2012 Kia Rio, Optima get MotorWeek best subcompact, midsize honors

James Raia

The 2012 Kia Rio and Kia Optima have been designated with Drivers' Choice Awards as the best subcompact and midsize sedan by MotorWeek at the Chicago Auto Show.

The long-running television program recognized the Kia models for their performance, fuel efficiency and overall value.

The Rio and Optima bring many convenience features to their respective segments, including Bluetooth wireless technology with steering wheel-mounted controls, USB and auxiliary input jacks and SiriusXM satellite radio capabilities with three months complimentary service.

2012 Kia Rio, Optima get MotorWeek best subcompact, midsize honors 1

The annual MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards represent the editors' best automotive picks for a range of lifestyles. This year, a team of 15 judges comprised of MotorWeek's editorial staff, evaluated more than 150 cars, trucks and utility vehicles. Decisions are based on performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency and dollar value. The winners represent what MotorWeek considers to be the best in each class.

The 2012 Kia Rio is available in LX, EX and SX trims, all with a 1.6-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engin. The Rio features a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or six-speed automatic. Gas mileage is an EPA estimated 30/40 mpg (city/highway).

The 2012 KIa Optima features the same trims with standard equipment that includes cruise control, USB port, satellite radio dual-zone climate control and smart-key system. Options include leather trim, a panoramic sunroof and Infinity audio. Heated-and-cooled front seats are available in mid-level EX or SX trims.

Article Last Updated: February 12, 2012.

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