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2001 Kia Sephia

$306 — $6,194 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The subcompact Sephia sedan returns unchanged from last year but now has a hatchback cousin in the new Spectra. Kia added the front-drive Spectra for 2001, and the main difference is its hatchback styling.

Korea-based Kia is owned by Hyundai but maintains a separate dealer network. Hyundai’s ownership shows in the new warranty for 2001. The whole vehicle is covered for five years/60,000 miles, along with major powertrain components for 10 years/100,000 miles and corrosion for five years/100,000 miles. All Hyundai models are covered under this warranty, which includes free roadside assistance for the first five years.



Exterior
The conservatively styled Sephia comes only as a four-door and measures 174.4 inches overall — about the same length as the Honda Civic.



Interior
The Sephia comes in base and LS price levels. The LS boasts several features not available on the base, which include all-cloth seats (instead of cloth and vinyl), a tilt steering column, a 60/40 split rear seatback that folds for extra cargo room and a tilt feature for the driver’s seat.

An optional Power Package for the LS adds air conditioning, cruise control, a tachometer, and power locks, windows and mirrors.

Under the Hood
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 125 horsepower is the only engine choice. Consumers get the choice of a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide
Vehicle Overview
The subcompact Sephia sedan returns unchanged from last year but now has a hatchback cousin in the new Spectra. Kia added the front-drive Spectra for 2001, and the main difference is its hatchback styling.

Korea-based Kia is owned by Hyundai but maintains a separate dealer network. Hyundai’s ownership shows in the new warranty for 2001. The whole vehicle is covered for five years/60,000 miles, along with major powertrain components for 10 years/100,000 miles and corrosion for five years/100,000 miles. All Hyundai models are covered under this warranty, which includes free roadside assistance for the first five years.



Exterior
The conservatively styled Sephia comes only as a four-door and measures 174.4 inches overall — about the same length as the Honda Civic.



Interior
The Sephia comes in base and LS price levels. The LS boasts several features not available on the base, which include all-cloth seats (instead of cloth and vinyl), a tilt steering column, a 60/40 split rear seatback that folds for extra cargo room and a tilt feature for the driver’s seat.

An optional Power Package for the LS adds air conditioning, cruise control, a tachometer, and power locks, windows and mirrors.

Under the Hood
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 125 horsepower is the only engine choice. Consumers get the choice of a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.5
12 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(2.8)
Performance
(3.2)
Interior Design
(2.7)
Comfort
(2.6)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(3.8)

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(5.0)

Most reliable car I've owned I love this car

by PureFun1 from Phoenix, Arizona on November 6, 2018

I have owned this car since 2001 when it first came out I've seen many bad reviews on this model people complaining about this car. But people tend to forget that a car supposed to have the right ... Read full review

(5.0)

Only made ONE major ?repair?

by FlipflopMawmaw from Centralia WA on January 11, 2018

Our Sephia?s life before us was as a rental car. We purchased this car in 2007. The only thing repaire-wise was the water pump. It had a ?hitch? with its transmission after a while but we didn?t fuss ... Read full review

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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 Sephia 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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