Available in three trims, LX, EX and SX, the new 2012 KIA Rio sedan is available with a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. The 2012 KIA Rio offers an elusive combination of power and impressive fuel efficiency, achieving 138 horsepower while also maintaining a fuel economy rating of 30/40 mpg (city/highway).
The new KIA Rio sedan also offers ISG technology, where the engine turns off when the vehicle is not in motion such as a stop light or in traffic.
The KIA Rio LX trim includes body-color door handles and side mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels with 185/65R15 tires, while the Rio5 also comes with a standard rear spoiler to improve aerodynamics. To accentuate a premium look, the side mirrors are attached to the door rather than the plastic triangle like so many others in the segment. Moving to the Rio EX trim brings additional standard conveniences, including power door locks with keyless entry and a standard rear wiper for the Rio5. The KIA Rio SX trim offers standard 17-inch wheels with 205/45R17 tires, fog lamps, LED daytime running and rear combinations lamps, dual chrome tip exhaust, outside heated mirrors with turn signal indicators and, unique for the KIA Rio5, projector headlamps.
Moving inside, the 2012 KIA Rio envelopes driver and passengers in a bold and modern cabin, centered on Kia’s characteristic horizontal three-cylinder instrument panel, two-tone for the 2012 Rio to emphasize a feeling of spaciousness and comfort. An extended wheelbase (101.2 inches) greatly enhances passenger and cargo capacity for additional comfort, offering 40 inches front headroom, 37.8 inches rear headroom, 43.3 inches front legroom and 31.1 inches rear legroom for the Rio sedan and Rio5 hatchback.
Standard on the KIA Rio LX trim is a driver’s seat height adjuster, while moving to the EX trim includes standard power windows with automatic up/down on the driver’s window, Bluetooth®5 wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls to enable hands-free operation for compatible mobile phones, telescoping steering column, 60/40 split folding rear seats and leatherette door trim. The KIA Rio SX trim offers consumers an even more upscale look and feel with standard metal pedals, metal grain, a Supervision™ meter cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, maplight with sunglasses holder, illuminated vanity mirrors, trip computer, cruise control, UVO powered by Microsoft®6 in-car hands-free communication and entertainment system with rear camera display, and chrome-coated accents throughout.
The 2012 KIA Rio brings with it an all-new platform – longer, wider and lower than the previous generation. Its aggressive and playful stance is assisted through an overall length of 171.9 (Rio sedan) or 159.3 (Rio5) with a platform measuring 67.7 inches wide and 57.3 inches high. Employing high-tensile-strength steel (63 percent), Rio’s lightweight design offers high torsional stiffness for improved handling, ride quality and refinement. Though a more expensive alternative, using these materials also increases crash safety capabilities while reducing overall weight. To ensure good noise vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction, the 2012 KIA Rio was outfitted with hood and dash insulators as well as expandable foam in the A and C pillars and Thinsulate™ in the A and B pillars.
The 2012 KIA Rio is equipped with a high level of standard safety features, as is the rest of the Kia line-up. Rio’s high-strength steel structure includes an innovative Halo Body construction designed to help protect occupants in certain side impact and roll-over collisions, while additional standard safety features include six airbags9 (dual advanced front and front-seat mounted side as well as full-length side curtain), side-impact door beams, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).