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2006 Kia Optima

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 28/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.4 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2006 Kia Optima Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 340 Ratings for the 2001 - 2006 models.

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

Good old Reliable!

By on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

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
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fast, reliable, spacious."

Cons: "loud with broken exhaust. headlights burn easily."

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

"I've had no problems with the car. I got it as a graduation present and It's been great for me through all of my driving habits. (I'm 18, first car.) It's nice and fast, gets you from point a to point B no problem. It's fun to drive, and it's got a lot of room for passengers. The stereo system is phenomenal, and the gas mileage (even with a bad exhaust pipe) is still great. Only a few cons - The car is rather loud when the exhaust is broken. The rest are cosmetic: My steering wheel began to crack a bit and shows wear and tear. My headlights burn out rather quickly, but that's an easy fix. Pros: The car is more than reliable. I've never an issue with the engine. It's fast. It always starts up. It's spacious. It gets decent milage. The speaker system rocks."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Excellent 2001 Engineering Designs and features

By on Monday, November 2, 2015

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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Economic Time: great price value and gas mileage"

Cons: "No pocketbook holder."

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

"The best Car engineered to last from 2001 to present. The best Oscar trophy award winning vehicle built for easy routine repairs for all mechanics. Happy with all of the upgrades inside of my first car I ever bought with my pay checks!"

8 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Best granny vehicle ever

By on Monday, August 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,587

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "It was bought at a great price, great mpg"

Cons: "seems to scratch easy."

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

"do not buy if you don't like speed. I've had this car to 105 in Montana and still had tons of peddle to go. Extremely peppy, great handling terrific stereo system. The 6 cylinder system works great. I am original owner with 32687 miles. My only complaint is they could have used better skin material. Because parking lot people have scratched it a few times which is annoying. I love this little car."

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Cheaply made

By on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,469

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Comfortable"

Cons: "Cheap paint job"

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

"On the negative side - The paint has been chipping off (half gone from door handles) since 20,000 miles. Made them change hubcaps around 30,000 miles because of paint peeling. Parts started going bad after warranty ran out, but was almost maintenance free before then. On the positive side - After 10 years, still a comfortable ride that has continuously maintained 27 to 28 MPG (once got 32mpg on long trip)."

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

This has been a very reliable car

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"This has been a very reliable car for my son to drive. He doesn't drive fast, etc. so it hasn't required much repairs."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Incredible car.

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Air conditioning stopped working. $400 to fix it.

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drives very smooth, and it's POWERFUL!!"

Cons: "Timing belt! & a lot of stuff breaks..."

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

New stereo system

"I loved my Kia!! I only had to sell it because everything kept breaking. My driver's side window kept jumping off the track and wouldn't roll up. Also, the timing belt was about to expire and I didn't want to pay to get a new one (If you don't get a new timing belt after 80,000 miles, the belt can break and your car will most likely be totaled from it). My air conditioning didn't work for 5+ years, and my auto repair shop said they couldn't figure out what the problem was, so they would have to investigate which would cost $400+. But other than that, my Kia was the best car in the world! Great factory-installed speakers. Got a new radio though because the quality of the factory installed radio wasn't very impressive. The car did, however, drive VERY SMOOTH!!! It feels like you are floating. It was also VERY POWERFUL. I got a couple of speeding tickets..."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

New stereo system

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