2012 KIA RIO-5 Review: Courtesy of YNN/ Time Warner Cable
Aired: 12/13/2011

Looking for a car that’s big on fuel economy, technology, warranty, and design? It’s known as the “new cool” and that’s coming up on The Car Coach.

The 2012 KIA Rio-5 is a value-packed car that is best described as the “new cool.” Let’s take a closer look.

Year / Make — 2012 KIA RIO-5

Model — Rio-5

MPG — average 30 city / 40 highway

Engine — 1.6L GDI engine -138hp and 2.0L aluminum engine-164hp

This great drive comes with a 6 speed automatic or 6 speed manual transmission with 2 overdrive gears for better fuel economy.

Price — Starts at $16,500.

I test-drove the KIA Rio-5 through Austin, TX. Austin’s mix of beautiful country roads and city driving conditions was the perfect chance to showcase the “new cool” ride from KIA.

The 5-seater, mid-sized compact was fun to drive and attracted plenty of attention due to its new front-end, hood, and LED headlights and taillights. It has an appealing new, muscular look that makes a big statement.

“Idle stop and go” improves fuel economy with ISG that turns the engine on and off. When you stop, it stops, when you go it, goes- seamlessly.

STD equipment

Push button start with smart key

Low rolling resistant tires

Vehicle stability management

Premium look with soft-touch interior

Adjustable arm rest

Toggle switches inspired by airplanes.

Power folding mirrors.

Rear spoiler and front spoiler

Standard safety: front and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, traction, and stability control.

15, 16, and 18″ alloy wheels

Backup camera

UVO infotainment and navigation system

Competes with:
Ford Fiesta

Chevy Sonic

Nissan Versa

Honda Fit

Distinctive design

Lots of head and leg room

Versatile cargo area

UVO infotainment system

Infinity 350-Watt sound system

10 year / 100,000 mile warranty

Back seat is tight for adults

Steering wanders a bit

The KIA Rio-5 is no longer driving in a penalty box; it’s riding in a box suite with fresh styling, many new and additional features, and class-leading powertrain technology.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you. For more information visit www.kiausa.com.

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