Kia Optima vs Kia Sephia Compare price, expert/user reviews, mpg, engines, safety, cargo capacity and other specs at a glance.

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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

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2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$25,576
24 listings nationwide

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2001 Kia Sephia
LS
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$12,940

Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
Kyree Rollerson Preview:

The Kia Optima competes with other midsize family-sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat. It receives a few changes for 2020. You’ll find one of three power...

2001 Kia Sephia
LS

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye...Just like that catchy tune Kia now uses in its TV ads, the Kia Sephia hung around for a long time, generating almost the same amount of an...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
Harvey writes:
Power Ranked 2020 Honda Accord 2.0T EX-L FWD better.
"No Turbo lag, stomp the accelerator and it moves out fast."
Family Car Ranked 2020 Honda Accord 2.0T EX-L FWD better.
"Lots of room and convenience features. "
2001 Kia Sephia
LS
45
Mohamad 2001 Kia Sephia LSReview:

I Like — no good acceleration but it is good after all and cargo capacity is low handling is good up to 140 ...

45
Mahmoud 2001 Kia Sephia LSReview:

It's Really Good ! — I like the engine of my car and its sound too :)...i also like the suspension system &the handling....

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Stephan 2001 Kia Sephia LSReview:

Ok But Certainly Not The Best — Not a bad vehicle to own....OK to drive....economical enough....enough space...has all the creature ...

Primary Use: Family transportation

Specs

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
2001 Kia Sephia
LS
Powertrain 7-Speed Dual Clutch
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
27 MPG
19 MPG
22 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
37 MPG
28 MPG
28 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 18.5 gal 13 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
178 hp @ 5,500 RPM
125 hp @ 6,000 RPM
125 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
108 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
108 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
10:1
10:1
Displacement
1,600 cc
1,800 cc
1,800 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.03 in x 3.35 in
3.11 in x 3.6 in
3.11 in x 3.6 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Optional Optional
Driver Airbag Optional Optional
Passenger Airbag Optional Optional
Front Side Airbags Optional --
Curtain Airbags Optional --
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Front Driver -- 4 stars
Front Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Driver -- 3 stars
Side Rear Passenger -- 4 stars
Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Driver 5 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Rollover 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Optional Optional
CD Player -- Optional
CD Changer -- Optional
Cassette Player -- Optional
Radio Optional Optional
Power Windows Optional Optional
Power Door Locks Optional Optional
Driver Power Seats Optional --
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 45.5 in 43.3 in
Back Legroom 35.6 in 34.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15.9 cu ft 10.4 cu ft
Exterior
Length 191.1 in 174.4 in
Width 73.2 in 66.9 in
Height 57.7 in 55.5 in
Wheelbase 110.4 in 100.8 in

Available Options

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Ebony Black
  • Gravity Grey
  • Horizon Blue
  • Sangria
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Sparkling Silver
2001 Kia Sephia
LS

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