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The first generation Kia Optima was a re-badged Hyundai Sonata with slight differences in the lights and grille. It was introduced in 2001, only a few years after it declared bankruptcy. Fortunately for Kia, sales in its first year topped 25,000 units; and in 2004 they sold twice as many. So, from the get-go this car was a highly sought after automobile. Its standard 4-cylinder engine provides enough power and fuel efficiency to give any buyer a great value. Some generations included optional V6 engines or turbocharged 4-cylinder engines putting out much more power. These special editions included Kia Optima parts that are more performance oriented, making them desirable to those who have the "need for speed." Fun fact: In 2011, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded the Kia Optima Hybrid "Lowest Fuel Consumption for a Hybrid Gasoline Vehicle" after driving 7,899 miles and using only 123 gallons of gas...do the math.