(4.6) 22 reviews
MSRP: $4,982$11,942
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 32-33
Engine: 138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Kia Rio5

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 Rio sedan and Rio5 hatchback, both of which have been redesigned for 2012 and are expected to get a... 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

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.