2012 Kia Rio 5-Door Hatchback Starts at $13,600

Kia has announced the pricing for the all-new 2012 Kia Rio 5-door hatchback, which starts at $13,600 for the base model with a manual transmission. Adding an automatic transmission pushes the price up to $14,700. The 2012 Rio’s starting price is now lower than the outgoing model.

The 2012 Rio comes standard with air conditioning, electric power steering, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary ports and SiriusXM satellite radio. The top of the line Rio EX starts under $18,000 and comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamp and tail light accents, a sport-tuned suspension with larger front brakes, projection headlamps, twin chrome exhaust tips, fog lamps, and a standard voice-activated infotainment system with a 4.3-inch color touch screen and rear camera display.

All 2012 Rio trims are powered by a 138 horsepower 1.6L four-cylinder engine. The base LX model can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while the other trim levels come standard with the automatic. Start-stop technology is also offered on the Rio, which Kia refers to as ISG. The Kia Rio with the ISG technology gets 31/40 mpg.

Kia hasn’t announced the pricing for the Rio sedan.