Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Kia Rio Eco

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Kia Rio Eco
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Kia was one of the first mass-market auto brands to introduce LED daytime running lights to its lineup, and once again the Korean brand is bringing technology usually reserved for luxury cars into its Rio sub-compact in the form of Stop/Start. Continue Reading...

Kia Soul EV Expected in Late 2014, Early 2015

Kia Soul EV Expected in Late 2014, Early 2015
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Kia has made some major changes to its model lineup over the last couple of years, launching the Cadenza sedan, a redesigned Forte, and refreshed Optima, but that’s just the beginning for the Korean automaker. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Cheapest Hatchbacks

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Top 10 Cheapest Hatchbacks
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Hatchbacks have a ton of versatility and use, and they’re also quite affordable, not to mention fuel efficient. When it comes to the most affordable hatchback, there’s quite a few options out there. Unlike the Honda GEAR concept pictured above (which could preview a new affordable subcompact for the Japanese brand) all the cars on… Continue Reading...

Kia Justice League Concepts Unveiling at SEMA – Video

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A couple of weeks ago, Kia debuted five Justice League concept models at the 2012 SEMA Show, and now the Korean automaker has released a video of the unveiling. Continue Reading...

2013 Kia Rio SX Hatchback Gets Limited Run Stick Shift

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2013 Kia Rio SX Hatchback Gets Limited Run Stick Shift
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Kia has decided to produce a limited production run of 2013 Rio SX hatchback models equipped with six-speed manual transmissions, undoubtedly responding to the demands made by consumer interest. Continue Reading...

LED Lights Go Mainstream for a Reason: from Luxury Rides to Economy Cars

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LED Lights Go Mainstream for a Reason: from Luxury Rides to Economy Cars
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Considering their prevalence today, it’s easy to forget that just five years ago we saw our first set of LED headlights on a production vehicle. Even back then car makers were putting LEDs on concept cars to dazzle show-goers and catch the eyes of the media. But today, LED (light-emitting diode) lights are no longer… Continue Reading...

Kia Rio Tops Consumer Reports List of Sub Compact Sedans

Kia Rio Tops Consumer Reports List of Sub Compact Sedans
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The Kia Rio EX got top honors in Consumer Reports’ latest tests in the sub-compact sedan category, besting the Hyundai Accent and the Chevrolet Sonic. Consumer Reports found the Kia Rio a solid and well-equipped car with nimble handling, simple controls and plenty of features for the price. Their test vehicle was a Kia Rio… Continue Reading...

2012 Women’s World Car of the Year Short List Announced

2012 Women’s World Car of the Year Short List Announced
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The 2012 Women’s World Car of the Year short list has just been announced, and women motoring writers from around the world will begin voting for their top picks. Cutting a list of contenders from 300 down to 32, judges will now allocate points to the nominated cars that fall into four categories: Family Car,… Continue Reading...

Kia Rio 3-Door Announced for Europe, America Misses Out

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Kia Rio 3-Door Announced for Europe, America Misses Out
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Similar to the Ford Fiesta, Europeans will be able to enjoy the cooler and more fun 3-door Kia Rio while Americans are stuck with the less-cool 5-door and downright dull sedan variants. The Kia Rio 3-door has gone on sale in Europe, starting at £9,995 or around $15,715 based on recent conversation rates. The 3-door model… Continue Reading...

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Gets Top Safety Ratings

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Gets Top Safety Ratings
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The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is besting the competition for safety ratings, for now. The little sub-compact Sonic scored a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to beat out the Ford Fiesta, which only scored four out of five. Safety isn’t the only thing we’re pleased to say makes the Sonic great, it’s a… Continue Reading...

Michelle Wie, Blake Griffin Inspired Custom Kias Revealed: 2011 SEMA Show

Michelle Wie, Blake Griffin Inspired Custom Kias Revealed: 2011 SEMA Show
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Kia has unveiled four custom models at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas today, with each car featuring a different sport as its theme. A custom Soul, built by West Coast Customs, is inspired by Michelle Wie, Kia’s official golf ambassador. A Rio 5-Door was built in partnership with Antenna featuring a Retro Surf theme…. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy

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Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy
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You can sound polite and say “inexpensive” but if you’re strapped for cash, the most important question when shopping for a new car is: what’s the cheapest car on the market? AutoGuide has got the answer, along with the nine runners up. Toyota‘s warmed-over Yaris makes the 10th spot on our list with a base… Continue Reading...

Kia Rio 5-Door B-Spec Race Car Planned for SEMA Show Debut

Kia Rio 5-Door B-Spec Race Car Planned for SEMA Show Debut
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Kia will be joining in on the B-Spec racing series fun by offering race-prepped versions of the new 2012 Rio 5-door, joining the likes of the Mazda2 and Honda Fit. The B-Spec racing series is designed for low-budget racing enthusiasts featuring compact hatchbacks with little to no engine modifications. Kia will be working with Kinetic… Continue Reading...

Kia To Focus On Quality Ahead Of Lineup Expansion

Kia To Focus On Quality Ahead Of Lineup Expansion
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Kia will hold off on expanding its production facilities and sales targets in favor of improving the quality of its vehicles, CEO Lee Sam-ung told Automotive News at a launch event for its new Rio hatchback. “Quantitative growth is important, but qualitative growth is also important. We plan to focus on improving product quality and… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Priced From $13,600

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2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Priced From $13,600
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Kia will launch their 2012 Rio Hatchback with a starting price of $13,600, plus a $750 destination charge (bringing the total to $14,350). The base car will come only with a manual gearbox, while an automatic transmission equipped version will cost $14,700 ($15,540 with destination included) while the top-of-the-line SX model will set you back… Continue Reading...

Kia To Debut 2012 Rio, Updated Soul At New York Auto Show

Kia To Debut 2012 Rio, Updated Soul At New York Auto Show
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The 2012 Kia Rio and a facelifted Soul will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show next week. The Rio and its five-door hatch Rio5 will get the same design language and H-shaped grille as the rest of the Kia lineup. The Rio sedan was last shown at Geneva, but the Rio5 hatchback will… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio Sedan To Debut At New York Auto Show

2012 Kia Rio Sedan To Debut At New York Auto Show
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Autoblog has revealed that the 2012 Kia Rio will make its debut at this April’s New York Auto Show, with an expected 1.4L 4-cylinder making 108 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque. Expected transmissions are a 6-speed manual and an automatic, rumored to be a 4-speed. The sedan will complement the hatchback previously revealed at… Continue Reading...

Kia Rio Hot Hatch Under Consideration to Spice Up Brand’s Image

Kia Rio Hot Hatch Under Consideration to Spice Up Brand’s Image
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Kia‘s new designs are helping brand the Korean automaker in a more positive light, particularly here in North America with the stylish new Optima. But in other parts of the world mid-size sedan’s don’t hold the same cache, nor do they sell all that well, so Kia is looking at alternative ways to create a… Continue Reading...

Geneva 2011: Kia Rio Revealed

Geneva 2011: Kia Rio Revealed
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The Kia Rio used to have the ignominious honor of being a “penalty box”, a car you didn’t want to spend time in unless absolutely necessary. But with the upswing in quality from Kia, and shared underpinnings from the promising new Hyundai Accent, the all-new Rio, shown for the first time at the Geneva Auto… Continue Reading...
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