Used 2012 Kia Rio Sedan

2012 Kia Rio
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  • Stylish design inside and out
  • plenty of standard and optional features
  • long warranty coverage
  • feels bigger than it is.


  • Engine can get noisy.

Used 2012 Kia Rio Sedan for Sale

Kia Rio 2012 SX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
107,095 miles
Used 2012
Kia Rio
Est.Loan: $112/mo
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Check out this gently-used 2012 Kia Rio we recently got in. Drive home in your new pre-owned vehicle with the knowledge you're fully backed by the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee. When it comes to high fuel economy, plenty of versatility and a great looks, this KiaRio SX cannot be beat. This Kia Rio's superior fuel-efficiency is proof that not all vehicles are created equal. You've found the one you've been looking for. Your dream car. More information about the 2012 Kia Rio%3A Better fuel economy yet more power %28versus last year%29 are probably two of the central points that will ring relevant to those cross-shopping the Rio against any of the competition. In addition to being one of the lowest-priced cars in the U.S. market, 2012 Rio is the first vehicle that's not either a hybrid or luxury model to feature fuel-saving engine start/stop technology, which momentarily shuts the engine off at stoplights. Also of interest to those looking to make a green vehicle choice, Kia notes that 85 percent of the Rio's materials are recyclable at the end of the vehicle's lifespan, and seat foams are 100-percent biodegradable. The Rio's improved design, inside and out its stronger body structure and enhanced safety and its smooth new direct-injection engine and six-speed transmissions are all other very good reasons to consider the Rio, in this crowded class that includes the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda2, Honda Fit, and Toyota Yaris among others. Interesting features of this model are value for the money, comfortable interior, smooth, refined engines and transmissions, Excellent gas mileage, maneuverability, innovative Idle Stop and Go, and improved safety Prices exclude tax, tags, and %2524300 dealer processing charge. All Inventory listed is subject to prior sale. DARCARS is not responsible for misprints or typographical errors in equipment or pricing. %282%29 12V front pwr outlets,%283%29 assist grips -inc%3A front passenger dual rear coat hook,1.6L DOHC GDI dual CVVT 16-valve I4 engine -inc%3A variable intake system %28VIS%29 aluminum block & head engine cover,17' x 6.5' alloy wheels,2-lens multi-reflector headlights w/auto-on/off & escort lighting -inc%3A black trim bezels,2.5-MPH bumpers,3-point seat belts for all seating positions -inc%3A front height adjustment front pretensioners front load limiters rear emergency locking retractors %28ELR%29,4-spoke leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/Bluetooth audio & cruise controls,54 amp-hour battery w/battery saver,6-speed automatic transmission -inc%3A auto shift lock ignition key interlock H-matic,60/40 split-folding rear bench seat -inc%3A adjustable outboard headrests,AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc%3A %284%29 speakers tweeter speakers auxiliary input jack USB port micro roof antenna,Active ECO system,Anti-lock braking system %28ABS%29,Artificial leather door trim,Black grille w/chrome surround,Bluetooth connectivity,Body-color bumpers w/lip,Body-color door handles,Body-color heated pwr folding mirrors w/integrated turn signals,Cargo area lamp,Coupled torsion beam axle rear suspension,Cruise control,Dome lamp w/delay-out,Driver & front passenger advanced airbags -inc%3A passenger occupancy sensor,Dual exhaust tips,Dual visors w/covered illuminated vanity mirrors -inc%3A dual map lights,Electric pwr steering,Electronic brake-force distribution %28EBD%29,Electronic stability control %28ESC%29,Front bucket seats -inc%3A slide/recline adjustable headrests 6-way driver seat adjustment w/height adjust,Front center console w/sliding armrest -inc%3A %282%29 cup holders storage bin,Front padded door armrests,Front seat-mounted side airbags,Front seatback pockets,Front vented/solid rear disc brakes,Front wheel drive,Front/rear crumple zones,Front/rear door map pockets w/bottle holders,Front/rear side curtain airbags,Glove box w/illumination,Hill assist control %28HAC%29,Hood insulation,Indicators -inc%3A door ajar trunk open fuel cap open belt reminder,Instrumentation -inc%3A Supervision cluster dot matrix trip computer LCD odometer & trip meter tachometer external temp display trip distance distance to empty average mpg instant mpg digital clock,Internal emergency trunk release,Knit cloth seat trim,LED side positioning lamps & taillights,Leather-wrapped shift knob,Locking fuel filler door,Luggage hook,MacPherson strut front suspension w/stabilizer bar,Manual air conditioning -inc%3A rear heat ducts 4-speed heater fan,Metal pedals,Metal-grain trim -inc%3A center fascia steering wheel spokes A/C switch knob indicator panel park brake button vent surround,Monotube gas shock absorbers w/coil springs,Multi-reflector fog lamps,P205/45R17 low rolling resistance radial tires,Pwr door locks -inc%3A remote keyless entry ignition key reminder emergency door unlock 2-turn entry folding key w/panic button,Pwr windows -inc%3A driver safety lock & 1-touch auto-up/down,Rear camera display,Rear child safety door locks,Rear lower anchors & tethers for children %28LATCH%29,Rear window defroster w/timer,Remote trunk release,Side-impact door beams,Smart alternator w/alternator management system %28AMS%29,Soft touch dash,Sport tuned suspension,Tinted glass,Tire mobility kit,Tire pressure monitoring system %28TPMS%29,UVO infotainment system,Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/mist function,Vehicle stability management %28VSM%29
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Kia Rio 2012 LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Thanks to a redesign for 2012, the Kia Rio stands as a smart pick for small-car shoppers.

vehicle overview

When you hear the word "Rio," you might think of the city or perhaps Duran Duran. But would "Kia Rio" pop into your head? Probably not. For many years, the Rio has been a pretty forgettable little car. But for 2012, this should change, as the subcompact Kia is thankfully as far removed from last year's model as parachute pants and feathered hair are from today's fashions.

Redesigned for 2012, the Kia Rio has been improved in virtually every way. As with Kia's other recently redesigned models, style is a priority. Inside and out, the Rio has a bold look, especially in this segment of small cars. The new Rio is larger than before, which translates to more passenger and cargo room.

Under the hood is a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct-injection technology. With 138 horsepower on tap and the promise of up to 37 mpg EPA highway, the Rio is one of the most powerful and efficient cars in its segment: on paper. In the real world, performance proves to be better than average while fuel economy is about average..

There's no debating the Rio's value, however. As is Kia's customary practice, the Rio combines a low starting price with a fairly generous standard features list. The Rio also reflects Kia's recent efforts at improved quality, notably in a nicely trimmed cabin that would be at home in a more expensive car. But with so many upscale features available as options (navigation, leather seating and keyless ignition/entry, for instance), the price of a loaded Rio can approach that of a base Kia Optima.

There's no doubt that Kia now has a firm grasp on what most consumers are looking for, which would be styling, quality, performance and features. As a result, the 2012 Kia Rio is finally a front runner in a market segment that has seen a lot of improved vehicles lately. Other worthy choices include the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and the Hyundai Accent, which is mechanically very similar to the Rio. Your decision will likely come down to styling preferences, driving position, handling/ride dynamics or maximum cargo capacity. Back-to-back test-drives are recommended.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Kia Rio is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, each with four doors. Trim levels are base LX, nicely equipped EX and sporty SX.

The LX comes with 15-inch steel wheels, power/heated mirrors, air-conditioning, a trip computer, a tilt steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB/iPod interface. An optional Power package provides power windows and door locks with keyless entry.

The EX comes with all the above and adds a chrome grille frame, upgraded audio speakers, Bluetooth, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a center console with sliding armrest, upgraded upholstery and metallic cabin accents. An optional EX Convenience package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, foglights, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, power-folding outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, a soft-touch dash top, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Kia's "Uvo" voice-activated interface for electronics features.

The SX adds to all the above 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, dual exhaust tips, LED front accent/rear taillights and an upgraded gauge cluster display. An optional SX Premium package adds a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, leather seating, heated front seats and a navigation system.

performance & mpg

Every Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 138 hp and 123 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the LX, with a six-speed automatic optional. Both the EX and SX come only with the six-speed automatic.

In Edmunds testing, a Rio SX did the 0-60 sprint in 9.7 seconds, a quick time for the subcompact segment. Fuel economy estimates stand at 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined for the automatic, with 29/37/32 for the manual.


The 2012 Kia Rio comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and hill start assist. Unlike most rivals that have a front disc/rear drum brake setup, the Rio has disc brakes all around. This undoubtedly contributed to its strong braking performance, as the Rio SX came to a stop from 60 mph in just 119 feet -- a short distance for an economy car.

In government crash tests, the Rio received four out of five stars for overall protection, with four stars for frontal-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection.


As we've only driven the sporty SX, these impressions pertain to that trim. With its firmer suspension tuning, the 2012 Kia Rio SX is a good choice for those who like feeling connected to their car. You may even have some fun behind the wheel. The SX's ride quality might be on the firm side for some drivers, but overall we like the way the Rio drives.

In the times of 500-plus-hp supercars, the 2012 Kia Rio's 138-hp output might sound paltry. Yet this sophisticated direct-injection four-cylinder pulls stronger than the power plants of its major competitors. Both the six-speed manual and the six-speed automatic transmissions make good use of that output, too. Under hard acceleration, the engine remains smooth but can get rather noisy.


The Rio's cabin boasts very good build and materials quality. Although there is a lot of hard plastic trim, it is nicely grained and doesn't scream economy car. Indeed, in the upper trims, features such as a soft-touch dash top, sliding center armrest and tasteful metallic accents give the impression that the Rio is a cut above what you'd expect in this class.

The climate and audio controls are easy to use, as is the optional navigation system. The Uvo voice-activated telematics system is another nice bonus, although we've found its voice recognition abilities aren't great and it isn't quite as intuitive to use as Ford's Sync system. Its accompanying electronic controls are much easier to use, however, even when operating more complicated functions like the iPod interface or optional navigation system.

The Rio also scores in the areas of space and comfort. Even tall drivers should be comfortable behind the available tilt-and-telescoping wheel, while the backseat offers a competitive amount of space. Count this as another subcompact that doesn't feel like a penalty box for its passengers.

The Rio's sleek styling does result in outward visibility that isn't quite as good as some competitors' -- especially for the sedan. However, the available rearview camera is a rare feature in this class and helps greatly while parallel parking. When it comes time to carry extra items, the sedan has a 13.7-cubic-foot trunk, a respectable figure. With its rear seats lowered, the hatchback can hold up to 49.8 cubic feet.

Top consumer reviews

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2012 Kia Rio SX Sedan
d1g1t007, 2/15/2012
I needed to get a new daily commuter car as I drive over 70 highway miles daily. Look at what you get from Toyota, Honda, Nissan in this same segment and compare all the features. I went to each dealer, Toyota had a sticker price increase of $1500 "market adjusted value" on the Corolla! Nonsense! I wanted something that would get good gas mileage (+36mpg), holds a couple golf bags and more in the trunk, and if needed, my family of 4 when we're not in the sweet minivan. This car has extreme value at a low price... less than $18K out the door. You can electronically fold in the heated side mirrors, which have LED turn signals. The front lights have LED markers and the rear tail lights are all LED. Engine has the most horsepower in the segment and is direct injection technology. Big 17 inch wheels on the ground, USB port on radio which is built by Microsoft UVO and I could go on and on for the features. You will see many of these features only in higher segment cars. Japan auto makers are becoming dated fast with their features and technology and are overpriced for their value in today's market. KIA shares many of their platforms now with Hyundai and the quality of their build has dramatically improved with the RIO. I have been very satisfied for the first 1200 miles. If you are looking for good gas mileage, good trunk space, great features, LED lights aplenty, etc... do not overlook this car and forget completely about KIA in 2008. In 2012 they have transformed light years ahead of the competition.
Fun to drive, good MPG, Inexpensive
shawnmh, 3/16/2012
I bought this car new to replace my 91' Imperial and I'm averaging 33 (70%/30% C/H) mpg at the pump and I'm loving it. Although the ride isn't the smoothest, it's definitely better than many others I've driven in this class. When you turn the ECO setting off, you get a significant boost in power and throttle response. Handles great in the city, but acts like a small car would on the interstate. I love the SportShift, although not the quickest shifts, it is a blast through curvy roads. The high beams illuminate very well as do the regular lights. Steering has good feel and the car is very nimble up to about 45 when the electric steering starts to show. Design cues from Audi shows.
worknman, 3/18/2014
Our Kia developed a severe pinging issue running regular gas especially with the ECO mode on. The Kia Forum website states that Kia is running a series of ecm ( engine control computer ) software patches to solve this issue. Many people on that forum have had the patches done and these patches have largely only helped for a few weeks before the bad pinging came back. I finally decided that I didn't want to destroy my engine no matter how 'great' the Kia warranty supposedly is. I started using PREMIUM - NAME BRAND GAS AND TURNED THE ECO MODE OFF. ****Shell Nitro premium gas is THE BEST GAS FOR THIS KIA. BETTER YET BUY A TOYOTA AND LEAVE THIS BRAND TO THE IDIOTS WHO DON'T READ THIS REVIEW! THIS CAR IS COMPLETE FUBAR!ENGINE LIGHTS SINCE TWENTY THOUSAND MILES-RUNNING LIKE A PERSON HAVING A SEIZURE HALF THE TIME. NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS LIKE THIS WITH HONDAS,NISSANS OR TOYOTAS WE OWNED. NEVER NEVER NEVER WILL WE BUY A KIA EVER AGAIN.IF SOMEONE GAVE US ONE WE'D SELL IT THE NEXT DAY. STAY AWAY FROM KIA!!!!YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!! After four gas tanks full of this, our Kia is running and shifting better and smoother then it ever did new. more below-
One Great Car
beachyork1, 6/5/2012
This is my second Kia, my first being a 2007 Kia Optima, I was so impressed with the reliabiluty I purchased my second. The Rio is everything I expected and more. Very smooth, well built and a tremondous amount of features, many of which are not even offered in the compact class, nevermind subcompact. The gas milage estimates hold true for me. Normal in town city driving get me 30-32. I recently drove to boston from southern maine and filled the tank upon leaving. I drove 90 miles and then filled up again, used 2.3 gallons of gas for a mpg of 39.1. I consistenly drove at about 65mph. I have read all of the reviews and am baffled by the low gas milage some posters report.
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Features & Specs

28 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
138 hp @ 6300 rpm
28 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
138 hp @ 6300 rpm
28 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
138 hp @ 6300 rpm
29 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
138 hp @ 6300 rpm
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This is a great time to be a compact car buyer. The cars in this class are more fuel-efficient than ever, have a greater list of premium features and are more fun to drive. And in the case of the 2012 Kia Rio, they even look better than ever. As we overheard someone say, compact cars are no longer a penalty box — now they are a box suite. Cars in this price range can even be ordered now with leather, heated seats, navigation and more.

When Kia's designers set out to redesign the Rio, they carried over nothing from the previous-generation car. The 2012 Kia Rio has undergone such an extensive overhaul that Kia even changed the font of the type in the "Rio" badge. The 2012 Rio is better-looking, more fuel efficient, fun to drive, and best of all offers a great value to consumers in need of a compact car.

The Kia Rio also matches up favorably to its competition. The Honda Fit has more cargo room, but less engine power. The Chevrolet Sonic matches the Rio's power and adds more torque, but you'll have to pay extra for the optional turbo engine to get the added benefits. The Ford Fiesta is another solid pick in this class, but if you are interested in a navigation system, the Rio has a traditional touchscreen setup while the Fiesta relies on voice-guided directions.

Used 2012 Kia Rio Sedan Overview

The Used 2012 Kia Rio Sedan is offered in the following styles: LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A), SX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A), and LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6M).

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