2020 Kia Optima

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2020 Kia Optima
2020 Kia Optima

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

191.1” x 57.7”


Front-wheel drive



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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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2020 Kia Optima trim comparison will help you decide.

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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
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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 4.9
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Walk away from the car

We have had this car for 3 months and we’ve had to take it back for a second time! The stupid car keeps going into limp mode with the check engine light on and the car not going over 40 mph. We use this car for work and getting the kids to school. Today I was driving with my 8 month old and the car did it yet again while in a 75 mph zone it dropped to 40 on a highway. Someone could get seriously hurt.


We love the car but one major flaw.

We love our 2020 Optima. So much for the $$. Good size, ride, and ample features including safety for the money. 2nd owner and my daughters commute to college at 34-35 mpg which is good for this size car. Unfortunately too many have engine failure with 2.4L (8-10k replacement) and nearing 60k warranty end I'm going to trade for a Honda or Toyota rather than roll the dice. A shame they can't provide a bulletproof engine with an otherwise awesome car!!


Beautiful Car!

I got the 2020 KIA Optima S trim. The car is great! This is my first car and the safety features helps me out a lot. The backup camera works really well thankfully because I can’t see see anything out the back window lol. I’m in the military so I drive her around a little more often than usual. The car holds up well. The car is very comfortable as well I drive her back home (15hrs) and have no issues at all. The fuel economy is great as well get around 530 miles on a full tank. The car is not a race car so I wouldn’t expect that kind of performance. That being said she is pretty fast and handles great! I got mine in 2021 for about $24k with around 23k miles on it. For the money I’d definitely say it’s worth it.

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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
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 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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