A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Kia Rio

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection
Service Area

$99.00

Upfront, Transparent Price
Average rating from 4,365 customers who received a Pre-purchase Car Inspection.

The Kia Rio has a new style and look for to attract buyers and compete in the subcompact car ranks. It offers outstanding fuel economy with great value that has a nice price tag for a variety of budgets. The Rio is fun to drive on the highway and in the city. Even with its small size, the vehicle is comfortable to ride in while still having a sporty feel. The seats are comfortable and road noise is minimal, which also makes for a nice drive. Whether you are looking for a family vehicle or something to drive around two, the Kia Rio offers good fuel economy with a touch of luxury.

Key Features

The Rio comes with a 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine that offers 138hp. It will get you around 29 mpg while driving in the city and 37 mpg while driving on the highway. It has a six speed automatic transmission along with USB input, air conditioning, and steering wheel controls for the speakers. Power windows and door locks are optional and do not come standard.

Changes for 2012

The Kia Rio has lowered its price along with being available in a five door hatchback or a four door sedan. A new engine was also added along with technology features that everyone will love.

What We Like

The look of the Kia Rio really sets it apart from its competitors, such as the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and the Ford Fiesta. The list of available features is impressive as well, which include a navigation system, Bluetooth, push button start, rear view camera, leather seating, and a voice-activated infotainment system. While these do not come standard, it is nice to have them as an option.

What Concerns Us

The Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta offer a little more when it comes to cargo capacity and driving fun. The Rio is a well-rounded car, but it just does not stand up to its competitors in these areas.

Available Models

The Kia Rio offers an SX Premium Package which has a push button start with a Smart Key, leather surfaces, navigation system, a moonroof, and heated seats. The ECO package include the Idle Stop and Go technology for even more fuel efficient driving.

Major Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2012 Kia Rio.

Common Issues

Common consumer complaints include the air conditioning not working, the engine light turning on, poor fuel economy, and the key/remote breaking.

Kia Rio 2012 Interior


Next Step

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Pre-purchase Car Inspection. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Pre-purchase Car Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Pre-purchase Car Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,365

Rating Summary
4,059
168
34
34
70
4,059
168
34
34
70

Damian

10 years of experience
416 reviews
Damian
10 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Merritt Island, Florida
On time and found this car to be a very good buy. Suggested that I have a front end brake job, and the dealer is doing that for me as part of the deal. I am very pleased with the inspection Damian has provided and will call again in the future.
Toyota Corolla - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Melbourne, Florida
Honest and personable, and knowledgeable. Good experience having Damian look over a vehicle I am considering.

Willie

23 years of experience
25 reviews
Willie
23 years of experience
Dodge Avenger - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Long Beach, California
Willie is a hard and reliable worker. Fixed the problem. 3rd experience with him I think. Very satisfied
Kia Spectra - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - South Gate, California
Thanks Willie, for your professional and personal service with this inspection and following up with me by phone! I really appreciate your efforts. You found things that I did not find when I test drove the car and as a result, I decided NOT to buy that car. I informed the dealership contact that I had regarding why I did not buy that car and gave them feedback on improving their own service for the future. I feel the money for the inspection was well spent as I could have made a big mistake and might have bought that car. Thanks to you, I avoided that potential problem. I have since gotten another car and feel good about. You helped me a lot and I thank you again! It is not fun to have one's own car totalled through no fault of your own and HAVE to buy a used car to replace in a short time, like I had to do. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you! ....Roseann

Benji

21 years of experience
94 reviews
Benji
21 years of experience
Ford Thunderbird - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Phoenix, Arizona
This is the second time this week that Benji has inspected a car for me before purchase. His reports are clear and thorough, saving me a lot of money from buying a lemon. He is dependable and honest. Even after the inspections, I kept contacting him with question after question. He answers them all and even sends me additional information. I totally recommend him!
Ford Thunderbird - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Mesa, Arizona
Benji went through a flooding situation to inspect my car. His inspection was thorough and professional. I emailed him numerous times, and he answered each and every one of them. He even has a good sense of humor. Thanks to his hard work and thorough inspection, I was saved from buying a potential lemon. Thanks, Benji.

Attila

18 years of experience
490 reviews
Attila
18 years of experience
Subaru WRX - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Elmwood Park, New Jersey
It was once of the best experience I've had buying a car. I felt more confident then nervous and I would 100% recommend this
Volkswagen CC - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Little Ferry, New Jersey
Attila was absolutely amazing! Very knowledgeable and went over and beyond to give me clarity regarding a vehicle I am planning to purchase. He was very competent and did a thorough pre-purchase inspection for a VW CC. Excellent people-skills!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE