2012 Kia Rio 5-Door Hatchback price starts at $13,600

Kia has announced pricing on the new 2012 Rio 5-door Hatchback, which is overlooked by many when shopping in the subcompact section. However, with stellar looks, better quality and a starting price of $13,600, the 2012 Rio Hatchback is now back in the game.

The 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door Hatchbacks is available in three trims – LX, EX and SX. Standard options include air conditioning, electric power steering, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary ports, SiriusXM satellite radio with three months complimentary service, and a range of standard safety features, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a four- wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).

Go for the automatic transmission on the 2012 Kia Rio 5-door hatch and the price tag jumps up to $14,700. A fully loaded Kia Rio SX trim starts under $18,000 and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and tail light accents, a sport-tuned suspension with larger front brakes, projection headlamps, twin chrome exhaust tips, fog lamps, as well as standard UVO powered by Microsoft voice-activated infotainment system (expected to be available this fall) with a 4.3-inch color touch screen and rear camera display.

Power for the 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door hatchback comes from a 1.6 liter GDI 4-cylinder engine making 138-hp. Mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, the 2012 Kia Rio manages to return an EPA-rated fuel-economy of 30/40 mpg (city/highway). With the ISG technology the 2012 Rio will offer consumers an impressive and fuel-sipping 31/40 mpg.

– By: Omar Rana