$4,622 - $6,911
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.

LX Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,622 - $6,911
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28-29 City / 36-37 HWY

LX Features & Specs

Interior Features

  • Front bucket seats -inc: slide/recline, adjustable headrests, 6-way driver seat adjustment w/height adjust
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat -inc: adjustable outboard headrests
  • Woven cloth seat trim
  • 4-spoke tilt steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Instrumentation -inc: segment trip computer, LCD odometer & trip meter, tachometer, external temp display, trip distance, distance to empty, average mpg, instant mpg, digital clock
  • Instrumentation -inc: segment trip computer, LCD odometer & trip meter, tachometer, shift indicator, external temp display, trip distance, distance to empty, average mpg, instant mpg, digital clock
  • Indicators -inc: door ajar, trunk open, fuel cap open, belt reminder
  • Indicators -inc: door ajar, tailgate open, fuel cap open, belt reminder
  • Manual windows
  • Manual door locks
  • Remote trunk release
  • Manual air conditioning -inc: rear heat ducts, 4-speed heater fan
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Glove box w/illumination
  • (2) 12V front pwr outlets
  • Front/rear door map pockets w/bottle holders
  • Dual visors w/covered vanity mirrors
  • (3) assist grips -inc: front passenger, dual rear, coat hook
  • Dome lamp w/delay-out
  • Cargo area lamp
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Luggage hook
  • Cargo cover

Entertainment Features

  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (4) speakers, auxiliary input jack, USB port, micro roof antenna
  • SIRIUS satellite radio

Exterior Features

  • 15" x 5.5" steel wheels w/covers
  • P185/65R15 low rolling resistance radial tires
  • Body-color bumpers w/lip
  • Rear spoiler
  • Locking fuel filler door
  • Tailgate trim
  • Black grille w/matching surround
  • 4-lens multi-reflector headlights -inc: black trim bezels
  • 2-lens multi-reflector headlights -inc: black trim bezels
  • Tinted glass
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/mist function
  • Rear window wiper w/washer
  • Body-color door handles
  • Hood insulation

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Hill assist control (HAC)
  • Vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • 2.5-MPH bumpers
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor
  • Front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Front/rear side curtain airbags
  • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions -inc: front height adjustment, front pretensioners, front load limiters, rear emergency locking retractors (ELR)
  • Rear lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Internal emergency trunk release
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Mechanical Features

  • 1.6L DOHC GDI dual CVVT 16-valve I4 engine -inc: variable intake system (VIS), aluminum block & head, engine cover
  • Active ECO system
  • 6-speed manual transmission -inc: hydraulic clutch w/clutch lock
  • 6-speed automatic transmission -inc: auto shift lock, ignition key interlock, H-matic
  • Front wheel drive
  • 36 amp-hour battery w/battery saver
  • Smart alternator w/alternator management system (AMS)
  • MacPherson strut front suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Coupled torsion beam axle rear suspension
  • Monotube gas shock absorbers w/coil springs
  • Electric pwr steering
  • Front vented/solid rear disc brakes
  • Tire mobility kit

Options & Packages

Additional Equipment

Pwr pkg ($1,000)

    2012 Kia Rio Owner Reviews

    59 Reviews
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    2012 Kia Rio a spacious sedan.

    2012 Kia Rio LX

    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

    Kia Rio: The perfect car for traveling students.

    2012 Kia Rio LX

    My Kia Rio is a perfect car for my needs. It is compact, efficient and reliable but spacious and comfortable for transporting groups of people! I love the large trunk, roll up windows and comfortable seats. This is my first car, and everything is very adjustable and easy to find, making the transition a very smooth one. I can go very far with a little bit of gas, and even the sound system is easy to use and is great quality. My music is important to me while I drive. The doors lock manually, which can make getting in and out with guests a little more tricky but never an issue. I mostly use my car for transport to school, and it meets my needs perfectly. Overall, the Kia Rio has lots of features and personality and I expect to drive it for a very long time!

    - Emma B

    Good car for commute. Not good for mountain driving or traveling long distances.

    2012 Kia Rio LX

    It's too slow when you press the gas and too slow to stop if you need the brakes to work quickly. It's not good for winter weather, no 4-wheel drive, that is a MUST in Colorado. the windows are wheel down not automatic, which is hard if you want more than the drivers side open. There isn't any way to put things on top of the car, which makes life hard for traveling. I like the feature of having an AV port because I can play music from my phone. I like the features on my steering wheel, adjusting volume, and what I am listening to. I like the size of the vehicle, it's small and compact but is also a hatchback. I wouldn't buy the same car again though, the negatives outweigh the positives for someone who is outdoorsy and drives in the Colorado mountains.

    - Melanie S

    My white 2012 Kia Rio LX GDI Love it

    2012 Kia Rio LX

    Having fuel problems right now! Grr!! But other than that it's a good car my three babies all fit in the back seat. Big enough for a family of five! The trouble I have is the blind spots you have in the front of the car. When you see no more car on the front you think that's it and you still have car there you just can't see it anymore. Like when you pull up to the sidewalk it disappears do to the blind spots.

    - Jodi S

    Basic review on Kia Rio 2012

    2012 Kia Rio LX

    Small, no space, low to the ground medium truck space, no arm rest, ok on gas, cheap, doesn't feel safe, wouldn't last long, drives smooth, good on highway seats don't give much legroom in back, passenger seat not really adjustable, cheaply made. Good to get around town

    - Asia M

    The best thing about the Kia Rio would be the great gas mileage that it gets.

    2012 Kia Rio LX

    It's very comfortable and gets great gas mileage but isn't great if you have children there is not a lot of room then. The room in the trunk is good depending on what you are needing to transport. I am able to get a few lawn chairs and a large stroller in the back!

    - Kaitlyn C

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