• (4.3) 19 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,548$7,176
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 23-29
  • Engine: 138-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2006 Kia Optima

Our Take on the 2006 Kia Optima

Our Take

Kia's redesigned 2006.5 Optima is a conservatively styled midsize sedan that's available with either four-cylinder or V-6 power. It can be equipped with some uncommon features for its class — like a manual sunshade for the rear window — and is offered in LX and step-up EX tr... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Awful new-car smell
  • Uncomfortable cloth front seats
  • Highway tire noise with 17-inch tires
  • Small trunk pass-thru
  • ABS is optional

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Impressive warranty
  • Optional rear sunshade
  • Optional adjustable pedals

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Optimally, I like to keep as much cash in my pocket as possible without compromising safety and comfort. I keep a delicate balance between the luxuries I desire and the fluff I'm willing to pay for. I'll always gladly investigate any realistic cost-cutting measure that could amount to a small fortune (needed to keep my two children fed, clothed, schooled, entertained ... and the list ... Read full review for the 2006 Kia Optima

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Consumer Reviews

4.3

Average based on 19 reviews

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SO FAR SO GOOD

by new KIA OPTIMA OWNER from oklahoma , oklahoma on April 9, 2007

As with any new car,you must drive and then time will tell. so far no problems and am loving the fuel economy. i bought the car after looking all day and doing alot of comparison shopping and value fo... Read Full Review

8 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

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Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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