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2001 Kia Optima

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 18/Hwy 24/Comb 20 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.4 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2001 Kia Optima Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 328 Ratings for the 2001 - 2006 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

This is a great medium size car

By on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "it handles very well in any kind of normal driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been a very dependable little car with minimal maintenance. It is easy to operate and handles well in heavy traffic or interstate driving. All we have done as far as maintenance is tires, batteries, oil changes plus a couple inexpensive repairs which I don't recall as it was a few years back. This car was bought used from a dealer when it was two yrs. old. I would recommend this car to anyone who is looking for inexpensive transportation at a reasonable cost."

Just my size and comfort

By on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have enjoyed my Kia and am now looking forward to upgrading to a Soul, it looks just quirky enough for my style. I have had minimal up keep to my I Optima, it has done well for me in all kinds of Michigan weather."

Great car for cost

By on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Ride, Plenty of room inside"

Cons: "Stock radio not very good, Headlights"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I loved the price and what you got, and I upgraded the stock ugly radio with a Blue Tooth radio that works great in the car. I also dislike headlights that aren't glass because they get fogged but that is on my cars now days and I'm not too crazy about the seperation of lights in the front.. It has a great, smooth ride that I enjoy, especially on the bumpy wisconsin roads. Love it when my kids fall asleep on long drives, makes things alot easier Hah."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

very dependable

By on Saturday, March 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "dependable, beautiful body style, great warranty"

Cons: "small paint chips around door handles,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car with 11,000 miles on it. A one-owner car with all service records. The warranty was 60,000 miles. The only issues I had was with the stereo and the lumbar in the seat. Both were replaced free of charge. I traveled all over the country for work, and never had a problem. I would recommend Kia to anyone. The V-6 gives it power when you need it and it rides like a dream."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Longest I've ever owned a car

By on Thursday, January 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my baby brand new with only 17 miles on her in August 2003. She now has 120,000 miles on her and I'm trading her in on a 2013 Kia Optima. Previously, I traded my cars in every 2-3 years since I rarely was happy with a car for very long. The day I bought this car though I knew I'd be happy with her for a long time. The only maintenance I've had to do on her is a timing belt replaced, catalytic converter last year and a CV joint on the front axle last year. Oh, and a radiator hose that collapsed 3 months ago. She's been a great car and still gets 28 mpg (34 HWY). I'll be sad to see her go but I think it's time for an upgrade. Maybe my next Optima will last me just as long as this one did. This will be my 3rd Kia purchase in 15 years (first car was a Kia Sephia). I'm a proud Kia owner and will never buy anything else."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

One owner, dealer care, very clean, no dents, fun

By on Saturday, January 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Very clean, dent free, roomy 4 door V6 low, low mileage. Recent dealer oil change and check up. One owner, a very good driver, a lttle old lady in sneakers."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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