2012 Kia Rio Features

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The Rio is an exceptional value, considering the amount of standard equipment that's offered in the base versions.

All Rio sedans and hatchbacks come with a pricetag of less $15,000 including a $750 destination charge. Standard equipment on sedans includes an AM/FM/CD player with satellite radio and a USB port; air conditioning; and satellite radio.

The Rio's equipment list is exceptional for a subcompact: navigation and leather are offered.

Rio hatchbacks have a standard manual transmission; a rear spoiler; 15-inch wheels; tilt steering; split-folding rear seats; and steering-wheel audio controls. Moving up to the Rio EX five-door adds power windows, locks and mirrors; tilt/telescoping steering; cruise control; and Bluetooth.

The automatic is a $1200 option on either Rio LX; the manual is only offered on LXs.

Available in either body style, the Rio SX adds larger front brakes; 17-inch wheels and sport tuning; fog lamps; LED taillamp and headlamp accents; and power-folding heated side mirrors.

The SX model is the only version to come standard with Kia UVO, a version of the Microsoft-powered voice controls sold by Ford as SYNC. Kia's flavor of this technology has fewer available voice commands for phone and audio.

Major options include UVO on EX models; a navigation system that replaces the UVO system on SX models; pushbutton start on the SX; and also on the SX, leather seats, a sunroof, and front seat heating.

All models have Kia's five-year, 60,000-mile limited warranty.

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