A sporty rear spoiler can also be added. The front bucket seats are firm, supportive and fairly flat, comfortable and well suited for hours of commuting, with enough fore-and-aft travel to accommodate the longest of legs. Push it really hard and you begin to see more chassis flex than that of the leading brands. Then it's still smooth but it can be heard sonorously churning out power. You get a lot for your money, and unlike earlier Korean attempts at building a mid-size sedan, the Optima achieves a level of sophistication in its engine and chassis that is competitive for its size, and not just its price.
For 2004, the Optima's styling is more sophisticated as well, with a new front end that gives the whole car a more subtle appearance. It's that polished, and the impression doesn't fade once the Optima is underway. Overall a surprisingly reliable car. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. But the Optima offers unique styling, sharing no body panels with the Sonata and offers different features.
Data Unavailable Third Leg Room in. Failed to get data, please try again. Interior Features The Optima's interior is as conventional as its exterior, and there's little here that will either surprise or confound the new driver. I also had problems with my wiper motor bracket it rusted and it would not work my power steering hose sprung a leak, my rear brake pads wore out in less than 6 months and finally a large blister of rust popped out near the left rear wheel well cover. Optima's trunk lid has articulated hinges that don't impinge on luggage space or crush grocery bags, a nice feature. The available leather interior complements the rest of the interior nicely.
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We helped our daughter purchase this car in 2005. Data Unavailable Third Hip Room in. The clutch pedal is easy to operate and it's easy to shift smoothly and. The four-speed automatic is the only transmission available. The V6 surrenders 2-3 miles per gallon, but seems worth it for the smoothness and improved response. Change Vehicle Change Vehicle Change Vehicle Failed to get data, please try again.
Overall, it isn't quite as quiet as the Hyundai Sonata. There are also front and overhead consoles for extra storage compartments. Failed to get data, please try again. That doesn't mean a floaty, imprecise ride. This system is built by Kia, but was designed by Porsche and is similar to the Tiptronic. Engine bore x stroke 3.
Kia Optima is based on the platform of the current Hyundai Sonata and shares the Sonata's engine and suspension layout; if you like one, you'll no doubt like the other. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. The available V6 engine is exceptionally smooth, and works well with the four-speed automatic transmission that comes with it. Some of the panels don't fit flush and the rear ashtray in one car squeaked. The transmission also has a manual-shift feature: Sliding the console-mounted shift lever over to the right allows the driver to shift up and down with a flick of the lever. Side airbag head extension S Front ventilated disc brakes S First aid kit S Side-impact bars S 3 point rear center seatbelt S Compact spare tire S Adjustable front head restraints S Daytime running lights S Front seatbelt pre-tensioners S Front passenger airbag occupancy sensor S Height adjustable front seatbelts S Spare tire mounted inside under cargo S 4 wheel disc brakes S Seat-mounted driver and passenger side-impact airbags S Power door locks S Four-wheel disc brakes S Driver and passenger front-impact airbags S Rear child safety locks S Occupant sensing airbags S Dual front side impact airbags S Driver and passenger side airbag head extension S Manual adjustable front head restraints S 3 rear head restraints S Dual front impact airbags S Horsepower 138-hp 5,500 rpm Fuel tank capacity 17.
I-4 and V-6 refer to the configuration and number of cylinders. Owners like its affordability, though they wish there were more options offered. Walkaround The 2004 Kia Optima breaks no new styling ground. It's smooth, reasonably refined and comfortable. I've never had to fix up a car so much in my life or, therein, spent as much money doing so. Not a head turner by any means, it is handsomely done and presents itself well, with distinctively sculpted panels and balanced forms. She has over 110,000 miles on it and it has served her well.
It shifts imperceptibly in normal driving. I would never buy any Kia automobile again. The description sounds busy, but the actual look is satisfying, sophisticated and vaguely European. It's a basic three-box, four-door sedan with conventional proportions. It's smooth and stable at high speeds. The V6 engine in the Kia Optima is so smooth and quiet that one of our colleagues got into one with the engine idling and promptly tried to start it. The Optima earns four-star ratings for front and side impact.
The engine quietly goes about its business, at least until given full throttle. Foglights and an auto-dimming rearview mirror help when driving at night or in difficult weather conditions. The V6 and automatic are a responsive team. Trunk size is adequate, with 13. I bought this car brand new and took good care of it. It comes with genuine wood trim, though it was so over finished that it was difficult to differentiate it from the imitation wood trim that is also used.