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2012 Kia Rio SX

2012 Kia Rio Review

(0 Stars)  The least expensive Kia gets a major makeover.

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Overview
All new for 2012, the Kia Rio, heretofore an archetypally boring car, has become truly interesting. Clean lines, an upright and aggressive front fascia, and standard fifteen-inch wheels dispel the sense of awkwardness and cheapness that commonly afflicts subcompact cars. The top-of-the-line SX model goes even further, with seventeen-inch aluminum wheels and LED accents for the taillights and the daytime running lamps. That's flashy hardware for a subcompact, but the Rio pulls it all together subtly in a fashion not unlike the Volkswagen GTI. The new Hyundai Accent, its under-the-skin twin, is probably more distinct, but the Rio is without a doubt more expensive-looking. The Rio also looks good on the inside -- typically an area where economy cars serve up lots of cheap and nasty hard plastic. Here, there's a handsome dash with large switches and available navigation. The graining of the plastics and the number of soft-touch surfaces impresses. Predictably, the Rio shares much with the Accent, from its 101.2-inch wheelbase to its direct-injected, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Paired with either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic, the hatchback should achieve 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Kia estimates that the sedan will do 30 mpg in the city along with the now-requisite 40 mpg on the highway. On the debit side are overboosted steering and a ride that can be harsh. Overall, the Rio is now one of the more refined, better-looking offerings in a segment brimming with good cars.

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2012 Rio SX Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.6L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 30 MPG city, 40 MPG highway, 33 MPG combined and 376 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
11.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 123 ft lb of torque @ 4,850 rpm

'12 Kia SX Reviews

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'12 Kia SX Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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