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Kia Optima 2006.5-2008

The new 2006 Hyundai Sonata is a great and popular car. Today Hyundai released the pictures of an upcoming Optima, which is based on Sonata.
It looks better then Sonata in my opinion. It should drive great too. Looks like Hyunkia is on a roll.


  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    go over to the Kia Optima thread here on Edmunds and read the last few posts(posts 444-448 or so)for more coverage of this hot new Kia, the Optima. I didn't know that the one in the picture above and in the Kia Optima thread was the 2007 Kia Optima design. The 2006 Kia Optima will look like the 2005 Kia Optima, then? Just curious.

    This car looks great and just looks like it's well-built. HyunKia is riding quite a wave right now. Quite a wave.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    Actually, it appears the picture above is the 2006 Optima--the 2006 New Optima. Yes, folks, it looks like Kia is going to do the same thing with the next-gen Optima that they did with the Spectra--confuse the heck out of us. Take a look at:

    Scroll down to where you will see:

    2006 Kia New Optima 4-DR w/SAB (PC/Me)
    2006 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB (PC/Me)
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    But how will Hyundai/Kia separate the Sonata from the Optima?
  • From the pics I've seen so far, the Optima looks fantastic. Much better than the Sonata, which isn't bad looking itself.

    Supposedly, future Kias are supposed to be more sporty and Hyundais are geared more toward comfort and luxury. If that is the case, why would the Optima only get a 2.7L V6? Is this the same 2.7 that's currently in several Hyundai and Kia products now?

    The 3.3L V6 would make a great combo with the good looks of the Optima. Hopefully they'll decide to offer it, even if they continue with the 2.7L. They could offer the 3.3L on a high-end performance trim level.
  • In korea, they named LOTZE will appear on 10th this month

    There are three types of engine 1.8, 2.0, 2.4
    In case of 2.4, the engine is same with 06 sonata's called

    theta engine

    It's possible to be featured improved 2.7 v6than previous

    or 3.3 v6 in it

    Better interior and exterior look, much better engine performance, that's certainly all about new Optima


  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    this thread's been dead for 2 months! :cry:

    Kia just unveiled the Optima at Detroit. It looks pretty nice on the outside, but slightly derivative. The front headlights look like the ones on the Infiniti Q45.
  • I found these pics of the Optima (known as Magentis in other markets) and it looks pretty darn good. The interior is fantastic looking to me, much better than the Sonata's. The only disappointment is that the V6 option is only a 185hp 2.7L. Maybe Hyundai will share their 3.3L in the near future?

  • I have a Kia Optima 2001 with 60000 mile used, my Kia dealer sell me the extension warranty, $1000 for 3 years (everything covered), right now, my car runs very well and verything is fine, is it worth to pay such amount for the next the 3 years? thanks.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    You're in the wrong forum.....this is for a future car.

    I've got to say it, I'm sorry - but it's amazing how many people want answeres to their problems but post them in the wrong forums! :cry:
  • You might try our Extended Warranties discussion, or talk to current Optima owners in our Kia Optima topic.

    Need help navigating? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • jtzjtz Posts: 37
    I can kind of understand why the Sanata has more horsepower than the Optima because the Sanata has been out way longer than the Optima; however, it isn't fair that the Sportage has the same horsepower as the Tuscan.
  • jtzjtz Posts: 37
    To me not only does the Optima look better than the Sanata but it also looks better than the Amanti. If anyone noticed people are talking about the new Optima way more than the Amanti; as a result, Amanti sells could go down while new Optima sells go up.
  • Thanks, I am a new comer and I am sorry to post my question on the wrong forum.
  • Nice review on the new Optima. They used a 2.0L engine so take the 0-60 times with a grain of salt. Looks good as far as handling and fit/finish. Brits prefer handling to outright straight line acceleration so that is what they emphasis. They like the handling. Lets hope we get the Optima/Magentis in N.A. with the European handling. /63438/kia_magentis.html+lotze+kia+test&hl=en
  • hkianhkian Posts: 1

    Also don't miss the Blue Gauges and HVAC control like those found in VW, very nice touch! I am sold on the interior!

    Navigate to the gallery - interior
  • Is this going to be an Automatic transmission Only car in the USA and do the rear turn signals flash amber like the European/Asian cars?
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I saw some black holes in the bumper of the last exterior picture.

    parking sonars maybe?
  • desjydesjy Posts: 2
    Hi, I'm a Sales Manager for Kia in Canada, so I have some insight to share for all. The Optima will have the 2.4 and 2.7L powerplants when it arrives in showrooms this Spring. The 2.7 will have an HP rating of 185-192 (depending on emissions), while the 2.4 will churn out 162HP. The Optima won't have the 3.3 Sonata engine until Kia opens its plant in the U.S. That being said, Kia claims the Optima will have sportier handling, and they expect to sell more 4 cyl. then 6 cyl. This car was all about price point in the past; this is no longer the case. Best value in class, not necessarily lowest sticker price.
  • Convoluted way of saying you are substantially raising prices, just how much and when will Kia annouce pricing??
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