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Optima - 4 Generations


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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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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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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2016–2020 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.

2016–2020 Optima Generation, 2020 Kia Optima model shown Showing the 2020 Kia Optima
MSRP Range $23,390–$32,190
Consumer Rating
(4.8) 31 reviews
Combined MPG 24-31
Body Styles Sedan
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  • MSRP Range $11,416–$34,598
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 124 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-31
  • Body Styles Sedan
Notable Features in 2019
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Updated styling for 2019
  • Newly standard automatic emergency braking
  • Standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Available turbocharged 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter engines
  • Available Nappa leather seats
  • MSRP Range $10,133–$20,121
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 313 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
  • Current List Price $9,697–$21,177
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 235 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-31
  • Body Styles Sedan
Notable Features in 2017
  • Available turbocharged engines
  • Current List Price $9,731–$19,847
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 225 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.

Showing the 2015 Kia Optima
  • Current List Price $7,025–$17,857
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 241 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 $6,466–$15,750
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 129 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-28
  • Body Styles Sedan
  • Current List Price $5,342–$14,230
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 252 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-29
  • Body Styles Sedan
  • Current List Price $5,078–$13,134
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 177 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-29
  • Body Styles Sedan
  • Current List Price $3,962–$12,118
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 123 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-29
  • Body Styles Sedan

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.

Showing the 2010 Kia Optima
  • Current List Price $2,820–$9,260
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 21 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 $2,087–$8,475
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 29 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 $1,747–$7,747
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 34 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 $1,825–$6,445
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 30 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 $1,681–$6,373
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 24 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.

Showing the 2005 Kia Optima
  • Current List Price $1,699–$5,023
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.9) 16 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 $1,126–$5,726
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 20 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 $1,749–$1,953
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 4 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles Sedan
  • Current List Price $189–$5,613
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-24
  • Body Styles Sedan
  • Current List Price $1,022–$3,994
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.4) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-24
  • Body Styles Sedan
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