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Kia Optima 2001 sedan
New for 2001, the midsized Optima is now Kias flagship. But its essentially a rebadged Hyundai Sonata with different front and rear styling. It offers a choice of Sonatas two engines, a 149-hp, 2.2-liter Four or a 170-hp, 2.5-liter V6. Models with the V6 come with an automatic transmission only. Four-cylinder models start at under $16,000 and come reasonably well equipped, though they dont offer antilock brakes. Judging by the Sonata, the interior is fairly spacious and quiet. The V6 powertrain is reasonably refined. Expect a fairly comfortable ride at low speeds and less-than-nimble handling.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (138 hp)
  • 2.5-liter V6 (170 hp)