2001 Kia Rio Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2001 Kia Rio - Road Test Specs

2001 Kia Rio Sedan

(1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2001
Style4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$9,118
As-tested MSRP$10,557


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeinline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)96 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)98 @ 4,500
Transmission type5-speed manual


Tire size, frontP175/70TR13
Tire size, rearP175/70TR13
Brakes, frontfront disc / rear drum

Track Test Results

0-60 mph (sec.)11.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)18.2@76.2
60-0 mph (ft.)153
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)30.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWe had to shift by the speedometer during testing in order to try different shift points since no tachometer was included. With less than 100 horsepower in an economy sedan, you don't expect much in the way of forward motion, and in that respect, it does not disappoint. It does, however, provide adequate performance for the money spent.
Braking commentsOur test vehicle did not have the available ABS, which surely would have provided better stopping numbers. As with any vehicle that is not ABS equipped, you can get the brakes to lock up and provide those smokey tire-eroding slides. Brake pedal feel provided enough feedback to either lock up the brakes or get right to the edge of lockup, also known as threshold braking, but it was tricky riding that line.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)64
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 25/30 Manual 22/30
Edmunds observed (mpg)30
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,242
Length (in.)165.9
Width (in.)65.9
Height (in.)56.7
Wheelbase (in.)94.9
Legroom, front (in.)42.8
Legroom, rear (in.)32.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)9.2


Bumper-to-bumper5 years / 60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years / 100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / 100,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesOptional
Traction controlNot Available
Stability controlNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverGood
NHTSA crash test, passengerGood
NHTSA crash test, side frontAverage
NHTSA crash test, side rearAverage
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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