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Used Kia Rio

3rd Generation (2012-2017)


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If you’re looking for an affordable, yet advanced used vehicle, you may want to consider searching for a used Kia Rio for sale at your local car dealership. Currently, in its fourth generation, the Kia Rio has become an increasingly popular subcompact car among consumers. It is efficient, advanced, and modern while remaining affordable even when purchasing new.

Throughout its four generations, the third generation of the Kia Rio is now one of the most popular generations for consumers looking to purchase a used model. The third generation included the 2012-2017 model years, featuring substantial changes in the 2012 model year followed by minor changes through the end of the generation.

All Kia Rio models in the third generation are powered by the same 1.6L 4-cylinder engine, which produces up to 138 hp and offers high fuel economy ratings for the subcompact car class. Every model year of this generation was also known for its spacious interior and incredibly upscale cabin. From the 2012-2017 model years, the entertainment suite onboard the Kia Rio gradually upgraded, eventually offering advanced features like a 7-inch touchscreen display, navigation, Bluetooth, and voice recognition technology.

The third generation of the Kia Rio was available in three trim levels, including the LX, EX, and SX models. With the exception of the 2017 model, the SX trim offered a 4-door body style. The SX trim level was also the most luxurious trim level, offering features like leather upholstery, heated front seats, and more advanced entertainment technology.

Overall, a used Kia Rio for sale from the third generation offers a high level of technology, efficiency, and premium features at an incredibly affordable price. Even drivers looking to purchase a used Kia Rio SX for its luxury features can find it for a low price at their local used car dealership. It can be difficult to determine which third generation model of the Kia Rio is best for you. To help get you started, let’s take a look at each model year of the third generation Kia Rio and take a closer look at this subcompact car’s many changes and enhancements.

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