(4.0) 11 reviews
MSRP: $716$6,276
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
2005 Kia Optima

Our Take on the 2005 Kia Optima

Our Take

Kia moved upscale during the 2001 model year when it launched the midsize Optima sedan, which was based on the front-wheel-drive Hyundai Sonata. The Optima's styling differed from the Sonata's, but the two models shared engines and other major components.A new grille went on 2004 models... 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
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 11 reviews

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2005 Kia Optima

by KiaLover from Harrisburg, PA on January 21, 2010

I'm very happy with my 2005 Kia Optima. I bought it used with just less than 60,000 miles on it. I found myself in a tight spot. My other car had major engine trouble unexpectedly and I wasn't prepare... 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


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2005 Kia Optima.

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