In their place there is a 3. But with their split-folding rear seatbacks, which free up a vast cargo hold when down, hatchback models are arguably a bit more versatile. With the exception of oil changes and changing the wipers after 2 years haven't had to do one other thing. There's one powertrain in all Rio sedans and hatchbacks for the 2012 model year, and it's a smooth, and pretty powerful, 1. Six-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions are available. In addition to standard low-rolling-resistance tires and electrically assisted power steering, Kia also includes a selectable Active Eco mode on automatic-transmission models to squeeze more miles from each gallon of gas.
Tasked with the difficult job of improving upon the remarkable international sales success of the previous generation model, the new Kia Rio will be available in three body styles with 3-, 4- or 5-doors, depending on market , and has been designed to appeal to customers all around the world. The five-door is pert and clean and interesting for the first time in the nameplate's history. I really like the versatility the hatchback offers to haul stuff. All 2012 Rio models come with six standard airbags, including front seat-mounted bags plus full-length side-curtain bags. The touch screen interface is intuitive and easy to use.
It's decent fun in turns, but there's no shortage of tire squeal. All models have Kia's five-year, 60,000-mile limited warranty. Completely redesigned for 2012, the new Rio features a much bolder and more appealing exterior style and a dramatically updated powertrain. The back-up mirror is great. The Rio felt stable at higher speeds, and had sportier handling than expected. It's not as truly quick as the Sonic feels, but the Rio's combination of its four and a six-speed automatic is one of the highlights of the car. If you finally can get them latched, don't plan to take the car seat out again.
Other than that, I'm enjoying driving it. July 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm Philip, to each his own I guess. There are tons of features and options that come standard on the Rio but the best part is Hyundai's 100k mile powertrain warranty. Or one for the Sedona, Sorento and Cadenza… Just some ideas. A new lightweight structure uses more high-strength steel, while the Rio's suspension--MacPherson struts in front, with a stabilizer bar and a torsion-beam setup in back--is configured a good combination of nimble around-town handling and good passenger comfort.
Overall, there's no significant difference in seating space between the Rio sedan and hatchback models. See More Car Videos Join Our Facebook Page. Better fuel economy yet more power versus last year 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. Bulbous headlights border a pinched upper grille. One would not expect a Bose or Infinity quality sound system in a 16K vehicle, but this is ridiculous! Available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles, the 2012 Kia Rio is one of these cars. Navigation system Factory navigation systems are uncommon at this price point and we like that the Kia Rio blazes the trail by offering this feature.
The Problem: The front passenger seat occupant sensor mat may experience fatigue cracking, which could cause the sensor mat to break. 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 fast-growing Korean carmaker revealed it plans to launch 5-door Rio hatchback first, while 3-door Rio will follow in 2012. The Rio 5-Door has standard antilock brakes and an electronic stability system, features that are required on all new cars beginning with the 2012 model year. I think the next time I need to use a car seat, I'll just use the seat belt and the back latch. Wind and road noise are fairly muted thanks to hood and dash insulators, and we found in our first drive that the Rio has comfortable but somewhat firm ride overall. Projected launch date given for Canadian release is Sept.
The optional soft-touch material on the door panels and leading edge of the dashboard is a nice touch, but the rest of the dash is unmistakably plastic. The size adjustment was fine, but I could use a bigger gas tank to allow longer fuel range and a tad more storage spaces. For a list of safety features check out the , or to see how well child-safety seats fit in the Rio 5-Door see our. They more then made up for it with its killer Rio5 Hatchback! The 2012 Kia Rio is agile and confident in the turns but, in the overall sense, we wouldn't equate it to the same athletic feel as the Ford Fiesta or Mazda2. Operating 70mph, rpms are approximately 2500, which tells me the engine is not working hard on the Interstate. The Rio incorporates a 3-cylinder instrument panel and wraparound dash design that is simple and user-friendly.
The bland bubbly shapes of the past have dissolved into a wedgy look with lots of body sculpting behind the front wheels, Kia's new signature grille in front chromed on sedans, blacked-out on hatchbacks with large trailing headlights and a rounded rear end. For 2012, the Kia Rio has been revamped and restyled in an attempt to gain more notoriety in the sub-compact ranks. Kia has confirmed that the 2012 Rio will be available as a three-door or five-door hatchback. If the sensor mat breaks, the system will no longer be able to detect whether a child is in the front passenger seat, and if an accident… Once upon a time, not all that long ago, if you were in the market for a small, five-door economy hatchback, you were swimming in cheap-infested waters. The accent looks nice as well but the rio looks more sporty. I highly recommend this great little car!!! The Rio is an exceptional value, considering the amount of standard equipment that's offered in the base versions.