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2012 Kia Rio5 Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2012 Kia Rio5 Overview

If you’re looking for a sporty hatchback with a low sticker price and high fuel-efficiency, look no further than the 2012 Kia Rio5.

Like its sedan sibling, the 2012 Kia Rio5 receives redesigns to the interior and exterior giving it a fresh new look for 2012. Under the hood is a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that can be paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Not only does the Rio5 feature direct injection, but an optional auto-stop feature in the Eco Package shuts the off when the Rio5 comes to a stop, and then restarts the engine once the brake pedal is released - kind of like how a hybrid works. Because of this, the Rio5 gets an impressive 30-mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. If you’re concerned about pollution, feel relieved that the 2012 Rio5 emits a paltry 5.5-5.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.

The 2012 Kia Rio5 is available in three trims: LX, EX, and SX and competes with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, and Toyota Yaris in the sub-compact hatchback class. Kia gave the exterior of the Rio5 a chrome-ringed grille and wraparound headlights, giving the Rio5 an appearance vaguely similar to the Kia Optima up front. Choose between 15-, 16-, and 17-inch wheels and enjoy the following standard features: body-colored door handles, black mesh grille, power heated mirrors, and a rear spoiler. A sport-tuned suspension, power folding mirrors with integrated turn signals, a power sunroof, fog lights, dual exhaust tips, and wheel locks are optional.

Inside the 2012 Kia Rio5, you’ll find a revised cockpit with more style and a fluid dash with intuitive controls. Premium knit cloth seat trim, leather seat trim, heated front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, soft-touch dash, Bluetooth® connectivity, push button start, navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic, and auto-on/off headlights are just some of the optional features. A USB port and auxiliary input jack are standard, while Kia’s Uvo communication and entertainment system powered by Microsoft incorporates a backup camera and is also optional.

Dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, vehicle stability management, and an electronic stability system are all standard safety equipment.

Save money at the point of purchase and at the pump with the efficient and redesigned 2012 Kia Rio5.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 28 - 29 MPG
  • Highway: 36 - 37 MPG