2004 Kia Optima LX 138 hp 4 cylinder. from North America


A lot of car for the money!


Nothing yet, but it's still new.

General Comments:

This car handles well and the ride is very smooth.

The power hesitates for a brief moment when the accelerator is punched; possibly due to the automatic transmission.

The trunk lid profile tends to somewhat block your rear-view when backing up.

Lots of great standard features that are options in other manufacturers, such as air conditioning, electric door locks and windows, tilt wheel, CD player, cruise control, 8-way adjustable drivers seat, and dual front and side air bags.

I was originally shopping for a Spectra, but I found that I could negotiate a lower price for the larger, more plush Optima. (I paid $12,895 and they even threw in a couple of tanks of gas, free car washes and an oil change!)

My mechanic told me that parts are quite expensive for the KIA line, as there aren't many aftermarket parts available yet; although I haven't personally looked into this aspect.

Manufacturing seems to be done well, with no seam gaps, etc.

Well engineered with a very solid feel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2004

24th Sep 2008, 05:17

I have a 2004 Kia Optima EX V6, and the car has 95,000 miles on it right now, and it is extremely well built compared to most domestic cars.

Power could be more, but is sufficient for most driving situations, except drag racing!

21st Nov 2010, 09:56

I have a Kia Optima LX with 119000 miles on it. Bought it with a supposedly bad engine from broken timing belt; replaced that and the crank position sensor myself. The car runs smooth and quiet, and everything still works, even though the previous owner wasn't kind to it. These are Hyundai Sonatas in a different body style; if you hate these, then stay away from Hyundai Sonatas, and Santa Fe's for that matter, as they are all based on the same car.

21st Aug 2011, 23:59

My 2004 Kia Optima EX V6 has 160,000 miles and still going strong... excellent cars and built fairly tough; maybe I'm the only one with a great Kia?