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  • 2.4L I-4 185hp engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • side seat mounted airbags
  • curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags
  • driver knee airbag
  • airbag occupancy sensor
  • air conditioning
  • 16" aluminum wheels
  • cruise control
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • electronic stability.

The Kia Optima is a five-seat, front-wheel-drive midsize sedan, placing it squarely in one of the most competitive car classes.

The optima offers the choice of three different powertrains. The LX, EX, and new S trims offer a 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a Sportmatic six-speed automatic transmission. The LX 1.6T comes with a 178-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The SX Turbo comes with a 245-hp 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a Sportmatic six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include electronic stability control, traction control, 4-wheel disc ABS brakes, rear camera, front active headrests and 7 airbags. Available features include Panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats and Nappa leather seating surfaces.

The Optima is a carry-over model for 2018.

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With its creased sheet metal and low-slung shape, there's luxury-car sophistication to the Optima's exterior that you don't see in a lot of family sedans.
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Honda and Toyota should pay close attention to the Optima's success, which seems all but inevitable.
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...the Optima lags a little behind its peers. Its seats are hard and unsupportive, road noise is abundant over rough surfaces, and some of the lower trim plastics are hard and scratchy.
- Automobile, CarsDirect

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Full Review


When it was redesigned for 2011, Kia's midsize Optima established a trend toward sedans that stand out in styling, unlike the often-dowdy four-doors of the past.Reworked again for 2016, the Eurostyled Optima enhanced that perception.

Little has changed for the 2018 model year, except for adding a sportier-looking Optima S trim level, at a particularly tempting price.In addition, several valuable active-safety features are now standard or available for more models.All Optimas now have blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, plus rear parking assistance.A rearview camera also is standard.

Base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with direct injection, standard in LX, EX, and new S trim levels.Developing 185-horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, it works with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Optional on the LX is a more fuel-efficient 1.6-liter turbo, rated at 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, mating with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.In Optima SX trim, a 2.0-liter turbo produces 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, driving a 6-speed automatic.

In the Optima Hybrid, a 154-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine is coupled to an electric motor and 1.62-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, achieving a combined fuel-economy estimate of 42 mpg.Total output from the Hybrid powertrain is 192 horsepower.The Hybrid can travel short distances, at low speed, on battery power alone.

The Plug-in Hybrid, which can be recharged at an electrical outlet, couples the same 2.0-liter engine to a stronger (9.8-kWh) battery and electric motor.Combined output, at 202 horsepower, is slightly higher than the regular Hybrid.Weighing about 250 pounds more than the Optima Hybrid, the Plug-in can travel up to 27 miles on battery power alone.It's EPA-rated at 103 MPGe (equivalent), or 40 mpg Combined when running on gasoline.

All Optimas have front-wheel drive.Each promises comfort and satisfying ride/handling qualities, though none qualify as sporty in nature.The new Optima S looks a bit more sporty, with its own front bumper, decklid spoiler, and 17-inch wheels.

In addition to greater availability of advanced safety features, led by automatic emergency braking, Optima has earned top crash-test ratings.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Optima a Top Safety Pick+, after it earned top Good scores on every crash test, and also for headlights.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Optima a five-star rating overall, and in each crash-test conducted.

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