2012 Kia Rio Sedan priced from $14,150

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 26, 2011

Kia has announced that for the U.S. market, the four-door Kia Rio sedan has a starting price of $14,150, including a $750 destination charge. This price is $200 lower than the hatchback. However, they use the same 1.6-liter and the same manual gearbox. Kia has also revealed that the automatic version has a starting price of $15,250.

The sedan is equipped with a 1.6-liter GDI and is offered in three trim levels: LX, EX and SX. The manual version offers a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.'

Throughout the range, its standard equipment include air conditioning, electric power steering, an MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary ports, SiriusXM satellite radio with three months complimentary service, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).

"The top-of-the-line SX trim starts at $17,5004 and offers an abundance of upscale features, including standard metal pedals, LED front accents lights, LED taillights, a Supervision meter cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power-folding outside mirrors, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, and UVO powered by Microsoft voice-activated infotainment system with rear camera display." said the press release.

Serving as the heart of the new 2012 Kia Rio is a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic gearbox. This powerful yet very fuel-efficient GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine delivers a best-in-class 135 hp (100kW) of output as well as class-leading fuel economy rating of 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway (around 7.8-5.8 liters/100km).

Available in the United States in LX, EX or SX trims, the 2012 Kia Rio is fitted with ISG technology that could shut down the engine when the vehicle is not moving in traffic. As soon as the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal, the system would automatically restart the engine when the driver. This technology helps the new 2012 Kia Rio consume less fuel during stop-start urban traffic.

The designs of the 2012 Kia Rio sub-compact sedan and hatchback were created by the carmaker’s talented designers at its studios in Irvine, California. Both models feature sculpted sloping shoulder lines as well as wedge-shaped exteriors, resulting to an athletic profile that exudes both power and agility – similar to those found on the 2011 Optima and Sportage.

Each Kia Rio model boasts of its own version of the brand’s signature grille, which has been slimmed down to link with the dynamically designed headlamps. In addition, the new Kia Rio features a larger air intake. On the other hand, the new 2012 Kia Rio comes with a luxuriously equipped interior. The vehicle’s modern two-tone trimmed cabin is specified with Kia's distinctive horizontal three-cylinder instrument cluster.

Since the new 2012 Kia Rio comes with an extended wheelbase measuring 2,570mm, it results to a more comfortable passenger and larger cargo room. As expected, the new 2012 Kia Rio is loaded with a series of impressive standard technological elements including an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system -- with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities and three months of complimentary service – as well as auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for media player connection.

Meanwhile, the top-of-the-range Rio SX trim is provided with UVO powered by Microsoft in-car hands-free communication and entertainment system as well as by a rear camera display.

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