Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,983 - $10,516
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,983 - $10,516
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.3 Overall Score
Performance 2.7 Comfort 3.3 Styling 3.4 Value 3.7

Editor's Overview

A longtime also-ran, the Kia Rio is all-new for 2012 and my, what a transformation it's undergone. More daring bodywork, compelling standard and optional features, an efficient modern po...

Kia Rio Models & Trims

Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

2012 Kia Rio Owner Reviews

4.08

49 Reviews

35% 47% 10% 8% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

2012 Kia Rio a spacious sedan.

I have had no issues with my car, it gets very good mileage, handles well. As the only owner of this car it is been totally reliable in the almost seven years I have owned it and I feel comfortable that I am not bombarded with features, there's just enough technology for me. Because I am an older driver, I still enjoy manual locks and windows which I have and the newer features like the alarm that reminds me to take my keys from the ignition before exiting the car or the automatic shutting off of my headlights a few minutes after I exit my car when I forget to turn off my lights are great for someone forgetful like me. Anyway, I would recommend the Kia Rio for anyone, they have surprisingly spacious cabins and trunks and basically give you a very good deal for your money whether you purchase a relatively bare bones manual model like mine or opt for a fully automatic one with all the bells and whistles. I am sure all of Kia models are fine, but I really love my Rio!

- Wanda B

The Kia Rio is a reliable car.

The Kia Rio has been a good car for me. It gets great gas mileage; approximately 32 miles per gallon. It handles well in snow. I have driven in a fair amount of snow with no problems and it does not slide around. It starts in very cold weather also without plugging it in. Mine does not have a lot of features, but it has satellite radio which I like. I haven't had any issues with the Kia Rio and I also like how you can get into small spaces with it because it is a small car. I am very happy with my Kia Rio!

- Brenda B

My car is a small compact car. It had a fix a flat in the truck.

There has been a consistent issue with the starter and the fuel line. It has never had good acceleration and the car is very light. I have replaced the brakes and calipers on the vehicle 2 times. I have a terrible time getting the car to accelerate and no mechanic has ever been able to find the actual problem. The computer system has gone haywire and all sorts of dash alert lights go off when there is no problem.

- Laura B

Ranked #14 Small Cars by Owners

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$4,983 - $7,286
$7,825 - $10,516

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.6L DOHC GDI dual CVVT 16
1.6L DOHC GDI dual CVVT 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.8 in.
43.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40 in.
40 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.1 in.
31.1 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13.7 cu. ft.
13.7 cu. ft.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
101.2 in.
101.2 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
33.5 - 34.5 ft.
34.5 ft.

Length

Length
159.3 - 171.9 in.
159.3 - 171.9 in.

Width

Width
67.7 in.
67.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2403 - 2483 .lbs
2403 - 2483 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

Torque

Torque
123 ft. lbs.
123 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
11.4 gal.
11.4 gal.

Combined

Combined
29 - 37 mpg
14 - 18 mpg

City

City
28 - 29 mpg
28 mpg

Highway

Highway
36 - 37 mpg
36 mpg
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety