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2001 Kia Optima Sedan

4dr Sdn SE Auto V6

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  • $19,949 original MSRP
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2001 Kia Optima

Source: The Car Connection

A ghost-written Sonata.

by Sue Mead

SONOMA, Calif. - Northern California's wine country and coastal communities have rich beauty and great driving roads. I was able to enjoy both recently during an evaluation of the all-new Kia Optima, which has some useful features for cruising Napa in search of a case of the perfect vintage - namely, an accommodating four-door body style and plenty of standard equipment.

This midsize sedan is not simply a new model in Kia's small but rapidly expanding U.S. fleet of offerings: it's also a flagship, and a car that this Korean automaker believes will broaden its image in America. It's also close kin to the Hyundai Sonata, which donated its platform to its new corporate cousins at Kia.

Kia hopes that this tastefully-styled "breakthrough vehicle" with a well-trimmed interior, unibody construction, independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering will change its current image from the marketer of value-priced small cars to include other attributes, such as performance, comfort and luxury.

The five-passenger Optima is poised to compete in America's biggest and most-competitive car segment. The Optima is offered in two different trim levels, the base LX and the upscale SE, with prices ranging from $15,299 to nearly $20,000.

Exterior styling is sensible and attractive. Optima's unibody platform rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase (nearly the same size as Honda's Accord). Its nose and tail are low and compact, with a rounded-dome cabin, designed to enhance headroom (39 inches in front). The front fascia wears Kia's signature logo, framed by a crisscrossed grille. Fog lamps are recessed in the front bumper, and headlamps are fabricated with upgraded materials to give a crystal clear, luxury appearance.

Side views show a chrome insert body side molding on the SE models (with a body-color body-side molding on the LX), which forms a line tracing the front-forward contour of this sedan. Outside power windows come standard, with heated versions for SE owners.

Inside the Optima are many standard features along with many optional amenities. Full-cloth seats can be outfitted with leather (an extra $995) on the SE models. Instrument panel access is easy and straightforward. AM/FM cassette is standard on the LX; AM/FM/CD stereo is standard on the SE (although for an extra $595, LX owners can get CD and premium sound, as well).

All Optimas come with air conditioning; power mirrors, windows and door locks; a center storage bin; rear seat armrest with storage; dual cupholders; and a first-aid kit. Rear seats fold down at a 60/40 split for added convenience. Cruise control comes standard on SE, and can be added to the base model for $250.

Standard luxury options on the SE (which starts at $17,599) include remote keyless entry and alarm, power adjusting driver's seat, two-bin center console storage box, wood trim accents, chrome door handles, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and moonroof.

This front-wheel-drive sedan comes with a capable standard 2.4-liter, DOHC 149-horsepower inline-four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. An electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission is an additional $850. A more powerful 2.5-liter, DOHC 170-hp V-6 that produces 169-lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, and is matched to an automatic transmission, with Porsche's Tiptronic for clutchless shifting (this won't be available on corporate cousin, Hyundai Sonata, until 2002) is optional. Rear disc brakes on V-6s replace the rear drums on the four-cylinder models. Anti-lock brakes are optional for both.

A three-way catalyst emission control system and electromagnetic fuel pump keep Optima fuel-efficient, with the in-line four engine measuring a respectable 21 city/ 28 highway and the V-6 with 19/25. Base tires are Michelin P195/70R14s- fitted to 14-inch steel wheels, while uplevel versions get P205/60R15s with 15-inch alloy wheels.

The Optima comes equipped with an all-independent suspension with a double wishbone, multi-link design with coil springs and tubular shocks in the rear, anti-roll bars included on both front and back, giving good stability, ride and comfort. A rack-and pinion steering system with power assist provides smooth navigation.

Safety equipment includes front and side impact airbags for both front passengers, three-point seat belts throughout, and a rear-facing child seat anchor in back. Front headrests have a tilt option on the SE lineup that not only helps comfort, but is an added protection against whiplash and other head injuries.

Of note is Kia's new Kia Long Haul Warranty Program with a 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty; a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty; and a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. A new roadside assistance plan covers the first five years of ownership.

2001 Kia Optima

Base price ranges: $15,299 - $19,949
Engine: 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder, 149 hp; 2.5-liter V-6, 170 hp
Transmission: Five-speed manual or electronically controlled four-speed automatic (with Tiptronic clutchless shifting on V-6 models), front-wheel-drive
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 185.8 in
Width: 71.5 in
Height: 55.5 in
Curb Weight: 3157 lb (four-cyl. manual); 3190 lb (four-cyl auto, V-6 auto)
EPA city/hwy: 21/28 mpg (four-cyl. manual); 20/27 mpg (four-cyl. auto); 19/25 mpg (V-6 auto)
Safety equipment: Dual front and side airbags; rear childseat anchors; rear three-point seatbelts; anti-lock brakes (optional on V-6 models only)
Major standard features: Air conditioning, AM/FM cassette; power windows/locks/mirrors; dual front and side airbags
Warranty: Five years/60,000 miles

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Kia Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2010-2015 w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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