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2019 Kia Optima: Preview, Pricing, Release Date, Photos

, Automotive Editor - February 27, 2018
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Model Preview

Since getting its full redesign back in 2016, the Kia Optima has received nothing more than a few changes to its list of features and a slimming down of available trims. We believe we’ll see much of the same when the 2019 Optima debuts.

As a carryover, we expect no big changes in exterior appearance. What may change a bit are its available colors and some other options, like the wheels. Inside, we expect the same, as its straightforward and intuitive interior will also likely remain untouched.

With all else remaining the same, expect standard features to remain largely the same. If this is indeed the case, look for it to come with keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

2018 Kia Optima

We also expect the under-hood bits to remain the same. The current car comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower. Next up is an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot with 178 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Topping out the range is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the SX trim, which injects 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The base engine pairs with a six-speed automatic, while the two turbocharged engines come with a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.

The 2018 Optima aced virtually every IIHS crash safety test and received a “Good” rating in the headlight test. This resulted in it getting a Top Safety Pick designation. The only thing keeping it from a Top Safety Pick+ designation is its lack of a passenger-side small-overlap test. We expect this to also remain the same for 2019.

Pricing & Release Date

We expect 2019 Optima production to kick off in June 2018, and for its arrival to come shortly after.

With no changes coming, we expect pricing to remain roughly the same as the 2018 model, which ranges from $23,495 to $31,495 (destination fees included).

The Optima’s competition will include the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu.

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Pictured: 2019 Optima

2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

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