• (4.4) 15 reviews
  • MSRP: $512$5,960
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 23-26
  • Engine: 138-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2004 Kia Optima

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 Sonata, but the two models shared engines and other major components.A new grille goes on 2004 Optima ... 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


Average based on 15 reviews

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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

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Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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