$17,599 - $19,949
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$17,599 - $19,949
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Tested
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
19-21 City / 20-28 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.4L DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cyl engine
  • 2.5L DOHC 24-valve 6-cyl engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 4-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission w/OD
  • 4-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission w/OD, sport-mode shifter
  • Front wheel drive
  • Double wishbone front suspension w/coil springs
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension w/coil springs
  • Front/rear stabilizer bar
  • P205/60HR15 all-season SBR Michelin tires
  • 15" aluminum wheels
  • Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Pwr front/rear disc brakes
  • 17.2 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Sunroof
  • Chrome insert body-side molding
  • Front fog lights
  • Dual heated pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Exterior chrome door handles

Interior Features

  • Full cloth seat trim
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats
  • Wood trim accents
  • 8-way pwr adjustable driver seat w/lumbar support
  • Adjustable front headrest w/tilt
  • Adjustable rear headrest
  • 2-bin center console storage box
  • Rear seat armrest w/storage
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Pwr windows w/driver express down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry & alarm
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Premium AM/FM stereo w/compact disc, cassette, (6) speakers w/door- mounted tweeters
  • Pwr-activated antenna
  • Front/rear dual cup holders
  • Interior chrome door handles
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Map lights
  • Door courtesy light
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift

Safety Features

  • Driver/passenger front & side airbags
  • 3-point front/rear seat belts
  • Front seatbelt pretensioner w/force limiter
  • Rear childseat anchors
  • First aid kit

2001 Kia Optima Owner Reviews

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Kia is a real reliable car, even 18 years old.

2001 Kia Optima SE

2001, 127k miles, comfortable, reliable, minimal maintenance, would by again. . Sure that the newer models have improved in gas mileage, comfort, leg room. Bought mome second hand an individual with low milage, the only thing I noticed is that it has rusted out fast around rear wheels on both sides. Also the underbody driver side has rusted, carpet is always damp.

- Cathy H

Great warranty given by Kia. My car has served me well.

2001 Kia Optima SE

Bought as my retirement car. Love it and it has served me well. Because of age, several repairs, yet has not broke my bank. Plus Kia has the best warranty. I recommend this car maker. I would buy another one when I win the lottery. I am the church lady these days. Do not drive as much as in the past. Again, I highly recommend Kia.

- Linda N

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