(2004 model shown)
Kia's top car is a near-luxury sedan that offers ample interior room and comfort, with restrained and fairly elegant styling, but with perhaps too soft of a ride. The Amanti comes powered by a 195-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which drives the front wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission that includes a manual-shift mode. Anti-lock brakes are standard, with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, traction control, and Electronic Stability Control optional. Also included are both front and rear seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. For 2006, leather upholstery with heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a garage door opener become standard features. Stability control is optional, and a new equipment package includes a premium Infinity audio system with CD changer, trip computer with four-inch monitor, and memory settings for the driver's seat and outside mirrors. Added exterior colors include White Pearl, Clear Silver, and Light Almond Beige.