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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
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.
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
UVO infotainment and navigation system
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.