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Rising gas prices add to Kia Rios appeal
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With gas prices on the rise, it’s no wonder the 2012 Rio is one of the top-selling cars at Kia Country, 1515 N. Main St., Manteca.

Available in a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, this newly remodeled vehicle has European-style influences.

Equally important is the fuel efficiency. This Kia gets an estimated 30 miles per gallon city – the range, based on driving habits, is between 24 mpg to 36 mpg – and 40 mpg (33 mpg to 47 mpg range) highway.

The Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter gas direct injection four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission, riding along smoothly from place to place on the sporty 15-inch steel wheels.

The car has plenty of safety features.

Included are dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, lower anchors and tethers for children, anti-lock brake system, traction control system, vehicle stability management, and hill assist control.

Inside, the Kia has air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, 60/40 split folding rear seat, and trip computer, to name a few.

In addition, the car features Bluetooth wireless technology, tilt and telescopic steering column, and cruise control.

The 2012 Kia Rio can be seen up close and test driven at Kia Country.

More information is available by calling Kia Country at 209-239-6203 or logging on to