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2007 Kia Optima

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2007 Kia Optima Review

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The Kia Optima continues to offer buyers a well-built, well-equipped family sedan for less money than the competition. Based on the same platform as the Hyundai Sonata, the Optima distances itself with a sportier exterior and interior treatment, as well as a $1,000-lower base price. Over the last few years Kia has made impressive strides in both quality and content and, while not yet on par with such giants as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Optima comes very close. The Optima provides a roomy, comfortable interior, a large trunk and a choice between a fuel-efficient four-cylinder or a powerful V6 engine. Even the most basic models include such standard safety features as side-curtain airbags and front-seat Active Head Restraints.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a four-door sedan with responsive driving capabilities, a lot of features and an attractive price, the Optima should be on your shopping list. It's handsome, offers impressive safety features and represents a good value for the money.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you absolutely crave attention, the Optima's exterior, which some may describe as bland, may not grab your eyes—or anyone else's. And, despite generous interior volume for the category, this midsize package won't be big enough for larger families.

What's Significant About This Car?

No major changes for 2007.

Driving the Optima

Driving Impressions The Kia team has made a commitment to blending the Optima's features into a nice combination of driving capabilities. In what might be considered as unexpected for a Korean brand,...

the Optima is actually fun to drive. Movements of the steering wheel are rewarded with crisp reactions into corners, body roll is minimal and the Optima enjoys a balanced feel, particularly when you consider it's a modestly-priced front-wheel-drive sedan. We found it completely engaging and enjoyable.

2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
Although its specifications aren't too dissimilar from others in the midsize segment, the Optima's all-aluminum 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers a pleasant character that is involving for the driver. It offers crisp response and decent power, and is so good that, on balance, there seems little justification for either the additional expense or the greater fuel consumption of the V6.

Appearance Package
The LX Optima is a well-equipped model that is considerably above the basic transportation category. For just under $3,000, however, the Appearance Package provides a host of upgrades attractive to both the original purchaser and, subsequently, the resale market.

2007 Kia Optima Details
2007 Kia Optima photo Interior

Kia continues to offer increasingly worthwhile upgrades in interior design, materials and safety. Even in base LX form, the Optima's interior materials rate well above merely acceptable. Choose the available Appearance Package and you'll receive aluminum interior trim, automated light control and silver-accented inside door handles. On those cars with leather we were impressed by the leather's tone and its perforated texture. Conversely, the standard instruments could benefit from a typeface that was more attractive and readable and the front seat cushions could be angled up a bit more.

As the Optima is intended to appeal to young families, safety receives an appropriate emphasis. Its standard airbag arrangement includes advanced dual front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, along with full-length side-curtain airbags.

Exterior
2007 Kia Optima photo

While unobtrusively styled, the new Optima is still modern and attractive. The profile is fronted by an attractively restrained grille that's framed by halogen headlights with either clear or blacked-out lenses. The passenger cabin provides a nice balance between outward visibility and efficient aerodynamics. Front and rear overhangs are fairly short, while the fenderwells are nicely filled with either the standard 16-inch or the available 17-inch tires. The overall effect is that the Optima looks balanced and secure, in a way that is modern and even sporting.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Optima continues Kia's tradition of providing a generous level of standard equipment for an attractive price. Our test LX model, with the four-cylinder engine, included power heated exterior mirrors, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, four-wheel disc brakes, an AM/FM/CD audio system and a split folding rear seat. Beyond that it offered gas shock absorbers and front and rear anti-roll bars, features often available only as part of a "sport" or "handling" package.

Optional Equipment

For those wanting a higher level of comfort, convenience and functionality, there is available leather seat trim, power and heated front seats, a manually operated rear window shade, power adjustable pedals, automatic climate control, alloy wheels, power moonroof, Infinity sound system and subwoofer, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and other features and options. The Electronic Stability Control Package (available on EX, and LX and EX when equipped with the V6 option) provides anti-lock brakes (ABS), stability control, traction control and brake assist with one easy check on the option list.

Under the Hood

Our driving experience was limited to the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with either the five-speed manual or five-speed automatic. In both instances we were pleased by the engine's responsiveness, and the transmission gearing was well matched to the engine's characteristics. Although 162 horsepower isn't exactly stratospheric, in combination with a respectable 164 pound-feet of torque it's very usable. We see little benefit in opting for the V6, given the balance, efficiency and entirely acceptable performance of the in-line four.

2.4-liter in-line 4
162 horsepower @5800 rpm
164 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 (manual), 24/34 (automatic)

2.7-liter V6
185 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
182 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30

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2007 Kia Optima Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 275 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Fantastic and fun

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,142

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quick smooth responsive comfortable"

Cons: "some road noise but better tires would help"

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

"Have had this car for 5 years and it performs excellent. Just put in a new battery and new tires. Installed 16 inch (factory spec) new rims by Platinum Sabre. Is in near pristine conditon I detail it monthly and wash it weekly. I only drive 10 miles round trip to work. Have been to Fort Leavenworth KS in it and got 36 mpg. For a 2.4 4cyl it is very quick and responds easily. has two very minor dings about the size oa=f a nickel one on the rear left door panel and one on the rear left upper quarter panel down from the roof. These I will have pops a dent fix. I would like to trade it for a 2016 Optima but retiring soon and may not want the bill."

4 people out of 13 found this review helpful

one of the best running cars I have ever owned

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

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
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "easy to drive"

Cons: "honestly I cannot think of any"

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

"This Kia has provided my wife and I with reliability, comfort, gas economy, and overall satisfaction. We are both disabled, and it so nice to have a car we can always count on. The only repairs we have had to make are the rear calipers went out, but our warranty, which we purchased at the time of sale, covered the repairs. I would not hesitate to recommend this model/year car to anyone!"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever owned.

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliability, quality, value, cost of ownership."

Cons: "No lumbar support for the drivers seat."

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

"I have had my Optima V6 EX for 7 years and 132,000 miles. This car is still running the original battery and spark plugs and has worked flawlessly so far. Very smooth motor. I upgraded the rims and tires and put slightly shorter springs on it to make ride and handle a bit more sporty. This car is perfect now. I often rent cars for work and even though they are 7 years newer I still would rather have my Optima. This car has held up very well and still looks new. The quality of paint and components is very good. Very likely to buy a KIA again."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

BIG BLIND SPOTS

By on Monday, February 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Pretty good gas mileage."

Cons: "Big blind spot on front passenger side."

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

"I have had my 2010 Kia Optima for 4 years. When you are in the drivers seat, there is a HUGE blind spot over to the right side of the windshield. This spot is over where the Passenger side view mirror is located. The mirror (which is huge) combined with the passenger door frame metal (where it meets the windshield) on the right, together make an enormous blind spot. I have on Many Occasions, almost hit both cars and pedestrians. The seats are not electric. Gas mileage is passable and it's not the most comfortable. It only has 1 cd player and not lumbar support. Also the drivers vanity mirror has no light, which is stupid. Don't buy this car."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Very dependable car

By on Saturday, January 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great gas mileage"

Cons: "no power seats"

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

"The only downside is no power seats. If you are on a long road trip and you need to adjust the seat for better comfort you will need to get off the road to manually adjust the seat. That is important if you have back or leg issues."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

So far, very good.

By on Friday, December 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,522

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Mechanical- quality-built, no rattles."

Cons: "Glad I got the V-6, peppy & responds well."

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

"Just got the 1st inkling that all may not be well in Minnesota Happy Land. The Engine Light came on... So off we go to the Out-Patient Clinc (aka "the Kia Dealer"). They haven't seen me in so long a time, I'll e-mail my photo ahead so I'm recognized! Happy New Year!"

17 people out of 35 found this review helpful

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