2012 Kia Rio’s Choose A Super Model>

Ladies you can pick your Super Model, I’ll take the one with the washboard abs, square shoulders and firm…bucket seats. The completely redesigned 2012 Kia Rio comes in two functional, compact body styles — the versatile 5-door hatchback, and the traditional four-door sedan. During our recent test drives, Her Highway’s editors enjoyed the crisp cornering and ample acceleration of both of these cute new Kia models.

As a brand, Kia has made giant leaps of progress in recent years, and they’re increasing their market share in the competitive, compact car arena. After driving the 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door, it’s easy to see why. The updated interior is very nicely designed, with durable rubber coating on many of the touch surfaces. The thick, adjustable steering wheel is sporty and inspires confidence when you wrap your hands around it. And the firmly cushion bucket seats are comfortable and supportive.

We drove the Kia Rio hatchback with EX trim level, which included leather seating, a back-up camera, attractive alloy wheels and more! Under the hood, the new Rio is no slouch. The inline four-cylinder engine produces 138 horsepower — plenty for its diminutive size and weight — while offering great fuel economy numbers of 30 estimated MPG in city driving and 40 on the highway! With its close tolerance, tight fitting doors, this little compact did a nice job of minimizing road and wind noise even at freeway speeds. And the antilock brakes stopped on a dime.

The five-door hatchback model makes good sense for gals with active lifestyles. With the rear seats in the folded position, you can toss your beach gear, snowboards and boots, maybe even your bike; or a boatload of new shoes and outfits from your favorite shopping mall. With the rear seat in the upright position, you’ll still have room to stash a couple of pieces of soft luggage or shopping cart of groceries.

For gals who prefer the more elegant bodylines of a compact sedan, there’s a Kia Rio for you, too. The 2012 Kia Rio Sedan is available with the same power train and virtually all the same options that come with the 5-door hatchback. The back seat offers three sets of seat belts, so all three children or dogs can fit. Both of these 2012 Kia Rio models come with solid safety features, such as driver and passenger front and side head airbags, rear head and side airbags, 4-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability control, child safety locks and more.

The 2012 Kia Rio hatchback and sedan offer an impressive blend of style, fuel economy, safety and functionality. For pricing, options and local availability, click here.

Editor’s notes:
Top features: Peppy 138 HP inline four-cylinder engine rated at 30 city and 40 highway MPG
Kudos: Great job to the engineers who collaborated on the major remodel of new Rio hatchback and sedan.

Editor in Chief Christina Selter