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3.6 (Good)

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Generations

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.

2016 - 2020 Kia Optima

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Kia Optima

Major changes included:

The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower. SX and SXL versions get a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that achieves 245 horsepower. Both of those engines use a six-speed automatic transmission. Read more »

2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

2011 - 2015 Kia Optima

3/4 Front Glamour 2015 Kia Optima

Major changes included:

The Optima is available in four trim levels; LX, EX, EX Turbo and SX. The LX and EX are equipped with a naturally-aspirated 200-hp 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder. The EX turbo and SX use a turbocharged 274-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the LX, while a Sportmatic six-speed automatic is available on... Read more »

2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

2006 - 2010 Kia Optima

3/4 Front Glamour 2010 Kia Optima

Major changes included:

The Optima is a four-door, five-passenger sedan available with a choice of two engines: a four cylinder with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission, and a V6 with the five-speed automatic. The LX with the four-cylinder and manual transmission is the most affordable. It gets more expensive with the five-speed automatic and... Read more »

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

2001 - 2005 Kia Optima

3/4 Front Glamour 2005 Kia Optima

Major changes included:

Kia, which not long ago sold only the subcompact Sephia sedan and the small but sturdy Sportage SUV, is expanding. Kia added the Spectra sports sedan and the Rio mini four-door sedan during calendar year 2000. Planned for mid-calendar year 2000 are the Sedona minivan and a wagon version of the Rio. Kia's sales growth... Read more »

2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005

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