Kia Rio 5-door named “Subcompact Car of the Year” by FAMA’s Mujeres Al Volante image

The Japanese Kia Rio in its five-door version has just been named the Subcompact Car of the Year by FAMA’s Mujeres Al Volante.

According to the award giving publication, the five-door Kia Rio has been recognized for its “tremendous value”, safety features and the “fun-to-drive” performance. FAMA is a leading modern lifestyle magazine in Spanish and Mujeres Al Volante is awarding honor vehicles which are able to meet the priorities of Hispanic women in the U.S.

“The Subcompact of the Year award for the all-new Rio five-door from Mujeres Al Volante is the latest example of the impact the Kia brand is having in the U.S. market with unprecedented growth and an exciting lineup of vehicles that deliver cutting-edge technology, eye-catching design and class-leading fuel economy”, said the vice president of marketing and communications within Kia, Michael Sprague.

As a reminder, the 2012 Kia Rio is available in three trim levels, the LX, the EX and the SX, coming with the 1.6 liter GDI (Gasoline direct Injection) four-cylinder engine, which is developing a total output of 138 horsepower while returning 30/40 mpg in city/highway. The engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.