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2001 Kia Sephia Sedan


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Kia Sephia Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 125 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Kia Sephia

  • The Sephia will never be called a great sedan, but for some, it might prove to be a good bargain.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Low price, impressive build quality, roomy interior, incredible warranty.

  • Cons

    Unrefined drivetrain, weak tires, cheap interior materials.

  • What's New for 2001

    The 2001 Sephia features new safety items such as child seat anchors, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and an emergency internal trunk…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (55 total reviews)

Dependable, excellent mpg, amazing value

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I have nothing to say but good things about my KIA Sephia 2001. Got the car at 42 000 miles for $3,100 and sold it at 134 000 miles. I owned it for 8 years and during this time there was manor repairs/maintenance - alternator, break pump, rotors, breaks, spark, plugs, ext. However the car is dependable and just kept going without major issues. Very economical on gas. It was basic, manual transmission, locks and windows, but that never bother me. Overall, best value for the $, would recommended for anyone who values dependable and economical over convince.

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Keep in perspective

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Sephia LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car used for $800 with over 200k miles on the odometer, a wreck in the near past and work to be done in the near future. I knew it wasn't a great car, but I needed a car—I was broke. Well over a year later, this little thing is coming up on 250k miles and until today I had no major work done on it. I replaced an alternator belt a couple months ago and that was it. The bill today was $660—a price I would normally never consider on a car I bought for $800. But this car just takes a beating and keeps on going! I'm awful about maintaining my vehicles and I hate to spend money on them, and yet this little car has never faltered. As long as you know it's not a BMW, you'll be happy!

Okay car for price

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Vehicle: 2001 Kia Sephia 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I purchased this car 4 years ago at 38000 now it has 114k. Have to replace spark plugs & wires often, door freezes in cold weather. Also replaced battery, brakes, belts, both front axles. I have alot of common issues as others on the reviews. Its a cheap car & you get what you pay for. I got it manual & it seems like automatic's are having engine trouble, currently my signals do not work. So I am waiting for the next thing not to work. But despite the car issues its an okay car to have but i will not buy another one.

Gas Mileage


  • 19
  • cty
  • 28
  • highway
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Full 2001 Kia Sephia Review

What's New for 2001

The 2001 Sephia features new safety items such as child seat anchors, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and an emergency internal trunk release. Changes for the 2001 model year also include dual visor vanity mirrors, a coin tray and a gas-cap tether.

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