Kia Optima

Kia Optima

About Kia Optima

For 2017, the Kia Optima sedan continues its march to perfection, building on the impressive improvements from last year’s launch by adding a plug-in hybrid model. Already a segment leader in the areas of performance, power, fuel economy and technology, the 2017 Optima sedan expands the availability of driver-assist features such as autonomous braking, but only on the EX and higher trims. For comparison, Toyota has this technology standard on every Camry regardless of trim. However, in almost every other area of interest to buyers, the Optima is more than a match for its rivals, including the Chevy Malibu, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion.

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LATEST MODEL
2017 Kia Optima
What's new for 2017?
2017 Kia Optima

The 2017 Kia Optima gets a new plug-in hybrid model with an estimated 600-mile total driving range, but only 27 of that in full EV mode. The SX and SXL receive new 18-inch wheels, LED adaptive headlights and auto high beams; the SX gains a Value Package and revised Launch Edition package.

  • Expert Rating: 9
  • Consumers Rating: 8.9
  • MPG 24|34
2016 Kia Optima
What's new for 2016?
2016 Kia Optima

The 2016 Kia Optima is all-new this year, with a stiffer structure, retuned suspension, bigger interior and trunk, improved engines with better drivability and fuel economy, and a host of new technology features. The modestly different styling doesn't capture the extent of the changes underneath.

2015 Kia Optima
What's new for 2015?
2015 Kia Optima

The cruise-control buttons are moved to the right side steering wheel spoke and acoustic laminated windshield glass is now standard on all but the LX trim, which offers it as an option. The UVO2 telematics system is upgraded to include parenting features: speed alerts, curfew reminders and Geo Fencing.

2014 Kia Optima
What's new for 2014?
2014 Kia Optima

For 2014, Kia has revised the Optima’s styling, accentuating its dramatic front and rear end. Interior upgrades include the addition of 4.3-inch TFT LCD cluster display screen, new seat designs and an available Blind Spot Detection System (BSD) with rear cross traffic alert. A new Driver Mode Select option adjusts shift points and steering weight.

2013 Kia Optima
What's new for 2013?
2013 Kia Optima

For 2013, Kia has added a Limited model to the SX trim than includes Nappa leather seating, LED daytime running lights, red brake calipers and 18-inch chrome wheels. The manual transmission on the LX trim has been dropped, as has the turbo version of the EX.

2012 Kia Optima
What's new for 2012?
2012 Kia Optima

The 2012 Kia Optima sedan receives a number of improvements and feature upgrades. Foglights and heated side mirrors are added to the standard-equipment list, while the LX trim receives automatic headlights. The Premium package, available on the EX, EX Turbo and SX, gains an 8-speaker Infinity audio system, Kia's UVO voice-activated infotainment system, and power-folding mirrors. HD Radio and power-folding mirrors are added to the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid's Premium and Technology package.

2011 Kia Optima
What's new for 2011?
2011 Kia Optima

The 2011 Kia Optima is as all-new as it gets, offering sharper interior and exterior styling, new engine options (including a turbocharged variant) and new tech-savvy features

2010 Kia Optima
What's new for 2010?
2010 Kia Optima

Changes for 2010 are limited to a new blacked-out lower rear bumper on V6 models and the addition of push-button start to all SX trims.

2009 Kia Optima
What's new for 2009?
2009 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima receives a major freshening, with a new front end, revised rear end and an upgraded interior. The 2009 model gains over two additional inches in length, as well as a new, more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Other news includes the addition of a new trim, the SX, and an available onboard navigation unit.

2008 Kia Optima
What's new for 2008?
2008 Kia Optima

No major changes for 2008.

2007 Kia Optima
What's new for 2007?
2007 Kia Optima

No major changes for 2007.

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Consumer Reviews

Value, value, value

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet, good ride, good and easy to use technology."

Cons: "nothing that jumps out at me."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"As we searched the landscape for a mid-sized sedan, we tested the Sonata,Fusion, Camry and Accord and found the 2016 Kia LX to be the best "bang for the buck" product. Kia has tweaked the suspension to give the Optima a ride similar to the type you would experience in the premium priced sedans. It is very quiet and handles well. We opted for the "convenience package" which includes blind spot sensors, back-up assist and a twelve-way drivers side seat with memory. Having owned a Camry and several Accords this car surprised us. Very well-built and solid all the way around. The 2.4 liter four has plenty of zip and with three driving modes included it's a fun drive. Rated at 39 mpg on the highway and with less than 1000 miles on it I got 38 mpg on a recent all highway drive. The seats are comfortable and the cockpit is spacious. Several people have commented that it seems like a full-sized car on the inside."

94 people out of 105 found this review helpful

Very good vehicle for the -price

By on Sunday, October 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "mileage, reliability, looks"

Cons: "a little noisy on the road"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My first Kia Optima and I am so happy with the front legroom and headroom. Peppy for a 4 cylinder. On recent trip I got more than 37 m/p/g. Plenty of room in front for a big guy like me, and sufficient leg room in the rear seats."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great vehicle!

By on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great product and sporty"

Cons: "Plastic spots I don't like, but not dealbreaker"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I drive about 150 miles daily, the car has been great so far, it is comfortable and looks sporty. I currently got the EX with the Premium Package, so with the panoramic sunroof it really looks like a premium car, people can't believe it is a Kia. I would definitely recommend this car or brand since the new ones are looking great as well. One thing I would have done different even though I love my optima it was to get the SXL, the power and features it has is worth it."

14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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