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Last week I was fortunate enough to test drive the 2012 Kia Rio EX 5-door. I will never forget my reaction upon first glance. I couldn’t believe how adorable and sporty the Rio was. Kia has really vamped up the 2012 Rio and it is definitely impressive. This compact car delivers incredible features at an affordable price.

Kia did a great job at nailing what you would expect to find in a sporty car. For example, the 2012 Kia Rio EX 5-Door has specially designed 15-inch alloy wheels to add to it’s track-inspired look.

Along with the wheels, Kia offers a gearshift knob option that allows you to switch from an automatic to a manual giving you full control of the vehicle.

Don’t let the word compact deceive you. The Rio 5-door had plenty of room throughout the car! The whole family was comfortable, which is a big deal for us. We got rid of my old car because my husband couldn’t fit in the front seat comfortably when our children were in the car. We had no problem with this car and really enjoyed driving around as a family in it.

The trunk space in the car is a decent size. I wouldn’t go putting my jogging stroller in it, but I can easily store my lightweight stroller and pack in the groceries. The back seats can even fold down, giving you more room to store items that may not fit normally.


My Favorite Features of the 2012 Kia Rio EX 5-door.

One of my favorite things in this car is right in the dashboard. With the push of a button you can easily see how many miles you have left in your tank and you can even see how many mpg you are averaging. As gas prices are on the rise, I think it’s great to really see how many mpg you are getting in your vehicle.

As simple as this is, it was probably one of my favorite features of the 2012 Rio 5-door. It is the perfect spot to store a phone while driving, keeping it from sliding around and to truly optimize being hands-free. This could easily be used for extra storage. I also love the fact that I can set any loose change in it and easily cover it with a notepad, keeping those valuable items out of sight while running around during errands.

The Kia Rio EX 5-door would not only make a great car for commuting, but it would be a fantastic car to get for your child for either their 16th birthday or as a graduation present. I consider myself to be somewhat of a frugal parent. I will spend the money if I have to, but I’m always looking for options to improve our savings. The 2012 Kia Rio 5-door starts at only $13,600, making this an excellent car for its value.

If you’re worried about the safety of your child, I can tell you this: Kia has you covered! The 5-door is equipped with airbags throughout the car. Their active safety systems are engineered to help avoid accidents, and its passive systems are designed to help minimize injuries when they’re avoidable. This means front to back and top to bottom, every Rio 5-door is engineered to help enhance everyone’s well being.

The 2012 Kia Rio 5-door gets 30 mpg(city) and 40mpg (hwy). Check out their website to learn more and to start building your next car!

Big thanks to Kia for providing me with a Kia Rio to review! All opinions are my own.