• (4.0) 11 reviews
  • MSRP: $359$5,747
  • 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


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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

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