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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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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
4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S 27 36 $10,616 $10,990
4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 S 30 38 $12,663 $13,120
5-Door HB Manual 1.8 S 26 31 $14,153 $14,670
4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 SV 30 38 $14,452 $14,980
5-Door HB Automatic 1.8 S 24 32 $15,307 $15,870
4-Door Sedan CVT 1.6 SL 30 38 $15,423 $15,990
5-Door HB CVT 1.8 SL 28 34 $17,923 $18,590
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,145
$10,616
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,400
$10,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$223 / month
$183 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The yardsticks have moved--but the 2012 Kia Rio has kicked itself into contention in a class filled with very good economy cars. The 2012 Nissan Versa is a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car for used-car money—but if you're a stickler for the details it can feel as cheap as it is.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 29 mpg 27 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 37 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 51.2 46.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 51.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 36.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.1 51.9
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 41.8
Front Hip Room (in) 52.1 48.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.4 90.2
Second Leg Room (in) 31.1 37.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.9 58.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5 6.8
Length, Overall (in) 171.9 175.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.3 59.6
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 58.5
Wheelbase (in) 101.2 102.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 28.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.7 66.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.7 13.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.1 x 0.9 10.02 x 0.87
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x 0.4 NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 8.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.4 10.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 37.2
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.5 16.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.5 34.8
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 2.96
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P185/65R15 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size NA T125/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P185/65R15 P185/65R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2403 2345
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.3 6.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 540 470
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 123 @ 4850 107 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA HR16DE
Displacement 1.6L/97 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6300 109 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 29 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 32 30
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.76 3.73
Clutch Size (in) 8.2 - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.28 1.39
Trans Type 6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.89 0.82
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.70 3.55
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.04 2.05
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.83 4.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Summary
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Kia Rio Nissan Versa
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.79 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.7 6.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - - TBD -
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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