2012 Kia Rio Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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Disappointment!
By commuter12 on 05/11/13 09:41 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)

Review

My 12 Rio5 has 37k highway miles. The car has been a total disappointment. The car has received road blast and rusted after the past 2 winters. Trim inside has just fallen down due to disappearing clips. "Leather" steering wheel delaminated. Vent fan bearings going. Tires were garbage and mileage was not as advertised. The car was a real waste of money. Needless to say, I will be at the dealership again next week. Save yourself the hassle and stay away from these Kia beauties.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
High MPG Driving Method-2012 Kia Rio 5 EX
By worknman on 11/03/12 20:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)

Review

1.TURN ECO BUTTON ON AND LEAVE IT ON---2.PUSH THE GAS PEDAL SLOWLY-sudden pushing of the gas pedal turns off the ECO software and it stays off for minutes---3.when driving through the throttle dead spot from 20 to 40 miles per hour-PUSH THE THROTTLE DOWN SLOWLY UNTIL THE TRANSMISSION DOWNSHIFTS-then simply hold that throttle position-let the transmission pull the car up the hill---4.USE THE CRUISE CONTROL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE-the Kia C-C is excellent but you must set it right to get the most out of it---USE THE 2 AND 7 RULE-always set your cruise control at mph numbers that end in a 2 or a 7-NEVER 0 OR 5!---5.your best highway mpg will happen at 62 MPH SET ON CRUISE CONTROL-SEE FAV-FEATURES
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23 of 40 people found this review helpful
5,000 Mile Review
By vod on 04/07/12 14:28 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)

Review

We purchased an EX automatic to use primarily as a local runabout and occasional highway runs. Decision came down to the Kia or Honda Fit. Chose the Kia based on better responsiveness, quieter ride, interior comfort, interior design and lengthy warranty. Mileage has matched EPA estimates. Exterior styling is such a personal issue that no comment is necessary.
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4 of 11 people found this review helpful
Terrible Gas Mileage in a Well Built Car
By worknman on 04/04/12 19:44 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)

Review

In Dec 2011,my wife and I bought a brand new Kia Rio 5Dr Ex in red. The people at the Kia dealership were great and practically one of the only reasons we bought the car when we did besides the supposedly excellent gas mileage. Unfortunately,this car get barely 30 miles per gallon hwy and 26 miles per a gallon city. And the great six speed auto transmission downshifts two gears on even the smallest hill,making the cruise control practically unusable for gas mileage runs. Our Kia is extremely well built and attractive. It is fun to drive too. But we really needed it to make the gas mileage Kia said it would. Now we will get rid of it to buy a 5 speed Toyota Yaris
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Excellent good-looking car that is value for money
By sunbomb on 02/10/12 10:47 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback EX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A)

Review

For a customer profile like mine (already own a minivan, looking for commuter car) this is a great option to have. The car itself would probably satisfy a lot of other profiles, but it is smack in the middle of my demo. Cargo space is not that great, but that is not why I bought this car. I bought this with the convenience package which included UVO (a cool addition) and the rearview camera. No need for nav if you already have a smartphone. Car handles beautifully and very little of the harsh rides associated with sub-compacts. Really like the looks and the interior. A lot of reviews have commented on how the interior does not look as cheap as other cars in the class.
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