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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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 2002 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, pleasant highway ride, super warranty.

  • Cons

    Unproven newcomer in a cutthroat market, some low-grade interior materials, ABS isn't available for four-cylinder models.

  • What's New for 2002

    Now in its second year, Kia's midsize sedan gets an upgraded V6 engine. Four-cylinder LX models trade their 14-inch wheels for standard 15s, while SE models get auto on/off headlights and two keyless remotes. The optional Leather Package for the SE now includes a four-way power passenger seat.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Pay less, get less

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have owned this car for 3 years now, and cant wait for the moment I can get out of it! I spend about $1k in repairs a year on this car, and I'm not talking about routine maintenance. Speaking of that, it doesn't like to go more than 3k miles without an oil change. It needs to be babied. Its a comfortable car and a Nice look, but unreliable. Interior components falling apart/peeling/breaking. Wears tires out like no ones business, but thats due to the factory recall of a rusting sub frame! Hard to find someone that knows how to work on it too... Parts are never available and needs to be ordered. All in all, if you want a cheap car, go Hyundai, my brothers car has lasted way longer than mine




T.g.'s kia

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I was looking for an affordable, reliable car that was larger than my Corolla and a bit more stylish,too. I found it in this Kia Optima. The only problem I've had in over 2 years was a broken driver's door latch. This was covered under Kia's warranty and fixed for free. No other complaints. Would definitely buy another Kia.




Outstanding car for the money

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Bought this as a leftover 2002 model and have been absolutely delighted with the purchase. The car is comfortable, quiet, tight and just plain impressive for the money. This is the 3rd Kia I've owned and I'm still very pleased with value for the money.




Watch the warranty

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

My wife and I bought 2 new Kias after hearing about the great warranty. Our 2002 Optima now in the shop while we gather up the $1800 needed to repair clutch and flywheel for a warranted car! I know flywheel's are covered. As for the clutch, it's a wearable item, but who ever heard of a clutch burning out after 30K miles? With the worst driver, 30K miles for a clutch is totally unacceptable. Said burned clutch caused the failure of other parts (pressure plate, flywheel) No way I could have foreseen the clutch going in 2 years. Other things: door moulding fell off. Check engine light on and off, driver side window fixed twice. Tires are already wearing.




Great car

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I bought the base Optima just as a cheap commuting car. After $4,000 for a trade in that was worth $400, I bought a 5 speed LX for $12,500 and monthly payments of about $200. Not bad for a brand new car with a great warranty. However, since I bought it in Oct. 2002, I've been in two accidents. One was a hit and run and the other involved a guy slamming into me from behind and pushing me into another car. The Optima held up surprisingly well. The guy who hit me's Intrepid was undrivable while the only damage to my car was a dent in the back bumper! It has also been a pleasure to drive - when it's not in the body shop!




Seeking college students

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

At first when my uncle pointed out the car to me I was like ugh Kia? Not good cars. One thing that I love about this car is the warranty. 100,000 mile warranty! If you are a college student or on the run with a medium price range choose the Kia Optima. I have had no major problems and all Kia asks me when I have minor problems is the mileage. I work with service writers at different car lots and it just doesn't move that simply. Car could be a little less shakier at 90 m.p.h. (if you go that fast)I give Kia Optima a A-.



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Full 2002 Kia Optima Review

What's New for 2002

Now in its second year, Kia's midsize sedan gets an upgraded V6 engine. Four-cylinder LX models trade their 14-inch wheels for standard 15s, while SE models get auto on/off headlights and two keyless remotes. The optional Leather Package for the SE now includes a four-way power passenger seat.

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Talk About The 2002 Optima

2002 Kia Optima Discussions See all Started By

tahugoreng
tahugoreng
06-23-2003
- Honda Accord EX 1999 or Kia Optima 2002?...


lovmycar
lovmycar
02-04-2014
deal. I looked at the Sonata's but opted for the Optima instead, much more value for the same money. In 2013 for me to get a Sonata in the same class as the Optima I found I would have had to go with...


sadalite radio and sport shift standerd on all optima's in any trim package. I owned a 2002 and liked it untill I drove it to 80,000 on the original timing belt and took out the head. I sold it in 20...



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