2005 Kia Optima User Reviews

2005 Kia Optima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 7 reviews

  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

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Richard writes:
2005 Kia Optima EX V6 Review
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5

Pros

The Kia Optima handles very well and responds quickly to the driver's actions. It has more amenities than you would think a small to medium sedan this size would have. The ride is very smooth and it accelerates with ease.

Cons

We have only owned the car for two months and haven't yet discovered anything we are unhappy with.

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2005 Kia Optima Ex-v6 — We, especially my wife, loves the smaller size of the Optima as compared to her old 1999 Buick Century. Although the ride was a bit smoother in the Buick (a plus for most mid size Buick sedans due to more weight) the Kia still holds it's own and seems to be quicker in cornering, accelerating, and stopping. Both vehicles were pretty close in accessories and amenities. However, the smaller Kia has a big advantage in parking and fuel consumption, which is to be expected. It is a pleasant change of pace!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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JPenn856 writes:
2005 Kia Optima LX Review
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4

Pros

Gas mileage, ease of repairs, handling in many weather conditions.

Cons

Air bag light constantly on, nit the most comfortable seats, automatic transmission has no power.

JPenn856
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Good Car, Wish I Could Have Owned It New — I dislike the automatic transmission, it takes away from the power of the motor. The car gets around thirty miles to the gallon, and generally runs on any type of gas. I is a fun driver and I drive it everyday to and from work.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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usedkia_05 writes:
2005 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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4

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nice gas mileage

Cons

small car

usedkia_05
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Decent Car For The Money And Mileage — It is a small car, I have a family of 5 way to small with growing boys, great car if you like a small car. Nice gas mileage and price, not the deluxe package, but decent inside!!!! Cd player, power windows and locks.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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jjackson1966 writes:
2005 Kia Optima EX V6 Review
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5

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Very nice looking and easy to drive.

Cons

Part a little expensive.

jjackson1966
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Great 2005 Optmia — This is a very nice mid size care with many nice features only found on very high end cars. Long trips are very comfortable and highway gas milage is good. low maintenance cost with very little issues, the only issue we have had is the security module has gone out causing the remotes not to work.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Janie writes:
2005 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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Great handling, good gas mileage, and looks fabulous!

Cons

Not a Porsche 911 convertible.

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Great Sedan. Great Value For The Price. — Found this car at a steal. Leather trim, sunroof, wind and water deflectors. Good gas mileage on the road. Great style. Handling is excellent. Have already put over 20K in just about 18 months. No problems.

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Danny writes:
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dependable to a point.

Cons

lacking some quality control at the factory

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Not The Best, But Certainly Not The Worst — Aside from the broken window the day we drove it off the lot and the 7 times to the shop for repairs, including a complete door replacement. Also the 6 trips to the store for repeated headlight replacements due to faulty wiring. The car has held up well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Rebecca writes:
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good gas mileage and

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"off brand", not as good performance - but why  buy a Kia if this is what you wanted?

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As A Basic Car It Gets Ya There And Back. — Good stock speakers, awesome color. tons of compartments. fits all friends inside.

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Reviews From Other Years

2001 Kia Optima Reviews

Good Commuter By Jeffrey

Some reliability issues as it ages. All of the steell lines(brakes and steering) have rotted. not bad for 140k. Alternator and brakes have been done. Too bad no one can build a car with reliable rear ... Read More

It Rocks By Kristin

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

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2002 Kia Optima Reviews

Great Sporty, Family Car. By cooltonep

I really like this car and I would recommend it to others. It has a nice body and its deceptively fast. The one negative is that it requires frequent fuel fill-ups as it does eat up gas if used as a p... Read More

Effective By Diana715

Overall this is very reliable car. It is a safe car. I like the fact that it has leather seats and a sun roof. It drives very well but does have a few mechanical issues that need some work. It is ... Read More

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2003 Kia Optima Reviews

Looks Great, Runs Perfectly, Has Good Power! By daaronlane31

This car has been a terrific part of my family. Always have enjoyed driving it. Is very comfortable to drive every day! Is an excellent family car that I'm sure anyone would enjoy driving every day. I... Read More

I'm A Kia Optima Driver For Life! By DeMaster

I love the fact that this car has been reliable in all conditions and has proven it's paid for itself over and over, thanks Kia! features in this 03 model are still competitive today. the multiple big... Read More

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2004 Kia Optima Reviews

I Am Happy With This Car Overall By mrleger

I bought this car in 2005 with 10,000 miles on it. Its now 2015 it has around 235,000 miles and beside for normal maintenance I have not had many issues with it other than the air bag light and headli... Read More

Great All Around Car. By sellquick

The car is an awesome performer with plenty of power. The AC will freeze you out. Gas mileage is great. Interior cabin is well laid out with all controls easily accessible. Very comfortable to drive. ... Read More

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2006 Kia Optima Reviews

My First Car By Marc

I was surprised at how nice a car I got for my first car. Was looking at an earlier model Hyundai Accent GT, turns out the bank wouldn't touch it because of the miles, and I got the Optima instead. Gr... Read More

Its A Good Car By Joshua

its roomy and has a shift tronic trans. that i like and helps for quicker pick up, good gas mileage, low maintenance and plenty of room and is a fun drive for an economy car for the price of it Read More

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