgrades like a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and metal pedals.

Standard comfort and convenience equipment on the Rio sedan includes air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with USB and auxiliary ports and Sirius/XM satellite radio. Kia offers the UVO powered by Microsoft voice-activated infotainment system with rear camera display as optional equipment.

The Rio sedan certainly shows improvement from the aging outgoing model, offering advantages inherent to small cars and others exclusive to the model. But the subcompact segment is thick with similarly priced, comparably equipped competitors like the Chevy Sonic and the Ford Fiesta. Getting to the top is never easy, even at the lower end of the new car spectrum.

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