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2005 Kia Optima Overview
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Based on 7 reviews
The 2005 Kia Optima is marketed as an alternative to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, offering many of the same standard features, but at a lower price point and with a better warranty. According to owners, this mid-size family sedan is a great value, and many feel it has a smoother and more comfortable ride than its big-name competitors. There have been few changes to the Sonata-based Optima since its inception in 2001. For 2005, the upscale EX model gets a one-touch sunroof and special stitching on the optional leather upholstery. All models get clear lens turn signals.
Both the base LX and EX are offered with either a 138-hp, 2.4-liter I4 engine or a 170-hp, 2.7-liter V6. The V6 has better pickup, and these models also offer optional ABS brakes in place of the four-wheel disc brakes. A 5-speed manual is standard on the LX I4, while all other models come with a 4-speed automatic with a Sport shift mode. This transmission is optional on the base LX I4. You'll find cruise control, full power features, and a CD player on the LX, while the EX upgrades to a power driver's seat, wood and chrome accents, a remote garage opener, sunroof, and automatic climate control. EX-only options include heated leather seats, a power passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped wheel.
The 2004 Optima is a bit smaller than the Accord, but still offers nice legroom up front. Trunk space is average, at 13.6-cubic feet, but can be expanded with the 60/40 split-fold rear seats. A rear armrest/trunk pass-through offers immediate access to the trunk as well. Drivers say the 2004 Optima is comfortable and surprisingly quiet, even on the highway. Handling is smooth, and they love all the features you get for the low price tag. There have been issues with getting Kia dealers to honor the warranty. Other complaints focus on so-so gas mileage, the location of the cupholders, the underpowered I4, and some shudder during idling.
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