New Kia Rio hits magic 40 mpg fuel economy (photos)
Kia launched the latest version of its Rio subcompact car at the New York auto show. The new car uses modern efficiency technologies, such as direct injection and idle stop, to get 40 mpg on the highway.
Kia completely revises its Rio subcompact for the 2012 model year, with a new platform, engine, design, and cabin technology. The new Rio incorporates Kia's tiger nose grille design, working its way across the model lineup. Similar to the outgoing version, Kia will offer a sedan and a five-door hatchback. Pictured above is the hatchback.
Kia describes the new Rio as longer, wider, and lower than the outgoing model. All Rios get a direct-injection 1.6-liter four cylinder, which makes 138 horsepower while turning in fuel efficiency of 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
Kia will offer cabin tech such as a Bluetooth phone system and iPod connectivity in the Rio. The most intriguing feature is UVO, a Microsoft-powered system similar to Ford Sync, in that it offers voice command over paired phones and connected MP3 players.