Background and Identification
Kia Motors Corporation (also called Kia Motors or just Kia), headquartered in Seoul, is South Korea's second-largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motor Company. The Kia Optima is a mid-size car produced by Kia Motors beginning in 2000 and marketed globally with various names. First-generation cars (2001-2005) were generally sold as the Optima, though the name Kia Magentis was used in Europe and Canada when sales in those regions began in 2002.
The Kia Optima is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive vehicle sold as a four-door sedan. From 2000 to 2005, Optima cars were a rebadged version of the Hyundai Sonata with minor changes in exterior styling and equipment content. The 2001 Optima received Poor to Average safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The Optima was introduced in Australia in 2001 and was only offered with a 2.5-liter V6 engine with a choice of either manual or automatic transmission. The updated Optima was sold with a 2.7-liter engine, four-speed automatic transmission, and standard features like alloy wheels and a full leather interior.
In 2003 (for the 2004 model year), the Optima’s grille was redesigned for the United States to include the Kia emblem, and in 2004 (for the 2005 model year), the headlamps were restyled.
Kia automobiles can be identified by the Kia emblem, which includes the name “Kia” in capital letters (and stylized so the ‘A’ does not include a horizontal line) inside of an oval.
Body and Chassis:
- Body Style: 4-door sedan
- Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
- Platform: Hyundai-Kia Y4
- 2.4 L Sirius II I4 (gasoline)
- 2.5 L Delta V6 (gasoline)
- 2.7 L Delta V6 (gasoline)
- 4-speed automatic
- 5-speed manual
- Wheelbase: 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
- Length: 4,745 mm (186.8 in)
- 2000–2005:1,815 mm (71.5 in)
- 2002–2005:1,820 mm (72 in)
- Height: 1,420 mm (55.9 in)