Releasing the third-generation two years ago, Kia has produced an Optima heads and shoulders above preceding models. A sporty driving experience is realized by way of nimble handling and plenty of power from both of the available 4-cylinder engines.
For buyers worried about there not being a V6 offered, there’s no need as even the standard 2.4L Inline-4 with direct injection delivers 200 hp. Equipped on LX and EX trims, the 2.4L also gets high fuel-mileage that is estimated at 24 city/35 highway mpg. The other Inline-4 is equipped on the pricier SX trim and claims a little less fuel-mileage (22 city/34 highway mpg) yet a lot more power (274 hp @ 6,000 rpm). A turbocharger bears main responsibility, equipped on the 2.0L Inline-4 that puts out 269 lb-ft of torque as well.Read more »
The most luxurious of the non-turbo trims, the EX has leather seating plus other equipment aimed at convenience. Both the driver and front-passenger have one-touch auto up/down power-windows and keyless-entry is made possible through Kia’s Smart Key system with Push Button Start. Interior climate is controlled by a dual-zone automatic temperature system that has vents for rear passengers as well. An auto-dimming rearview mirror has Homelink transceiver capability and a compass. The cabin has subtle but eye-catching upgrades like door mood lamps casting a faint red tint across the carpeted floor mats, which are also an EX standard. The wood interior accent and leather-wrapped steering wheel/gear shift knob are icing on the cake. Heated/cooled seats and a panoramic sunroof are just some of the available options.
The lowest-priced of the Optima lineup, the LX is far from basic. Several appearance upgrades already on all trims including the LX are chrome accent door handles, front fog lights and dual-exhausts with chrome tips. 16” alloy wheels, a chrome front grille and clear-lens projection headlights are equipped outside as well. Satellite radio is included along with an AM/FM/CD player and six-speaker audio system. Manual air conditioning and power windows provide comfort, as does the six-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support. Plastic door scuff plates protect the door jam and a black-metal color adorns the stylish interior. Cloth is the standard upholstery, available in tan or gray, and featuring an anti-stain fabric treatment.
No longer the top-level trim on the Optima, the SX features a turbocharged engine and all EX standards as well as plenty of its’ own. The exterior is outfitted with 18” alloy sport wheels (alloy luxury wheels available) and a special black gloss grille surrounded by a chrome border. The standard front/rear valence, side sills and rear-spoiler let onlookers know this sedan has speed. The lights on both ends of the body are upgraded to represent SX standards. LEDs are added to the tail, shining brighter while consuming less energy than incandescent lights. An auto-leveling function allows the increased illumination of the HID headlights to calibrate for optimum projection. The sporty appearance of the SX continues inside with carbon fiber inserts and seats featuring sport-cloth/leather surfaces combined in a race-like design.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Kia Optima$14,485 | 21,561 mi
2013 Kia Optima$17,995 | 34,570 mi
2013 Kia Optima$18,049 | 24,829 mi
2013 Kia Optima$18,725 | 20,811 mi
2013 Kia Optima$19,998 | 9,912 mi
2013 Kia Optima$22,977 | 9,216 mi
2013 Kia Optima$26,997 | 19,791 mi
2013 Kia Optima$27,853 | 8,536 mi
2012 Kia Optima$14,956 | 31,461 mi
2012 Kia Optima$14,997 | 34,336 mi
2012 Kia Optima$16,995 | 28,764 mi
2012 Kia Optima$17,970 | 38,416 mi
2012 Kia Optima$19,988 | 27,333 mi
2012 Kia Optima$19,993 | 21,167 mi
2012 Kia Optima Hybrid$20,799 | 18,639 mi
2012 Kia Optima$21,998 | 35,819 mi
2011 Kia Optima$13,997 | 59,136 mi
2011 Kia Optima$16,848 | 22,150 mi
2011 Kia Optima$16,990 | 34,862 mi
2011 Kia Optima Hybrid$16,999 | 41,960 mi
2011 KIA OPTIMA$18,494 | 85,566 mi
2011 Kia Optima$18,985 | 39,342 mi
2011 Kia Optima Hybrid$18,990 | 17,677 mi
2011 Kia Optima$19,788 | 27,202 mi
2011 Kia Optima$21,689 | 45,242 mi
2011 Kia Optima$21,995 | 36,465 mi
2010 Kia Optima$11,999 | 63,154 mi
2008 Kia Optima$10,970 | 48,263 mi