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2016 - 2020 Kia Optima

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The 2020 Kia Optima is back with no major changes. The forward collision avoidance assist system has been upgraded to include pedestrian detection across the lineup, while the EX Premium is now marketed as a separate trim instead of an optional package on the EX trim. Kia offers the Optima in five trims: LX, S, EX, EX Premium, and SX. Prices start at $24,115 including destination for the LX and reach $32,915 for the SX. Read more

2011 - 2015 Kia Optima

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The available Uvo telematics system receives some updates. Last year's top SX Limited trim level is now known as SXL. The Optima starts out with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 192 horsepower, about what you would expect for a base engine in this class. The available turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder achieves 274 horsepower. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission. The Optima is available in four trim levels: Choose your Kia Optima � Read more

2006 - 2010 Kia Optima

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The Optima is available in three trim levels; LX, EX and SX. The LX is equipped with a 175-hp 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder. The EX and SX trims can be had with the same 175-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder, or a 190-hp 2.7-liter V6. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the LX, while a Sportmatic five-speed automatic is available on the LX and standard on EX and SX trims. The SX upgrades to sport-tuned suspension, a black mesh grille, blacked-out headlights and hyper-silver 17" alloy wheels. Standard safety features include traction-control, stability-control, four-wheel antilock brakes an... Read more

2001 - 2005 Kia Optima


The Kia Optima is a remarkably good car for the price. Kia offers a strong value when compared against the big Japanese brands. You get a lot for your money, and unlike earlier Korean attempts at building a mid-size sedan, the Optima achieves a level of sophistication in its engine and chassis that is competitive for its size, and not just its price. For 2004, the Optima's styling is more sophisticated as well, with a new front end that gives the whole car a more subtle appearance. The available V6 engine is exceptionally smooth, and works well with the four-speed automatic transmission that c... Read more