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Selected Style 5-Door Sportback ES FWD
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Sportback FWD ES 24 32 $17,618 $18,395
5-Door Sportback FWD GT 22 29 $20,444 $21,345
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
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 28 36 $14,010 $14,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 28 36 $16,675 $17,500
5-Door HB Automatic EX 28 36 $15,735 $16,500
5-Door HB Automatic SX 28 36 $16,880 $17,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 28 36 $15,535 $16,300
5-Door HB Manual LX 29 37 $13,335 $13,600
5-Door HB Automatic LX 28 36 $14,205 $14,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,618
$13,145
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,395
$13,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$307 / month
$223 / 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 29 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.9 31.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 40.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 54.1 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 53.1
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 52.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 43.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.5 88.4
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 52.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.4 67.7
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 59.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 180.4 171.9
Height, Overall (in) 59.3 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 60.0
Wheelbase (in) 103.7 101.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46.6 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 13.8 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.7
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 10.1 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 8.0 x - TBD - 10.3 x 0.4
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.0 NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 11.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.09 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.9 15.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 32.8 33.5
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/60R16 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60R16 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size T145/70D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3021 2403
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 6.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 110
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 145 @ 4200 123 @ 4850
Engine Order Code 4B11 NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6000 138 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 29
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.41 3.83
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Continuously variable ratio Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.35 - 0.52 3.76
Clutch Size (in) NA 8.2
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.28
Trans Type 1 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.75 3.70
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.04
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style 5 Door Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Kia Rio
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.79 0.79
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 5.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
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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