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2019 Kia Optima Starting When Cold Issues
I bought a brand new 2019 Optima and there's been a couple times in the last couple days it has had trouble starting. It starts running, but the only way I can describe it is that it's only half way...
2013 Kia Optima Ex Gdi
I have been having issues with my engine burning oil to where I have to put 1 to 3 quarts of oil in my Optima between fill ups. I have taken my car in for oil changes and they tell me there is abso...
2012 Kia Optima New Engine Problems
I have a 2012 Kia Optima sx turbo the engine has just been replaced at the dealership it currently has about 300 miles on it and while in a sharp curve the car felt like it was trying to shut off t...
A/c Can Anyone Give Me A Clue Or Solution To My A/c Problem? When I Start...
Then it blows neutral air ( not hot, not cold). If I turn the car off for about 5 minutes, then it works again. My mechanic has replaced a valve, put coolant in it, and checked the pressure. He thi...
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Kia Optima Overview
The Optima is Kia's entry into the mid-size sedan market. Its goal is to offer many of the same upscale features, performance, and quality, but at a lower price than comparable competitors.
Launched in 2001, the Optima is a four-door, front-wheel drive sedan. It came with either an I4 or a V6 engine, and the base model came equipped with power windows and locks, air conditioning, intermittent wipers, and a rear defrost. Higher trims added on cruise control, remote entry, a sunroof, heated mirrors, and leather trim. Aside from some minor exterior and interior styling changes, the Optima looked very much like the car upon which it was based, the Sonata.
It wasn't until 2006 that the Optima started to forge its own identity separate from the Sonata, with an all-new redesign, including a ittle more stylish flair to its lines and a different front end. It also got new, more powerful engines and was now loaded with six airbags. Standard luxury features remained about the same, with the new EX the top-of-the-line model.
Drivers have liked the overall performance of the Optima, complimenting its quiet ride and new rounded style. Performance suffers with the I4, obviously, and the V6 isn't winning any races, but it reliability is greatly improved. Along with the long list of standard equipment, one of Kia's most attractive features is its 10,000 miles/10-year warranty. That, combined with a lower pricetag than similarly equipped cars, positions the Optima as a luxury sedan for even the smallest wallets.