Air conditioning is now included across the product range, as is electric power steering. Electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist and vehicle stability management are standard throughout the Rio product line as well, which should satisfy those critical of earlier Rio models for their lack of standard safety features.
If you prefer a six-speed automatic transmission, the Rio LX sedan starts at $15,250 (also including a $750 destination charge). All Rio models feature best-in-class horsepower, courtesy of a Hyundai-sourced 1.6-liter engine that produces 138 horsepower while returning up to 40 mpg in highway fuel economy.
In 2012, the Rio will become the first non-hybrid or non-luxury vehicle to incorporate Idle Stop and Go technology to further reduce fuel consumption. The system shuts down the Rio’s engine when the vehicle is idle for extended periods, restarting it instantly when the brake pedal is released.
Carrying on with the green theme of the Kia Rio, up to 85 percent of the material used in the car’s construction can be recycled at end of life. Even the Rio’s seat foam is environmentally friendly, and made from plant-derived castor oil instead of petroleum.
The 2012 Kia Rio sedan will be available in three trim levels, including the base LX, the mid-range EX and the sporty SX. Look for 2012 Rio sedan models to hit dealerships before year's end.