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2007 Kia Optima

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$1,432 — $6,744 USED
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5 Seats
26-29 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Lots of standard features
  • More powerful four-cylinder than predecessor

The Bad

  • Styling is derivative

What to Know

about the 2007 Kia Optima
  • Choice of four-cylinder or V-6
  • Optional stability system

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2007 Kia Optima Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
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 trim levels.

Exterior
Although the new Optima’s exterior styling doesn’t break any new ground in the passenger car segment, it’s well proportioned overall. An Appearance Package features 17-inch wheels and a blacked-out grille and headlights. V-6-powered Optimas have dual exhaust pipes. Trunk volume measures 14.8 cubic feet, which is less than that of its competitors.

Interior
Front bucket seats and a three-place, split-folding rear bench seat provide seating for up to five people. Air conditioning, power windows and locks, heated mirrors, and a six-speaker CD stereo are standard. EX models add an eight-way power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, a premium audio system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Leather seats are optional.

Under the Hood
The Optima’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 162 horsepower and 164 pounds-feet of torque — significant power and torque gains over the 2.4-liter four-cylinder in the outgoing Optima. Also offered is a 185-hp, 2.7-liter V-6. Available transmissions include a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic that has a manual-shift mode.

Safety
All-disc brakes, side-impact airbags, side curtain airba...

Vehicle Overview
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 trim levels.

Exterior
Although the new Optima’s exterior styling doesn’t break any new ground in the passenger car segment, it’s well proportioned overall. An Appearance Package features 17-inch wheels and a blacked-out grille and headlights. V-6-powered Optimas have dual exhaust pipes. Trunk volume measures 14.8 cubic feet, which is less than that of its competitors.

Interior
Front bucket seats and a three-place, split-folding rear bench seat provide seating for up to five people. Air conditioning, power windows and locks, heated mirrors, and a six-speaker CD stereo are standard. EX models add an eight-way power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, a premium audio system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Leather seats are optional.

Under the Hood
The Optima’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 162 horsepower and 164 pounds-feet of torque — significant power and torque gains over the 2.4-liter four-cylinder in the outgoing Optima. Also offered is a 185-hp, 2.7-liter V-6. Available transmissions include a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic that has a manual-shift mode.

Safety
All-disc brakes, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard. Antilock brakes, traction control, an electronic stability system and brake assist are optional.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
29 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(3.0)

Beware of recalls!!

by Linus Po from Madison, Al on March 7, 2019

Bought my 2007 Kia Optima LX 5 years ago. I had no issues with the car until last year when the ignition key seized up and I was unable to turn it to start my car. Last week I was involved in a car ... Read full review

(4.0)

This car has been a major blessing for me!!

by QueenWilliams from MONROE,Ga on February 10, 2019

This vehicle has been an extreme blessing to me. I bought it from a friend with 169 thousand miles about 9 mons ago and now it has 182 thousand and still pushing like a champ! I drove my daughter to ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2007 Kia Optima currently has 2 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Optima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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