The 2017 Kia Optima starts at $23,095 (including $895 for destination) for the LX trim, while the LX 1.6T ($25,035), EX ($26,335), SX ($30,835), and SX Limited ($36,985) grades follow. Despite all the different trim levels, it's the reasonably priced EX we expect to be most popular, thanks to a long list of amenities:
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Dual power-heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators
- Leather seats
- Seven-inch color audio display
- Rearview camera
- Automatic headlights
- LED daytime running lights
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Tilt and telescopic steering column
- Hill start assist
The 2017 Optima typically offers two or three package choices per trim. In the EX's case, owners can choose the Premium ($3,600) and Premium Plus ($2,100) packages, the latter built on the purchase of the Premium package. Combined, the two packages deliver a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon Logic audio system, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and such safety features as emergency braking and smart cruise control.
The 2017 Kia Optima is available with three engine options:
The Optima LX and EX models use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, this volume engine allows most Optimas to return 24 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway in EPA testing.
The LX 1.6T is the only grade offering an efficiency-focused 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Teamed with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, this model returns 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, the best in the Optima range (aside from the Hybrid and Plug-In models, naturally).
The SX and SX Limited models utilize a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to fill the performance role V6 engines occupied a decade ago, offering up 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This engine fills Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, these models make an EPA-rated 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
Kia also offers Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid models, which are marketed separately.