2001 Kia Rio Engine Information

The Rio was introduced to the Kia lineup in 2001. The Sephia was essentially the Festiva and was replaced with the Rio.


Incongruity was not stuff of the 2001 Kia Rio's offering. The motorcar was available in one mannequin trim constant and with one engine.

Offered as an entry-level vehicle to the Kia Trade-mark, the Rio was classified by the EPA as a "compact vehivle." The Rio was one of the least-expensive vehicles in its congregation and if basic transportation without a group of amenities. Among its absence of amenities was a Election of engines.


Vehicles with the Kia nameplate arrived in the USA in 1994, with the Sephia representation. The Kia nameplate may posses been just out to the U.S. in 1994, on the other hand a vehicle manufactured by Kia had been available from 1987 to 1992: The Ford Festiva.

The engine was paired to a five-speed textbook transmission, with a four-speed automatic as an available possibility. The engine passed aptitude, completed either transmission, to the front-wheels of the Rio.


The 2001 Kia Rio was equipped with a 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder (I-4) engine. The I-4 produced an uninspiring 96 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and and 98 foot-lbs. of torque at 4,500 rpm. When mated to the automatic transmission the engine received an EPA estimated 25 mpg metropolis and 31 mpg highway. Notebook transmission were estimated to get 27 mpg metropolis and 32 mpg highway.


The 1.5-liter I-4 was equipped with a dual overhead cam and 16-valves. The naturally aspirated engine too featured a Muzzle of 2.97 inches, stroke of 3.28 inches and a compression ratio of 9.5:1.

Expert Insight

Edmunds advises against buying a 2001 Kia Rio on the used van marketplace, in bite in that of the engine. "Although the Rio's low residual assessment makes it convincingly cheap on the used market, this is not a van we can reccomend," Edmunds says on its website. "If you are determined to buy a used Kia Rio, it's best to go with a 2003 or newer model, as these benefited from a more powerful engine (104 hp versus 96)."