• (3.4) 7 reviews
  • MSRP: $750–$6,290
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-24
  • Engine: 149-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2001 Kia Optima

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Vehicle Overview
South Korean manufacturers Kia and Hyundai have posted sizable sales gains in the United States the last two years, and both are expanding their lineups for 2001. Kia already added the Rio and Spectra subcompacts, and by December it intends to introduce the midsize Optima sedan.

The Optima is a clone of the front-drive Hyundai Sonata and will come to Kia showrooms as a result of Hyundai’s ownership of Kia. Hyundai, Korea’s largest automaker, bought Kia last year when the company fell into financial straits. Kia maintains a separate brand identity and dealer network.

Kia vehicles now come with the same warranty as Hyundais. The warranty covers the whole vehicle for five years/60,000 miles, major powertrain components for 10 years/100,000 miles and corrosion for five years/100,000 miles. Owners receive free roadside assistance for the first five years.

Optima prices will be announced in November.

The four-door Optima borrows some of the Sonata’s styling but has a unique nose with a cross-hatch grille as its most distinguishing difference from the Hyundai version. Like the Sonata, it has a 106-inch wheelbase but it is nearly an inch longer at 186 inches — a few inches shorter than the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.

Two front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench give the Optima seats for five, and a folding rear seat will allow expanding cargo space beyond the trunk’s 13-cubic-foot capacity.

Standard equipment on the base LX model includes air conditioning and power windows, locks and mirrors. The SE adds a power moonroof, keyless entry, cruise control, a 120-watt stereo with a CD player, a power driver’s seat and other features.

Under the Hood
The Optima will use the same 149-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 170-hp 2.5-liter V-6 engines as the Sonata and will offer a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions. Antilock brakes will be optional.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Waste of money

by Jbass from on February 28, 2017

I have had to replace the alternator, battery, gas lines, fuel filter, and my a/c compressor needs replaced. My car still dies on me at random points while I am driving.

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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