Monday, September 26, 2011

2012 Kia Rio 5-door Starts At $14,350 This Fall

The all-new and completely redesigned 2012 Kia Rio 5-door subcompact hatchback starts with an MSRP of $13,600 (plus $750 destination and handling fee) and the Rio 5-door A/T starts at $14,700 – both lower than the previous generation.  The top-of-the-line, SX trim starts under $18,000. The Rio comes equipped with a 138 horsepower 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or efficient six-speed automatic with a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway.

The 2012 Rio also comes better equipped than the previous generation, offering standard air conditioning, electric power steering, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary ports, SiriusXM™ satellite radio with three months complimentary service, and standard safety features including Electronic Stability Control, a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System, Hill-start Assist Control and Vehicle Stability Management. The SX offers 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamp and tail light accents, a sport-tuned suspension with larger front brakes, projection headlamps, twin chrome exhaust tips, fog lamps, as well as standard UVO powered by Microsoft® voice-activated infotainment system (expected to be available this fall) with a 4.3-inch color touch screen and rear camera display. At the beginning of 2012, the all-new Rio will offer ISG technology which helps to improve fuel economy by turning the engine off when the vehicle is not in motion, such as at a stop light or in traffic, and automatically restarting when the driver releases the brake pedal.