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it has a spacious interior, adequete acceleration, good on the gas mileage, and fun to drive. The handling is smooth and the maintenance is relatively light if the car is newer and wasn't previously o... Read More
Moving up one trim level gives you a lot more features with the 2001 Kia Optima SE sedan. Though it shares the same 149-hp, 2.4-liter DOHC I4 engine and choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed Tiptronic transmission with its LX counterpart, the 2001 Optima SE is fully-loaded. And its price tag still comes in well under the better known competitors. The SE sits on 15-inch wheels and has dual front-side airbags standard. ABS is not offered on the SE I4, only disc brakes.
Full power features and an 8-way power driver's seat greet you inside the 2001 Optima SE. A sunroof, keyless entry, heated mirrors, security system, a CD player, and leather trim on the wheel and shifter are the upgrades you get from the LX. The SE also has cruise control and intermittent wipers. Aside from the auto tran option, you can also get leather seats. High points include handling, the long list of features for what you pay, and the front legroom. Downsides include problems with the transmission and power windows, and so-so gas mileage. Pickup suffers with the I4 engine. Another complaint was the location of the dome light, which is in the front rather than the middle of the car due to the sunroof.
This overview covers the SE trim only.
Please see our 2001 Kia Optima Overview for more information.
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