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Kia Optima

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On sale since 2001, the five-seat Kia Optima competes in the crowded mid-size sedan class. It offers several premium features, as well as two available turbocharged engines, one of which pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In addition to gas-only versions, hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants are available. Value-oriented pricing and an impressive new-car warranty have helped broaden the Kia Optima's appeal.

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Commuters

Commuter vehicles have a minimum EPA-estimated mileage of 30 mpg combined. May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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Small Families

Small Family vehicles include mid-size and larger sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs and minivans with four doors and five seats.

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4 Generations

Optima - 4 Generations

2016–2019 Optima

Redesigned in 2016
2016–2019 Optima Generation, 2019 Kia Optima model shown Showing the 2019 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima's 2016 redesign brought slightly updated styling, and the car is wider, longer and rides on a longer wheelbase. The interior is a bit roomier than the outgoing generation's and features revised materials. Besides improvements to the chassis and suspension, this generation offers a revised turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 245 horsepower, and a newly available turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Optima Hybrid gets 42 mpg combined, according to EPA estimates, and an Optima Plug-In Hybrid can travel up to 29 miles on electric power alone.

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  • MSRP Range $22,600–$30,600
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 219 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-31
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2018
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system now standard
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay now standard
  • Blind spot warning now standard
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Turbo four-cylinder engines available
  • Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions available
  • MSRP Range $22,200–$36,090
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 209 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-31
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2017
  • Available turbocharged engines
  • Current List Price $9,487–$23,967
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 160 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-32
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2016
  • Redesigned for 2016
  • Longer wheelbase
  • Longer and wider body
  • New interior materials
  • Available turbocharged engines

2011–2015 Optima

Redesigned in 2011
Showing the 2015 Kia Optima

The 2011 model year brought a complete redesign of Kia's mid-size sedan. The new Optima featured bold new styling and an inviting interior. Offered in LX, EX and SX trim levels and powered by a choice of four-cylinder engines, the Optima also offered a six-speed manual transmission for a short time. The high-end SX featured a 274-hp turbocharged engine and steering-wheel shift paddles. Premium features normally available on luxury cars, like a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and a panoramic moonroof, were optional. The Optima Hybrid debuted as a 2011 model.

  • Current List Price $9,963–$20,867
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 152 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2015
  • Five-seat midsize sedan
  • Choice of two gas engines
  • Hybrid version available
  • Automatic transmission standard
  • Current List Price $8,491–$19,523
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 100 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2014
  • Refreshed styling
  • New seats
  • Larger touch-screen
  • Two gas engines plus hybrid
  • New Drive Mode Select (SX)
  • Current List Price $7,108–$17,512
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 203 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2013
  • Manual transmission no longer available
  • Choice of two four-cylinders, including a 274-hp turbo engine
  • Available hybrid version
  • Available heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel
  • Available voice-recognition system
  • Current List Price $6,808–$14,984
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 153 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2012
  • More standard features for 2012
  • Choice of two four-cylinders, including a 274-hp turbo engine
  • Available hybrid version
  • Available heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel
  • Available voice-recognition audio system
  • Current List Price $5,578–$14,050
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 111 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2011
  • Redesigned for 2011
  • Choice of two four-cylinders, including a 274-hp turbo engine
  • Available hybrid version (beginning in 2011)
  • Available heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel
  • Available voice-recognition audio system (beginning in 2011)

2006–2010 Optima

Redesigned in 2006
Showing the 2010 Kia Optima

Halfway through the 2006 model year the Kia Optima was redesigned. The second-generation Optima featured stronger, more efficient drivetrains and new styling. Four-cylinder and V-6 power were offered along with manual and automatic transmissions. In 2009, the Optima's engines received a bit more power, while the exterior was given a slight face-lift with sharper front-end styling that foreshadowed the design of the next-generation Optima.

  • Current List Price $3,120–$10,160
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 19 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2010
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available navigation system
  • Current List Price $3,301–$9,289
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 25 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2009
  • Freshened for 2009
  • New sport-tuned SX trim
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available navigation system
  • Current List Price $1,632–$9,156
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 28 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2008
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Impressive warranty
  • Optional rear sunshade
  • Optional adjustable pedals
  • Current List Price $1,996–$7,800
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 25 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2007
  • Choice of four-cylinder or V-6
  • Optional stability system
  • Current List Price $1,530–$7,058
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 20 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2006
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Impressive warranty
  • Optional rear sunshade
  • Optional adjustable pedals

2001–2005 Optima

Redesigned in 2001
Showing the 2005 Kia Optima

A twin to Hyundai's Sonata sedan, Kia launched the Optima in the U.S. as a 2001 model. The first-generation Optima shared much of its underpinnings with the Sonata. It had the same wheelbase but was a tad longer overall and had its own look. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine was standard and a V-6 was optional. Buyers could choose a manual or automatic transmission.

  • Current List Price $1,101–$6,817
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 13 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2005
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty
  • Current List Price $1,550–$5,830
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 17 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2004
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty
  • Current List Price $943–$6,555
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 3 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $642–$4,062
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $950–$950
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.4) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

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