2012 Kia Rio
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RIO 5 Door SX Is Best In Class

by from Upstate South Carolina on January 30, 2012

The 5 door SX is a phenomenal car, best in class. Lots of interior room, nimble handling, brisk acceleration, comfortable on the highway/long trips, fantastic warranty, and nifty high tech features. I...
The 5 door SX is a phenomenal car, best in class. Lots of interior room, nimble handling, brisk acceleration, comfortable on the highway/long trips, fantastic warranty, and nifty high tech features. It has LED Running/Brake Lights, a Rear View Camera, heated outside mirrors that fold in with the push of a button, and terrific fuel economy. Per Snowman's review, if he went with the SX, the rear view camera would negate his appropriate rear visibility comment. I was pleasantly surprised by the ability of the RIO to pass other cars on the highway. In addition, at high speeds on the Interstate, engine RPMs are relatively low, which means the engine is just cruising. And if all of the above wasn't enough, the five door RIO is one of the best looking cars on the road. Numerous people came up to me and offered very positive comments on the looks.
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Great except one thing

by from Canada on January 24, 2012

I bought the 5 door EX with the UVO package and love the features like hill assist and telescopic steering. The interior is well made - awesome dashboard with a cockpit feel to the driving position. R...
I bought the 5 door EX with the UVO package and love the features like hill assist and telescopic steering. The interior is well made - awesome dashboard with a cockpit feel to the driving position. Rear visibility is not good, with tinted windows, large headrests, a small back window and a large rear pillar. Not the easiest car to back out of a crowded parking space.
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Great Value

by from Palm Desert Ca. on June 1, 2012

This car would be a perfect car but for the seats. They are the cheepest most uncomfortable seats I have ever sat in. I am 6 2" weigh 240==Hard, stiff seats take away from such a great vehicle--A shop...
This car would be a perfect car but for the seats. They are the cheepest most uncomfortable seats I have ever sat in. I am 6 2" weigh 240==Hard, stiff seats take away from such a great vehicle--A shop here in town is going to rebuild the seats for $500 and then I should have no problems--Great fuel economy--great looks--lots of zip===what more can you ask for--(BETTER SEATS)
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Awesome

by from Atlanta, Ga on April 14, 2012

I purchased the 2012 Kia Rio LX with the help of a recommendation and not knowing anything about the brand. The gas mileage is awesome and with it's sleek exterior, it'll stay in style for a long time...
I purchased the 2012 Kia Rio LX with the help of a recommendation and not knowing anything about the brand. The gas mileage is awesome and with it's sleek exterior, it'll stay in style for a long time. Excellent buy! The more you drive it the better the gas mileage you get! One time I got 43mpg within the first month of driving it!
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reliability

by from pittsburgh pa on March 4, 2012

excellent small car. good features for the price . the only drawback is the small trunk. the fuel economy is beat for highway use. the more you drive it the better the fuel mileage. the transmission s...
excellent small car. good features for the price . the only drawback is the small trunk. the fuel economy is beat for highway use. the more you drive it the better the fuel mileage. the transmission shifts very smooth and you can barely hear it. more interior room than the outsides looks.
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The best in its class

by from Chacago on September 24, 2011

I bought this car mostly because of a price, but after driving few thousand miles, I am thoroughly impressed. This car simply works like charm. Way to go Kia.
I bought this car mostly because of a price, but after driving few thousand miles, I am thoroughly impressed. This car simply works like charm. Way to go Kia.
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2012 Rio Fully Loaded

by from San Antonio, TX on June 30, 2014

I looked for a car that would give me great gas mileage and considered the Chevy Cruze but it didn't offer me what I wanted. I paid around $20K for this car, way above the normal asking price listed h...
I looked for a car that would give me great gas mileage and considered the Chevy Cruze but it didn't offer me what I wanted. I paid around $20K for this car, way above the normal asking price listed here but it came with every available upgrade except the heated seats which we really don't need in south Texas and I got the bumper to bumper extended warranty since I keep my cars for an average of 10 years. I have the backup camera, folding mirrors, UVO, heated rearview mirrors, trunk mat etc. etc. I have had 0 problems with this car. I was even able to get the dealer to reprogram the computer so my door locks don't automatically unlock when the car is put in park. We have a lot trains here in Texas and some of them are very long. I didn't feel comfortable having my doors unlock every time I put the car in park. Now the only time it unlocks is when I turn off the car. I always try to get a car color that everyone else isn't driving. I was very happy to get the car in chestnut. I later found that 2012 was the only year they offered that color so I won't see myself coming around every corner. If you can't tell, I love my Rio. We even got 42 miles to the gallon on the long drive back from Florida and that's the only time that has happened. It takes a long road with even starts and stops to get that so it isn't "usual". It normally sits around 30 between local and highway driving. I was pleased to find there were no recalls for this car with GM in the news so much lately. I would recommend a Kia to everyone!
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Efficient and Fun Car

by from Santa Clarita, CA on November 13, 2011

I bought the EX Rio HB about a month to commute to work. As soon as I test drove the car, I had to have it. It was fun to drive and drove so smooth. I am impressed with all of the options that are sta...
I bought the EX Rio HB about a month to commute to work. As soon as I test drove the car, I had to have it. It was fun to drive and drove so smooth. I am impressed with all of the options that are standard plus the great gas mileage. The car looks sporty, especially in black. On top on of this, the warranty is great. The Rio is a fun car to drive and reasonable price. If you need a commuter car, this is the car.
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Pass the pump

by from Saint Charles missouri on July 3, 2012

I was looking for a car that was rated 40 plus miles per gallon i had looked at hondas and the new chevy cruz. They both had impressive mpg but man they wanted more out of these cars than i wanted to ...
I was looking for a car that was rated 40 plus miles per gallon i had looked at hondas and the new chevy cruz. They both had impressive mpg but man they wanted more out of these cars than i wanted to spend. i was chatting with a co-worker and he is the proud owner of a kia rio and he stated to me that he would not look at another car. his rio at the time had 135,00 and no mechinacal issues. He highly recomended kia. I pondered it for a bit and then went and test drove one and i thought it was ok so i bought a sliver SE with the 17inch wheels looked sharp. I was told that it would get upto 40 mpg so i filled it up and watched the mpg closly it started in the high 30's then i hit40 and after 2500 miles it got better i was getting mid to high 40's like 47 mpg. i am very impressed at this point then it got better after 8000 miles the best that i have received is 55.5 miles per gallon i know its had to believe but i have all gas reciepts and all records i have also pictures of the mpg counter on the car showing the same. This is a great car and for the money and the milage dont sell kia short i enjoy mine so way much.
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Love my Rio

by from Brookville, IN on July 3, 2012

Of all the cars I have owned, this is the first car which really fits me. I am under 5' tall and have had difficulty in having clear vision and finding comfort in other cars. The small windows next to...
Of all the cars I have owned, this is the first car which really fits me. I am under 5' tall and have had difficulty in having clear vision and finding comfort in other cars. The small windows next to the windshield give me much better peripheral vision at crosswalks and 4 way stops, for example. I get compliments on the design of my car; it is peppy and gets great mileage. My only criticism is that the passenger seat is very low and cannot be raised, causing my passengers some discomfort. All in all, I am delighted with my Rio.
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