Compare 2012 Ford Focus vs 2012 Kia Rio

2012 Ford Focus
2012 Kia Rio
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,635 $16,500
4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $16,380 $17,500
5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,108 $18,300
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $19,110 $20,500
5-Door HB SEL 28 38 $19,838 $21,300
4-Door Sedan Titanium 28 38 $20,657 $22,200
5-Door HB Titanium 28 38 $21,112 $22,700
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 29 37 $13,145 $13,400
5-Door HB Manual LX 29 37 $13,335 $13,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 28 36 $14,010 $14,500
5-Door HB Automatic LX 28 36 $14,205 $14,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 28 36 $15,535 $16,300
5-Door HB Automatic EX 28 36 $15,735 $16,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 28 36 $16,675 $17,500
5-Door HB Automatic SX 28 36 $16,880 $17,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,635
$13,145
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,500
$13,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$275 / month
$223 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped. The yardsticks have moved--but the 2012 Kia Rio has kicked itself into contention in a class filled with very good economy cars.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 52.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 43.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 52.1
Second Leg Room (in)
43.7 31.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 53.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 88.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 171.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 101.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 67.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 59.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 13.7
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.98 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.94 x - TBD - 10.1 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 11.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 15.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.0 33.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2857 2403
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.1 6.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6500 138 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4450 123 @ 4850
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 37
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 8.2
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.28
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.70
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.04
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 3.83
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.76
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Kia Rio
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.93 0.79
Suspension Type - Rear
SLA Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.2 5.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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