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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

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.

MSRP Range $22,900–$31,900
Consumer Rating
(4.9) 19 reviews
Combined MPG 24-31
Body Styles:

Sedan

  • MSRP Range $22,600–$30,600
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 271 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 $9,641–$31,662
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 219 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-31
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2017
  • Available turbocharged engines
  • Current List Price $9,865–$23,405
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 172 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

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 $10,049–$20,133
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 184 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 $7,901–$18,757
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 109 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-28
  • 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 $6,736–$17,080
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 222 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 $6,114–$14,974
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 161 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 $5,637–$13,321
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 116 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

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 $2,555–$10,979
  • 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 $2,157–$9,521
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 26 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 $1,807–$8,083
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 31 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 $671–$8,991
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 26 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 $1,472–$6,904
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 21 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

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 $173–$6,345
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 14 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 $787–$6,579
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 19 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 $2,542–$6,466
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 3 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $1,362–$3,762
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $8–$6,016
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.4) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

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