2012 Kia Rio Sedan Makes World Debut

2011 New York Auto Show


  • 2012 Kia Rio @ 2011 New York Auto Show

    The 2012 Kia Rio sedan, which will join the elite roll call of 40 mpg fuel misers, made its world debut on Thursday at the 2011 New York Auto Show. | April 21, 2011

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2011 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2012 Kia Rio sedan, which will join the elite roll call of 40 mpg fuel misers, made its world debut on Thursday at the 2011 New York Auto Show.
  • The 2012 Kia Rio gets a new 138-horsepower 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine linked to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.
  • Kia told Inside Line that both sedan and hatchback models of the 2012 Rio will be priced under $13,000. The hatchback will go on sale this summer, while the sedan will debut in October.

NEW YORK — The 2012 Kia Rio sedan, which will join the elite roll call of 40 mpg fuel misers, made its world debut on Thursday at the 2011 New York Auto Show.

Kia told Inside Line that both sedan and hatchback models of the 2012 Rio will be priced under $13,000. The 2011 Kia Rio sedan starts at $12,990, including a $695 destination charge. The 2012 Kia Rio hatchback will go on sale this summer, while the 2012 Kia Rio sedan will debut in October.

The 2012 Kia Rio gets a new 138-horsepower 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine linked to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. It also features optional ISG technology, which is new to the Rio. The fuel-saving technology turns the engine off when the vehicle is not in motion and restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake pedal. The outgoing model is equipped with an older 110-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine linked to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.

Kia said the 2012 Rio will return 30 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway. The EPA has not yet rated the 2012 Rio. The 2011 Kia Rio with a four-speed automatic transmission returned 27 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway.

Kia was one of many automakers to tout fuel-economy gains in rolling out vehicles at the 2011 New York Auto Show. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. at $3.84 and CNBC.com on Wednesday predicted that gas could hit $6 a gallon by summer.

The 2012 Kia Rio sedan is new from the ground up, riding on a platform that is longer, wider and lower than the outgoing model. It gets a wedge-shaped exterior and shares family traits with the 2011 Kia Optima and Sportage. The base 2012 Kia Rio LX features body-color door handles and side mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels. The Rio5 comes with a standard rear spoiler.

The uplevel 2012 Kia Rio SX features standard 17-inch wheels, foglamps, LED daytime running lights, and dual chrome tip exhaust.

Edmunds.com says: Add another 40-mpg small car to your shopping list with the debut of the 2012 Kia Rio sedan. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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