Used 2002 Kia Optima

2002 Kia Optima

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)LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed shiftable automatic4-speed shiftable automatic5-speed manual4-speed automatic5-speed manual
Horsepower149 hp @ 6000 rpm178 hp @ 6000 rpm178 hp @ 6000 rpm149 hp @ 6000 rpm149 hp @ 6000 rpm149 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

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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!
NO regrets
I bought this car used in '03. It had 27,000 miles on it and was a rental. Before the Kia I had a Mitsubishi Galant. I traded in @ 120,000 miles and 2 transmissions. The KIA is a very well made car, seats are very comfortable, very solid feeling for a mid-size and economical car. Have had no major issues and have 143,000 miles on it now. Even though I did not get the 100,000 mi warranty because I bought it used, no regrets. Would buy another. Think they are well made and a great value. Wish it had a sunroof though!
My aunt purchased this car new, and i have always wanted it. I got it and love it. My car has 154,000 miles on it with many more to come. NEVER has left me stranded, the only thing ever replaced is 02 Sensor which is normal to go out after 100,000 on any make or model car.
Used 2002 Kia Optima Overview

The Used 2002 Kia Optima is offered in the following submodels: . 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).

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