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2001 Kia Optima

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$533 — $3,513 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
22-24 MPG
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2001 Kia Optima Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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 ...

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.4
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.7)
Performance
(3.4)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(3.6)
Value For The Money
(3.4)
(2.0)

Waste of money

by Jbass 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. Read full review

(4.0)

Does the Job

by Watched too much Top Gear from Winchester, TN on October 11, 2012

Bought this car (2001 Kia Optima SE V6) at 90k miles and have had it for two years. In a word, this car is average. The engine (V6) is sufficient, but not exactly exciting. The 4-speed automatic ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2001 Kia Optima currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Optima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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