Ever since Kia rolled out with the fourth-generation Optima for the 2016 model year, the mid-size sedan has further built upon the South Korean brand's transition to building value-packed machine with handsome styling. Changes have been made to give the 2019 Kia Optima a corporate look that's inspired by the Kia Stinger and to make the sedan safer than before with even more high-tech safety features. With even more value than before, the Optima is a stronger contender in the mid-size segment than ever before.
What's New for 2019
Kia has given the Optima a redesign for 2019. The sedan gets an exterior design that's inspired by the sporty Stinger thanks to new front and rear fascias, updated front fog lights, and sportier wheels. In addition to the new exterior look, the Optima benefits from more standard safety features. Blind-spot monitoring, rear parking detection warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and a driver attention warning system are standard. Changes have also been made to the Optima's UVO infotainment system to make it easier to use.
Choosing Your Kia Optima
Just like last year, the Optima continues to have three engines to explore. The base motor is a 2.4-liter inline-four that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for the base engine. The LX trim continues to be the fuel-efficient choice thanks to its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that's rated to make 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The motor is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder returns and, once again, brings a sporty character to the Optima. It generates 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and is paired to the six-sped automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard across the lineup. When properly equipped, the Optima is an efficient sedan, capable of getting up to 27 miles per gallon city, 37 mpg highway, and 31 combined, according to the EPA.
The 2019 Kia Optima is offered in four trims:
With the extra punch from the larger, turbocharged engine, the 2019 Kia Optima SX is the one we enjoyed the most. The SX trim brings nearly premium touches, but comes at a nearly-premium price. For consumers on a budget, the entry-level LX trim is an attractive choice, especially since it comes with all of the latest safety features as standard at an affordable price. The EX trim, though, is the obvious choice if you want a well equipped mid-size sedan with good fuel economy figures.
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