(4.3) 17 reviews
MSRP: $1,578$7,494
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


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


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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 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


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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