2000 Kia Optima Review

2000 Kia Optima LX V4 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carMercury Sable


Handles like the Accord, but less money spent


There was no major problem with the car.

There was a minor problem with the brakes that squeaked. The dealer replaced them and said it was a defect. The warranty covered it. This was at 16,000 miles.

General Comments:

The KIA brand has come along way, it has taken different concepts of different counterparts and has added it all into it Optima series. The only thing I regret was not getting the V6 model. The V4 is still good. Its handling is like the Accord and the acceleration is fast, and is gets around very well. It is very un-expensive - it's worth the money and costs less than the Accords.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review