Last week’s photo showed the 2012 Kia Rio, a stylish little vehicle that is the Korean manufacturer’s latest in a revamped lineup. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Jerry Paul, of Evans. He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle.
Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “This is Kia’s lowest-price/highest-mpg offering, although the shown teaser shot is the most expensive version with the SX Premium Package Trim; however, for this trim level, this is a very nicely equipped car for the slightly more than $18,000 price this version would most likely go for.
“Kia and Hyundai have been making inroads into this market for quite a while now and are probably in a position that the traditional small car powerhouses of Toyota and Honda never thought possible.
“I am now seeing both Kia and Hyundai television commercials inviting buyers to come in and “step up” to their brand. Honda earlier this year was reportedly stepping up redesign plans of its Civic bread-and-butter offering because it was getting beat up in sales by the seemingly endlessly evolving Kia/Hyundai marketing machine.
“My son has a 2009 Hyundai Elantra that so far has been trouble-free for him; however, he has a friend that has not been quite so lucky. The friend appears to be on a 18-24 month replacement plan with a parade of $2,000 to $3,500 older-model entry-level Nissans, Hyundais, Kias and even a Daewoo, I believe.
“He does not exactly take care of them as well as he should, and he has a part-time job delivering pizza – both excellent plans to an early grave for any kind of car. Maybe in a couple of more cycles, he’ll be up to one of these later-model versions that may stand up better to his abuse.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “Refreshed for 2012, the Rio sedan now wears the same ‘Tiger’ grille seen on its larger Optima sibling. In fact, the Rio sedan favors its big brother in several key areas, including the front and rear fascia, tail lamps and the sculpted front door body lines. One might even think of it as a two-thirds scale Optima.
“With power provided by a direct-injected 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinder mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the sedan is rated at 40 miles per gallon on the highway and a still-respectable 30 miles per gallon in the city. This drivetrain also powers the corporate cousin, the Hyundai Accent, with similar mileage results.
“I have been a Hyundai/Kia fan for at least 12 years, having owned a 2001 Hyundai Elantra GT for several years. Friends and co-workers once poked fun at my little Elantra, but the tide of public sentiment has shifted in recent years with many consumers now viewing these Korean cars much the way I have for more than a decade. They are well-built, competitively priced and smartly styled vehicles that provide unsurpassed ‘bang-for-the-buck.’ ”
EVANS: Wayne Wilke wrote: “The 2012 Kia Rio has a 1.6-liter, 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine and offers a six-speed automatic transmission. It is a corporate cousin of the Hyundai Accent, and both the Rio and Accent are attractive subcompact cars.
Also, Woody Rogers
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller and Jim Muraski (who also correctly guessed last week’s Nissan NV but whose entry was inadvertently omitted).