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2007 Kia Amanti

  • 2007 Kia Amanti Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      264/260
    • ENGINE
      3.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $25,495
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2007 Kia Amanti Review

With the new engine and other upgrades, this well-equipped Kia makes a strong candidate for the family sedan.

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Overview

Recently, Kia has turned the company around, offering automobiles with strong value due to their reliability, performance, and a better build quality. Kia has such confidence in its product that it provides an excellent powertrain warranty. Although the 2007 Kia Amanti classifies as a midsize car, it comes close to being full-size in dimensions. Kia always offers an excellent list of features for the value, but has been long dimmed by more established rivals. This has been due largely to eccentric styling, lack of recognition, and plain driving dynamics. Various significant improvements appear this year that elevate the status of the Kia Amanti immensely and set the sedan on top of the list of worthy choices.

In past years, the Amanti made a decent vehicle that lacked desirability, feeling a little unpolished when compared with other segment leaders. The new Amanti changes significantly and adds to its comfort and value, creating a solid choice for consumers.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Kia Amanti

What's New

The Kia Amanti gets a style revision for the rear and front exterior and newly designed wheels for 2007. A new engine sits underneath the hood and provides a 32-percent boost in power over the previous Kia Amanti. Other revisions include structural enhancements, tweaks to the suspension for improved handling, and more features.

The 2007 Kia Amanti keeps the Amanti’s odd styling. But this year, the Amanti has an attractive look with a smooth rear end, a shorter grille, and clean taillights. The greatest change appears its driver in the form of a V-6 that provides an amount of horsepower that places it amongst segment leaders. Structural enhancements include suspension revision for better handling and a lower curb weight. Also, new features come about with redesigning the instrument panel and upgrading trim materials to make the cabin more attractive and pleasant to ride in.

Exterior

The 2007 Kia Amanti only comes in one base model. The generous standard equipment list includes a chrome grille, a rear defogger, and 16-inch alloy wheels. With the Premium Package, the Amanti adds 17-inch chrome wheels.

Interior

Standard interior features on the Amanti include a stereo with a CD player, climate control, power seats, wood-grain trim, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, one-touch power windows, and keyless entry.

The 2007 Kia Amanti seats five in its roomy cabin and pampers occupants with a lot of space and nice touches, such as metallic accents, faux wood, leather armrests, and a built-in power point.

It offers less legroom and hip room than larger sedans, but two adults feel comfortable riding in the rear seats when traveling. Even though the back seat does not fold down, a pass-through accommodates skinny, long items.

Several available options include an Infinity Package with seat and mirror memory settings, an Infinity audio system with a CD player, and a trip computer; a Leather Package with heated seats, leather seats, the Infinity package, and power pedals; and a Premium Package featuring aluminum accents and black leather seats.

Performance & Handling

The Kia Amanti uses front drive and comes fitted with a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 264 horsepower with 260 lb-ft torque. The V-6 mates with a five-speed automatic transmission which also allows for the manual-style shifting. A quick-acting transmission ensures constant power is on hand when entering freeways or making fast passes on a two-lane highway.

The Amanti has been tuned to give a quiet, smooth ride. This year’s suspension refinement sharpens its handling, offering a pleasant drive overall. Whether taking a cruise on the highway or dicing through city traffic, the 2007 Kia Amanti delivers a swift performance.

Safety

The Kia Amanti includes standard anti-lock brakes, head restraints in front, a tire pressure monitor, and an array of front and rear airbags. Traction control, stability control, and brake assist bundle into an optional package. The 2007 Kia Amanti receives a ""good"" rating in IIHS crash testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Amanti: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Good value
  • Leads class in amenities
  • Excellent warranty

You Won't Like

  • No navigation system
  • Styling doesn’t suit everyone

Sum Up

With the new engine and other upgrades, this well-equipped Kia makes a strong candidate for the family sedan.

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