September 9, 2012
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Upon further reflection on my comment about power, I have to retract, the Rio actually pulls pretty darn good for a subcompact vehicle. My senses were a little askew after having driven a vehicle with over 500 horsepower the week before. Compared to my personal vehicle, a Yaris, I found the Rio got up to speed much smoother and with less effort on the highway—those extra 30 or so horses make a difference.
And surprisingly, fuel consumption was most excellent as well; I averaged 6.4 L/100 km over the course of the week with the Rio. Looking back on previous testers, in the 2012 Yaris I averaged 6.7 L/100 km and in the hybrid Prius C I averaged 4.8 L/100 km. The Rio stacks up well against the established competition and offers more features, more comfort, and less noise for a similar price.
*Rating out of 5:
|2012 Kia Rio|
*Rating based on vehicle’s classification
MSRP as tested (including destination): $18,750
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