• (4.0) 11 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $923–$5,175
  • 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 Latest Model 2005 Kia Optima

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

2005 Kia Optima Reviews

Vehicle Overview
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. For 2005, the Optima features new clear-lens front turn signals and meets LEV-II emissions standards. The EX edition adds a one-touch sunroof and stitched leather seating surfaces. Optimas come with either a four-cylinder or V-6. A four-speed-automatic transmission is available.

Kia is owned by Hyundai � South Korea's largest automaker � but the companies maintain totally separate brand identities and dealer networks. Kia's warranty covers the entire vehicle for five years/60,000 miles and major powertrain components for 10 years/100,000 miles.


Exterior
Even though Kia borrowed some styling touches and certain major components from the Sonata, the Optima has a unique nose and grille, which is the main visible difference between the two cars. Both vehicles have a 106.3-inch wheelbase, but at 185.8 inches long overall, the Optima is a tad shorter than the Sonata and several inches shorter than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Interior
Front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench allow the Optima to seat up to five occupants. A folding rear seat expands maximum cargo space beyond the trunk's 13.6-cubic-foot capacity. The rear armrest offers additional storage space.

Standard equipment for the base LX model includes air conditioning, cruise control, a CD stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The EX sedan adds a power moonroof, remote keyless entry, and a stereo system with cassette and CD players, among other features. An eight-way power driver's seat in the EX includes lumbar support.


Under the Hood
Both the LX and EX are offered with a choice of engines: a 138-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 170-hp, 2.7-liter V-6. A four-cylinder LX sedan can be equipped with either a five-speed-manual or four-speed-automatic transmission. Other models are available only with the automatic, which incorporates adaptive logic and a provision for manually selected gear changes.

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional on models equipped with the V-6. Side-impact airbags are standard, which places Kia ahead of some competitors.

Driving Impressions
A smooth ride leads the list of Optima merits. The car glides neatly over moderate bumps without transmitting much commotion to occupants, but rougher surfaces begin to impair its composure. The Optima is easy to maneuver and exhibits excellent highway stability. Acceleration with the V-6 is well beyond adequate, and the automatic transmission responds well even though an abrupt downshift can occasionally occur at lower speeds.

The seats are somewhat firm but comfortable. All told, few faults come to mind after a lengthy drive. In overall competence, Kia's midsize model comes surprisingly close to the level of the Accord and Camry. Throw in its modest price, and the Optima serves as an appealing contender.


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I absolutely love it!

by JAW066 from on June 19, 2017

I have owned my car for about 2 years and the only things I've had to do is replace a thermostat, get oil changes, and buy tires. Otherwise I've done no maintenance. I have but 3 deer with the car and... Read Full Review

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