2017 Kia Optima Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $23,095 | Build
Above Average: Value, features, warranty, interior design/layout
Below Average: Little worth noting
Consensus: An impressively well-rounded midsize sedan
Elegantly Styled, Feature-Filled and Comfortable, With New Hybrid Options
Completely redesigned last year, the Kia Optima returns with minor changes to gas-powered models for 2017. The Optima’s key draw remains an appealing mix of style, features and price, but the redesign has added new levels of refinement. For 2017, the biggest news is on the hybrid side: the Optima hybrid receives a new powertrain and the redesign applied to the rest of the lineup, and there's an all-new plug-in hybrid model that boasts about 29 miles of all-electic range on a full charge and 600 miles of total driving range. Kia can't offer the same decades-deep reputation for reliability that distinguishes some of its key competitors, but it can offer the best warranty in the segment: 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
From Behind the Wheel
From our 2017 Kia Optima full review: "While we would never confuse this midsize family sedan with a BMW, Audi or Cadillac sports sedan, the 2017 Kia Optima delivers performance and handling a cut above most of its peers. The electric power steering on the SX and SXL trims, for example, is every bit as good as a hydraulic setup, with strong feedback and good on-center feel."
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A Luxury-Like Option
Most midsize sedans top out in the low- to mid-$30,000 range, but the 2017 Kia Optima is offered in a top-of-the-line model that nears $37,000 thanks to exclusive features like an addictively soft quilted Nappa leather interior.
The Optima is available with Kia's excellent UVO infotainment system. It includes parent-helping features like speed alert, curfew alert, geo-fencing and driving score (a monthly report on how the car is driven). There are other cool features like a surround-view camera, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Build and Price
The 2017 Kia Optima LX starts just over $23,000, while a fully loaded top-tier Optima Limited will run about $37,000. Build and price your own 2017 Kia Optima and we'll help you make sure you pay the right price.
The Kia Optima was one of five midsize sedans we drove 600 roundtrip miles from Southern California to Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of our most recent Midsize Sedan Comparison Test.
Owner Pete has this to say about the Optima: "Many options that are easy to use and hands on for almost all. Comfortable to sit in- especially for taller people over 6'. A really smooth overall ride. Comes with the 3 month Sirius system as a bonus. Can't say anything negative about this car except that you have no key system to open your car in an emergency and the remote opener has to be pointed exactly to open the trunk sometimes. (not a big deal)." Read more Kia Optima consumer reviews.
The 2017 Kia Optima is a worthy entry on any midsize sedan shopping list, but so are most of the cars in the segment. Don't make a move until you've seen our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide.
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