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Kia prices all-new 2012 Rio sedan from $14,150

by Mark Kleis

Priced just below its Rio5 platform-mate, the Rio sedan is now ready for price conscious buyers.

Leftlane already brought you pricing info for the redesigned Kia Rio5 hatchback, which starts at $14,350 , but now we also have pricing for the slightly cheaper sedan model as well.

While some subcompacts charge close to $1,000 premiums for the hatchback variant, the price differential comes in at just $200 for the Rio and Rio5, making the 2012 Rio sedan's starting price $14,150, including the mandatory $750 destination charge.

Stepping up to the Rio A/T will add an automatic transmission, but bump the price to $15,250, while the range-topping Rio SX will command a starting price of $18,250. The Rio SX gains niceties such as standard metal pedals, LED front accents lights, LED taillights, Supervisionâ„¢meter cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power-folding outside mirrors, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and UVO voice-activated infotainment system with rear camera display.

The Rio sedan takes on a number of new entrants in the compact hatchback segment, including the Ford Fiesta and the redesigned Chevrolet Aveo-turned-Sonic - and likely its strongest asset will be its powertrain developments.

For the new model, the Rio gains a new 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injection four-cylinder that puts out a class-leading 138 horsepower and it can be combined with available start/stop technology that helps reduce urban fuel consumption.

Both six-speed manual (base model only) and six-speed automatic transmissions are available; both are rated at a class-leading 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.