2020 Kia Optima

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$23,390

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2020 Kia Optima
2020 Kia Optima

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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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Our 2020 Kia Optima trim comparison will help you decide.

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 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Wanted a good commuter car - that's what this is

Plenty of legroom (I'm 6'4"). Reasonably quick and good handling, of course it's not a sports car. Gas mileage 31-32 on my commute, 35-36 on the interstate at 75 mph. Probably the best value in this size class, I didn't see any need to pay the premium for a Honda or Toyota.

5.0

Most reliable car I've ever own and very comfortab

This car met every thing that i needed and i will recommend it to my friends. Very good car and very dependable. I love the it runs and very very smooth when driving.

5.0

My First Car And It Was Worth It!

Honestly I didn't want a kia optima but my budget could only afford it, 2016 kia optima was my first car and I loved it and saved me lots of money on gas a maintenance for 3 years.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
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
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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