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Kia Optima 2003 sedan
Trim Shown: Sedan
The midsized Optima is essentially a Hyundai Sonata with less-adventurous styling and a generous helping of exterior chrome. Like the Sonata, it is available in two trim levels and with a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter Four or a 2.7-liter V6. The V6 models are available only with an automatic transmission. Four-cylinder models come reasonably well equipped, though antilock brakes aren't offered. As in the Sonata, the interior is fairly spacious and quiet, and the V6 powertrain reasonably refined. Handling is not the Optima's forte.


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)
  • 2.7-liter V6 (170 hp)