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.