For those who can’t afford the full-size 2011 Kia Optima sedan and just need a stylish compact car to travel from point A to point B, then the new 2012 Kia Rio sedan may be the right choice. Kia has just announced the official pricing of the 2012 Rio compact sedan, and it has a starting price of $13,400, not including the $750 destination charge.
The 2012 Kia Rio will be available in three trim levels of LX, EX and SX. The 2012 Rio is available with a 1.6-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine that is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder engine produces about 138 horsepower, and that is ample of power for the 2012 Rio to provide a combination of power and fuel efficiency, which achieves a fuel economy rating of 30/40 mpg (city/highway).
In addition, the 2012 Kia Rio will be available with Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology to reduce fuel consumption by turning the engine off when the vehicle is not in motion. The ISG technology won’t be available on the 2012 Kia Rio sedan until early 2012.
The 2012 Kia Rio sedan with an automatic-equipped Rio sedan starts at $14,500, while the top-range SX trim starts at $17,500. Again, a $750 destination charge is not included yet.
The 2012 Kia Rio sedan will hit dealerships nationwide in January 2012, while the Kia Rio 5-door hatchback is currently on sale at Kia dealerships.