Compare 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback vs 2012 Kia Rio

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2012 Kia Rio
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5-Door Sportback FWD ES
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
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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
$17,618
$13,145
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,395
$13,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$307 / month
$223 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
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.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.4 67.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 59.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
13.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.6 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.7
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 11.4
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.09 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
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)
3021 2403
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front 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
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6000 138 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
145 @ 4200 123 @ 4850
Engine Order Code
4B11 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 37
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Kia Rio
Body Style
5 Door Hatchback Sedan
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 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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