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Kia Optima Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 149 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Kia Optima

  • The Optima may trail its Japanese competitors when it comes to overall polish, but those seeking a well-equipped "out-of-the-box" sedan will find this Kia appealing.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Competitive price, solid build quality, loaded with standard features.

  • Cons

    Unproven newcomer in a tough market, V6 engine feels a bit anemic.

  • What's New for 2001

    Kia joins the high-stakes poker game that is the midsize sedan market with the all-new Optima. Available in four- and six-cylinder models and two trim levels, the Optima offers a loaded deck of standard features, including air conditioning, side airbags, four-wheel independent suspension and power windows, locks and mirrors.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (7 total reviews)


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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Bottom line: This is a very cheap, no frills car. If you are looking for something that will get you around and no more...this is the car for you. If you are looking for a car that holds it's resale value...this is NOT it. Currently worth more as a tax credit on donation -or- totaled than trade-in value. I bought this car in 2003 and have put approximately 45,000 miles on it, mostly highway. At 75,000 total miles it looks and drives like it has 150,000 miles.




What a disappointment

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

At only 62000 miles this car already needed a new timing belt and transmission. Also had to have the auto window repaired. Way too much work needed on a car of this year and mileage. Kia Customer Support very rude.




2001 kia optima

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Love the fuel economy, looks sporty, sorta mix between the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, I feel the engine is plenty peppy enough for the city.




Nastar3's review.

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have had in the shop for two defects in two years. Other than that it has been a dream.




Car from hell

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

The Optima is the U.S. name, it is called the Magentis in Canada. At 55,000 km the dealership has replaced all four brakes and the transmission. The new transmission is acting up just as the old one did.Door locks have been replaced.Windshield wipers have rusted. The life of the headlight bulbs is six months.The fuel guage was replaced after two months of driving.It takes 3 months to get parts at some dealerships.I've been to three dealerships because the first two closed.




Squeeky brakes

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I bought a used 2001 optima about 6 months ago. The brakes won't stop squeeking, even after new brake pads. The seats are not very comfortable. The starter feels like it is going out. The door lock keeps jamming. Poor gas mileage. Stiff suspension.



Full 2001 Kia Optima Review

What's New for 2001

Kia joins the high-stakes poker game that is the midsize sedan market with the all-new Optima. Available in four- and six-cylinder models and two trim levels, the Optima offers a loaded deck of standard features, including air conditioning, side airbags, four-wheel independent suspension and power windows, locks and mirrors.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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