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Kia Optima 2004 sedan
Trim Shown: Sedan
The Optima provides a lot of features at a competitive price. It has a comfortable ride, quiet cabin, and very good fit and finish. The 2.7-liter V6 performs smoothly but isn't very fuel efficient--it averaged just 20 mpg overall. Handling is not the Optima's strength, as the car corners with pronounced body lean and the steering is slow and uncommunicative. The firm front seats lacked back and thigh support for some of our drivers; taller drivers may find head room tight, requiring them to recline the seat. This causes a long and uncomfortable reach to the steering wheel. Four-cylinder models come reasonably well equipped, though antilock brakes aren't offered.

See Reliability page for the latest 2004 Kia Optima recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2010.

Road Test

The Optima provides a lot of features for a competitive price. We liked its comfortable ride as well as its quiet and refined cabin. The Kia also has very good fit and finish. The engine is smooth, though it isn't very fuel efficient, despite being f...


  • Ride, interior fit and finish.


  • Agility, driving position, fuel economy, IIHS side-crash test.


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)