2004 Kia Optima

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12 reviews
Available Price Range $829-$6,085 Trims4 Combined MPG 23-26 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2004 Kia Optima

Our Take

Kia moved upscale during the 2000 model year when it began offering the midsize Optima sedan, which was based on the front-wheel-drive Hyundai Sonata. The Optima's styling differed from the So... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Resale value
  • Uncertain reliability record
  • Inconsistent automatic-transmission operation

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty


Consumer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

Based on 12 reviews

Decent Car, Very Reliable!!!

by USAdave04 from Fredericksburg, VA on April 8, 2011

I have owned this car for the past 4 years and although not its not going to turn any heads and will never compete in a drag race it is a very good car. In the time that I have owned this car I have o... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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