2020 Kia Optima

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2020 Kia Optima
2020 Kia Optima

Key specs

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The good:

  • Many standard safety, driver-assistance features
  • Spacious interior
  • Intuitive controls

The bad:

  • Unremarkable engines
  • So-so handling
  • Firm ride with sport suspension (SX)

6 trims

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Notable features

  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine standard
  • Turbo 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter engines available
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay standard

2020 Kia Optima review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Kia Optima?

The Kia Optima mid-size sedan seats five and competes with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. It’s powered by a standard 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a turbocharged 1.6- or 2.0-liter four-cylinder that make 178 and 245 hp, respectively. The 2.4- and 2.0-liter engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 1.6-liter engine pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. 

What’s New on the 2020 Kia Optima?

The standard automatic emergency braking system adds pedestrian detection, while EX and SX trim levels now have wireless device charging. 

What Features in the 2020 Kia Optima Are Most Important?

Standard exterior cues include 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and power-adjustable heated side mirrors. Inside, there’s a standard 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, and a Harman Kardon premium stereo is optional. Standard active safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, high-beam assist and a driver attention warning. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability is optional. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Kia Optima?

The Optima is a spacious mid-size sedan that features intuitive controls, and it’s packed with important active safety features. However, we weren’t impressed with its powertrains, and the SX trim’s sport-tuned suspension is firm. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


It's what's on the inside that counts

The Kia would not start..repair shop in Waldorf replaced the starter relay..vehicle worked for 2 days returned for repair..kia repair shop said it was the battery(I had a new battery in but the Kia Mechanic said it was not strong enough) bought a new battery from Kia of Waldorf..vehicle worked for 1 day returned to kia repair shop then they Said it was the starter. This so far has cost me over $1,000 paid to Kia in Waldorf MD. I would NEVER buy another Kia...going to Honda to shop and pray that I can get a reasonable trade-in price for this horrible nice looking car. It's not whats on the outside but what's on the inside that counts.


Great car! Handles wonderful!

Loved the Optima after upgrading from a Forte due to highway issues with it. Lots of room, dashboard has all the bells & whistles you could want. Quick pickup, gas mileage is great if you aren't using the A/C which burns gas fast. It's a great car and I loved it! Unfortunately turning it in after nearly 3 years due to mechanical issues. Battery went after 1 year of use, starter just went on it 2 days ago, collision warning system keeps shutting down while just driving with error message. Everything was covered under warranty, but I never had these fast problems with my Toyota's. Trading it in tomorrow for something else. Plus they did away with the Optima line.


Great car, OEM tires are junk

Leased new, car is very comfortable. HUGE ISSUE with Nexin OEM tires. Had to replace all 4 tires after 13500 miles due to wear. Dealer would not replace until I purchased new tires. OEM tires were rated at 70,000 miles and Nexin company offered Sox $143.00 total toward new ones. Replaced with ANOTHER BRAND TIRE,cost apx $800.00

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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