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Kia Rio offers sporty hatchback
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The 2012 Kia Rio LX not only gets good gas mileage try an estimated 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway but also comes with an audio system with auxiliary and USB inputs. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

The 2012 Kia Rio LX is a sporty five-door hatchback now available at Kia Country, 1515 N. Main St., Manteca.

Remodeled for this year, Kia has received plenty of positive reviews thus far.

It’s now a shapely hatchback powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with a gas direct injection system coupled with electric power steering and 15-inch steel wheel covers.

The Rio also comes in a sedan.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, this Kia gets an estimated 30 miles per gallon city, 40 mpg highway (those numbers may vary based on driving habits).

The Rio also comes equipped with plenty of safety features, from the dual front advanced air bags and front seat-mounted air bags to the full-length side-curtain air bags.

In addition, this vehicle has three-point belts that serve as a safety harness for all passengers; traction control system; anti-lock brakes; electronic stability control; and hill assist control.

The Rio boasts a decent audio system. It’s an AM/FM/CD/MP3 with USB and auxiliary input jacks.

Other features include the 60/40 split folding rear seats, trip computer, and the tilt steering wheel with the mounted audio control.

As for the extras, the Kia can be had with XM Satellite radio, power windows and doors, and the remote keyless entry system.

More information on the 2012 Rio can be obtained by calling Kia Country at 209-239-6203 or logging on to