2004 Kia Optima - EX (A4)
Pros: The all around quality of the car. Workmanship, materials, fit and finish is really great.
Cons: The 2.4L four cylinder engine. I wish I had bought the smoother running V-6 engine,.
Advice: Do not buy the 2.4L four cylinder engine in the Optima. Buy nthe V-6 engine for sure.I purchased a new 2007 Kia Optima EX, a few months ago. I'm somewhat satisfied with it. I bought the EX with all the options that Kia offers with this model. But I chose the four cylinder 2.4L engine. Which was a mistake on my part. The 2.4L four cylinder has pretty much ample power, and smoothness for this size car. Driving the car with all it's sound deadening insulation, the four cylinder 2.4L engine is very quiet from behind the wheel. But standing outside the car with the engine idleing, there is a loud steady 'gear growling' sound that comes from this four cylinder as it idles. It is not a quiet engine as it idles, compared with the smoothness of four cylinder engines from Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and the Mazda6. I learned later the these 2.4L engines are made by Mitsibishi for Kia, and also for Chrysler and the Hyundai Sonata also. Had I knew this before I bought my Optima, I definately would have bought the Optima V-6 engine for sure, that is a very quiet V-6 engine. Even my friends have noticed the steady 'gear' growling at idle speed from my 2.4L Optima, and the first thing they ask is what's wrong with the engine. This has been a very disappointment for me with my Optima for choosing it. Had I to do over again I definately would not have purchased the 2.4L four. But have to live with my disatisfaction with my Optima.
2007 Kia Optima - LX V6 (A5)
Pros: Automatic Transmission - Allows you to shift manually. The warranty is 100,000 miles
Cons: Paint job is less than desireable. The hood has paint chips and it is very obvious how thin the paint is. The rubber molding is not trimmed very well in the trunk not sure about long time wear and tear.
Advice: The V6 performs much better than the 4 cylinder. You may lose a little gas mileage.Great power, handles nicely and is very comfortable. Fun to drive
2006 Kia Optima - EX (New) (A5)
Cons: No ABS
Advice: BUY ITLooked at Honda, Toyota, Pontiac, Chevy, Nissan. Never thougth I would ever own a Korean car, but after drving one and the price there was no question. Have owned the car for 6 months - have over 25,000 miles on it with no problem, squeeks or rattles.
2007 Kia Optima - EX (A5)
Cons: No compass
Advice: Skip the V6 in favor of the 4-cylinder for similar performance but better MPGI purchased the 4-cylinder EX after test driving all of the competition. The sport-shift transmission was the selling point as was the unexpected level of equipment and amenities for this price point. There is a niggling bug in the passenger air bag sensor but otherwise the car has been flawless. After 5K miles I'm averaging just over 24 MPG combined. I had the dealer switch out the chrome grille for the black version from the LX and now it looks like an Infinity G24 from the front (LOL). See February Car & Driver for a similar viewpoint.
2007 Kia Optima - LX V6 (A5)
Cons: Road noise on rough surfaces
Advice: Get the traction control and fog lights if you live where ice, snow, and fog are an issue.After researching mid-sized cars to death, sitting in every one of them at the Seattle International Auto Show, and test-driving the top competitors, I finally bought the best mid-sized car for the money out there. Yep, this is an amazing car. People in parking lots gather, point and look. I overheard one conversation where a lady said, 'Who's got the Beemer?' A guy replied, 'That looks more like an Audi,' and another said, 'No, that looks like an Acura TL.' Whatever, it's my KIA Optima, and it's a dream. It's bigger and better equipped than comparable Accords and Camry’s, and for a whole lot less. Positive surprises were the tight turning radius, nice radio, ease of use, and sporty feel. Negative ones are the road noise on rough surfaces, and a tardy transmission when driving sporty, using the automatic transmission and not the 'tap-shifting.' The car overall is fantastic. It looks good, handles very well, and has an excellent build quality. People that drive much more expensive vehicles keep talking about how nice my car is. One cool thing is that I hardly see others on the road - ever. For now, it's a unique automobile, too. Check out Motor Trend's recent review where it shocked their writers, too. It appears that if they compared 4 cylinder Camry’s and Accords with a 4 cylinder Optima, the KIA may have won 'Car of the Year.' At least in overall comparisons, it was in the top of the heap. I opted for the 6 cylinder, but most people would be just fine with the 4. I even had a guy who worked for the local Toyota dealership (who drives Camry's and Avalons all the time) stay in the passenger seat and say, 'Man I don't want to get out of this thing. 'Nice ride.' Anyone who buys a mid-sized sedan and doesn't check out the Optima is making a mistake. I'm very very pleased with mine, and I'm extraordinarily picky.
2007 Kia Optima - EX (A5)
Pros: Heated seats,tape player,styling,acceleration.
Cons: The incomplete trip computer,the hard ride.
Advice: Check out the actual car you will buy.They arent all the same.Look for deffects.I bought this 2006.5 Optima EX after owning(leasing)a 2006 Sonata LX.In all honesty,the Hyundai was a better car,but we wanted leather and a 4 Cyl.engine,and the Sonata didnt come that way. After much ado over a balky passenger seat air bag issue was resolved,the car seems to be pretty good.The engine sounds smooth and refined.The pick-up is excellent for that 4 cylinder engine.The gas meleage...well,the jury is still out.We have gotten anywhere from 20 to 29 MPG, and thats a bit of a disappointment.Ive been told that it will improve with more miles.We'll see. I do have an issue with some of the instruments.The trip computer doesn't have a MPG,which is really stupid.Isn't that the feature of most interest for most people?There is an outside temp.but no compass.It just lacks some features which could have easily been included.Having said all that,I hope to learn to appreciate the good points of the car,and ignore what I dont like,as it will be with me for a long,long time.
2005 Kia Optima - LX (M5)
Cons: No abs
Advice: Go for the sixHave 6000 miles on my 2006 and have had no problems. Am averaging 30 highway and 25 city. My first Kia and so far I am very satisfied.