2012 Kia Rio Consumer Review: 5,000 Mile Review

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback - Consumer Review

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5,000 Mile Review
By vod on


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


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.

Best Features

Front seat space and comfort is outstanding for both driver and passenger. Dash layout is excellent and both dash and steering wheel mounted controls are exceptionally easy to use and don't distract from driving. Handling is surprisingly responsive and secure for an inexpensive vehicle. 0 - 40 acceleration is excellent for this class. Driver's seat adjustments.

Worst Features

Hard plastic dash has more snaps, crackles, and pops than Rice Crispies when the ambient temperature is below 40. Quiets down considerably when the interior warms up. If you are over 6' tall the rear view mirror will interfere with your front field of vision even with the drivers seat in its lowest position. Relocate the mirror higher on the windshield. Small rear window limits visibility and larger exterior mirrors would be an improvement. Make map lights a standard feature
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