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2012 Kia Rio Sedan
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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
Acceleration 4
Handling 3half
Comfort 4
Interior 4
Audio System 4
Gas Mileage 4
Overall 4

*Rating based on vehicle’s classification
MSRP as tested (including destination): $18,750

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