Used 2002 Kia Optima Pricing

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2002 Highlights

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.


  • Competitive price, solid build quality, loaded with standard features, pleasant highway ride, super warranty.


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

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Features & Specs

LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)SE V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)LX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed shiftable automatic4-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower149 hp @ 6000 rpm178 hp @ 6000 rpm178 hp @ 6000 rpm


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating

The Car that will surprise you
Just a note to those thinking of buying this car. I owned my KIA Optima for 4 years. I recently was rear ended by a full size truck traveling 40+ miles per hour, totaling my KIA. I was amazed at how it reacted. The rear completely crumpled leaving the passenger compartment intact. Even the police officer was shocked at how well it handled and that I was able to walk away. This car has been the safest, lowest cost of ownership, and most fun sedan I have owned. I never had any problems with my car, I put on 96,000 miles on it, and tearfully will have to say goodbye to it. I recommend this car to anyone looking. I am going to purchase the new KIA Optima this week. Enjoy!
2002 Optima
The car was very reasonably priced. I have had problems with the keyless entry. It was eventually repaired. It took the dealer 3 tries to fix it ... the manual provided by KIA was in error and referenced the wrong part number. The dealer was good and provided a loaner while they figured out the problem. I had attempted to replace a front turn signal ... it is not something easily done by a consumer. The transmission has always slipped ... it has been brought in on multiple occasions and they flash the onboard computer. The problem has never been completely resolved.
Awesome car
had this car for over a year now, love the milage can go forever it seems with the gas light on. the only major problems i've had is the car lurches when i'm breaking sometimes and a sensor went out, had the sensor fixed but haven't had the breaks checked yet. plenty of room in front and back, i'm 6'3 so that says something. don't care for the stock radio, doesn't bring in AM channels well, could get Milwaukee stations in, in MI with my Focus, can't with the Kia
Used 2002 Kia Optima Overview

The Used 2002 Kia Optima is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A), SE V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A), LX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A), LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M), SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A), and SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M). Pre-owned Kia Optima models are available with a 2.4 L-liter gas engine or a 2.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 178 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2002 Kia Optima comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic, 4-speed shiftable automatic.

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