2012 Kia Rio5

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18 reviews
Available Price Range $5,804-$11,788 Trims3 Combined MPG 32-33 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2012 Kia Rio5

Our Take

Rising gas prices may have many drivers grumbling at the pumps, but new-car buyers have a number of new fuel-sipping subcompact cars from which to choose. Kia's offering in the segment is the... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat comfort for adults
  • Bug-eyed headlights

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Sedan or Rio5 hatchback
  • Four-cylinder with direct injection
  • Optional auto-stop fuel-saving technology
  • Six-speed manual or automatic


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: Estimated mileage ratings have been lowered to reflect a November 2012 EPA audit of this car's stated mileage.Up against elevated gas prices, car shoppers should take comfort in the fact they don't have to pay a premium for a hybrid to save money at the pump. There's a new crowd of subcompact and compact cars that are fuel-efficient, start below $15,000 and di... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Based on 18 reviews

This car ROCKS!

by Traveling Man from VT/NM on October 29, 2011

We looked at all of the subcompacts out there; there are a lot of good choices. We chose this one and here’s why: 40 mpg/highway (we’ve been doing around 43 mpg right from the start), comfort, style, ... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 Kia Rio5.

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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