road test post graphic cbs branded [VIDEO] The 2012 Kia Rio Is Much Better Than The Car It Replaced

This is the much-improved 2012 Rio from Kia. The redesign is a lot easier on the eyes than the frumpy run-of-the-mill car it replaced. It’s more refined, gets great fuel economy and the interior looks pretty nice too and comes with available features that car buyers are looking for.

The first thing I noticed is the quality of materials. A big improvement over the previous generation. And everything is laid out logically.

There’s decent room in the back, and under the rear hatch, although the Honda Fit beats The Rio hands down in cargo space. Even though these seats are a cool beige color, I noticed they spot easily. Just something to keep in mind if you have kids or dogs or like to snack while driving. I really like the look and feel of the toggle switches. And the heating and cooling controls have a nice solid feel. Kia’s Bluetooth set up is the fastest in the business and the voice command always understood what I was talking about, which is more than I can say for most people.

A nice array of inputs are easy to get at for your phone or mp3 player.

136355745 [VIDEO] The 2012 Kia Rio Is Much Better Than The Car It Replaced

(Photo by Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Active ECO cuts down on revs and shifts gears earlier to conserve petrol.

The gas goes into this 138 horsepower 4 banger. It’s not a pocket rocket but it does deliver 30 city 40 highway.

A five-speed auto or five-speed stick is available. The price for this new Rio starts at a little over 14 thousand, and if you load it up with stuff like heated seats and steering wheel and navigation, your looking at over 18 thousand dollars.

The California designers have delivered a pretty sweet redesign that makes it competitive with the Fit, Sonic and Ford Fiesta to name a few.



1.6L I-4


138 @ 6,300 rpm


6-spd man w/OD


7.6 seconds



Monthly Payment



5 passengers


49.8 cu.ft.


30 City / 40 HWY

Invoice Price



60 months/60,000 miles



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