Compare 2012 Ford Fiesta vs 2012 Kia Rio

2012 Ford Fiesta
2012 Kia Rio
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fiesta 4-Door Sedan S 28 38 $12,788 $13,200
Fiesta 4-Door Sedan SE 28 38 $14,170 $14,670
Fiesta 4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $15,984 $16,600
Fiesta 5-Door HB S 28 38 $13,634 $14,100
Fiesta 5-Door HB SE 28 38 $15,110 $15,670
Fiesta 5-Door HB SES 28 38 $16,830 $17,500
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Rio 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 28 36 $15,535 $16,300
Rio 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 28 36 $14,010 $14,500
Rio 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 28 36 $16,675 $17,500
Rio 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 29 37 $13,145 $13,400
Rio 5-Door HB Automatic EX 28 36 $15,735 $16,500
Rio 5-Door HB Automatic LX 28 36 $14,205 $14,700
Rio 5-Door HB Automatic SX 28 36 $16,880 $17,700
Rio 5-Door HB Manual LX 29 37 $13,335 $13,600

Pricing

Invoice Price

$12,788
$15,535

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$13,200
$16,300

Monthly Payment Estimate

$220 / month
$272 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.6
7.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance. 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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TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

28 mpg 28 mpg

Highway

38 mpg 36 mpg

Vehicle

Number of Passenger Doors

4 -

EPA Classification

Subcompact Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Shoulder Room (in)

49.0 52.1

Front Leg Room (in)

42.2 43.8

Passenger Volume (ft³)

85.1 88.4

Front Hip Room (in)

50.6 52.1

Second Leg Room (in)

31.2 31.1

Front Head Room (in)

39.1 40.0

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Hip Room (in)

49.2 51.2

Front Shoulder Room (in)

52.7 53.1

Second Head Room (in)

37.1 37.6

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

58.0 57.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

57.7 60.0

Wheelbase (in)

98.0 101.2

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

67.8 67.7

Track Width, Front (in)

57.7 59.9

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.5

Length, Overall (in)

173.6 171.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

12.8 13.7

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

NA 10.3 x 0.4

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

7.9 x - TBD - NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.2 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

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

12.0 11.4

Steering

Steering Type

Electric Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.8

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

14.3 15.5

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.4 34.5

Tires

Spare Tire Size

Compact NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P185/65R15 P185/65R15

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P185/65R15 P185/65R15

Trailering

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

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2578 2403

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5

Front Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Spare Wheel Material

Steel NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact NA

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

4.8 6.3

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 110

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - 540

Engine

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

120 @ 6350 138 @ 6300

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

112 @ 5000 123 @ 4850

Engine Order Code

99J NA

Displacement

1.6L/97 1.6L/97

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

28 28

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

33 31

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

38 36

Transmission

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.61 3.44

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.04 2.72

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.07 3.27

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive Front Wheel Drive

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.95 1.39

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.77

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

NA -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.85 4.40

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.28 1.83

Trans Type

5 6

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.76 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Fiesta Kia Rio

Body Style

Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs 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.)

w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.9 0.79

Suspension Type - Rear

Twist Beam Torsion Beam

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.7 5.9

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

7 (2011) -

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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