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2019 Kia Optima

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MSRP Range :
$23,915 - $32,915
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Combined Fuel Economy
27 MPG
Horsepower
185 HP
KBB Expert Rating
4.4 
KBB Consumer Rating
4.5 
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Pros

The 2019 Kia Optima, with its handsome style, good overall value and abundant safety technology, makes a compelling case that sedans are not dead. From base LX and sporty SX to the efficient EX and hybrids, the Kia Optima meets multiple needs and budgets.

Cons

If you’re used to the higher seating position of an SUV or a crossover SUV, it might be tough to adjust back into a lower sedan such as the Optima, even with its better driving dynamics. Also, an all-wheel-drive Optima is not available.

What's New For 2019

Most significant, Kia’s new Advanced Driver Assistance System (Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Parking Distance Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Change Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist Line and Lane Departure Warning) is now included on the standard 2019 Optima, and is optional on the hybrids.

Moreover, the Optima’s UVO (voice recognition) telematics system is now broken down into three tiers to make it easier to understand and use. The 2019 Kia Optima also benefits from mildly revised front styling that links it to the Kia Stinger sports sedan.

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2019 Kia Optima Pricing

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$23,915 - $32,915

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2019 Kia Optima Expert Review

As an attractive midsize sedan offering good fuel economy, technology, value and everyday ease of use, the Kia Optima is among the company’s best-selling models. Last year, the Optima was made more enticing with a standard 7-inch touch screen offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This year it gets even better as all 2019 Optimas are equipped with a standard suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Foremost among these new safety technologies is Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, which automatically applies the brakes to prevent a frontal collision (or minimize the severity of an impact).

In addition to turbocharged engine options in standard models, the 2019 Kia Optima can also be had as a 45-mpg hybrid or a plug-in hybrid that can run up to 29 miles on electricity alone before the gasoline engine kicks in.

As with all new Kia models, the Optima has a superb 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty that far exceeds the warranties of rivals like the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Malibu.

Driving the 2019 Kia Optima

Although most people don’t think of the 2019 Kia Optima as a sports sedan, the turbocharged SX comes awfully close. While many newer sedans benefit from seven, eight or even more gear ratios, the Optima’s 6-speed automatic transmission -- with paddles mounted to the back of a new flat-bottom steering wheel -- works just fine. The transmission shifts smoothly and quickly, especially in Sport, one of the Optima’s four electronic driving modes. In spite of the SX’s sport-tuned suspension and low-profile P235/45-18 tires, the ride quality is neither too firm nor too floaty, and it’s complemented by electric-assist steering with a light but natural feel.

In LX and S guise, Kia’s midsize Optima is geared more toward comfort, and the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower is adequate for most drivers. The Optima EX, with its turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, ups the torque quotient while also returning an impressive 37 mpg on the highway, aided by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s not as refined as the conventional 6-speed automatic.

If high fuel efficiency is the priority, the 2019 Kia Optima hybrid and plug-in hybrid deliver. Though not quite as efficient as the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid, at up to 45 mpg, the Kia Optima Hybrid is impressive nonetheless. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Optima, meanwhile, can travel up to 29 miles on electricity alone. Perhaps more relevant, it is eligible for carpool stickers in California.

Favorite Features

STANDARD SAFETY SUITE
The new suite of standard safety technologies on the 209 Kia Optima is extensive. It includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (your new best friend in crowded parking lots).

ANDROID AUTO & APPLE CARPLAY
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became standard on the Optima in 2018, providing the same friendly interface you've grown to appreciate on your phone. We love this tech now as much as we did then.

2019 Kia Optima Interior

The 5-seat cabin of the 2019 Kia Optima SX is highlighted by high-quality materials, a huge glove box, easy-to-read gauges and a 10-speaker harman/kardon sound system. The front seats -- Euro-styled buckets unique to the SX with large side bolsters -- are trimmed in black leather with perforated seating surfaces done in red hide. Heated and cooled, these seats offer excellent cornering support but are remarkably comfortable over long distances.

Headroom front and back, even with the giant panoramic moonroof, is excellent, and there’s enough legroom for the Optima to accommodate four 6-footers comfortably. The Optima’s trunk is spacious at nearly 16 cubic feet. The Optima Hybrid gives up some space, coming in at 13.4, while the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid and its larger battery pack mean a smaller trunk that’s around 10 cubic feet.

2019 Kia Optima Exterior

KBB staffers agree: The Optima is a styling success, a better-looking midsize sedan than its mechanically similar Hyundai Sonata cousin. And for 2019 the Optima has been made even more striking, thanks to an updated front fascia (with LED running lights) that shows a clear DNA link to the sporty rear-wheel-drive Kia Stinger. While it’s fair to say the Optima hasn’t changed significantly for 2019, it didn’t really need to; this midsize Kia sedan already boasted clean lines and a subtly aggressive stance.

2019 Kia Optima Standard Features

Kia’s new Advanced Driver Assistance System (Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Parking Distance Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Change Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist Line and Lane Departure Warning) is included on standard 2019 Optimas (and remains optional on the hybrids). Also, UVO telematics is now tiered for easier use, and we continue to celebrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which were added to the Optima’s list of standard equipment last year.

Optima LX and S models are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The EX has a 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder and a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic gearbox, while the SX -- distinguished by a honeycomb grille and red brake calipers -- is motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed automatic.

Other standard equipment on all 2019 Kia Optimas includes air conditioning, an 8-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) touch screen, a rearview camera, Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth, along with aux and USB inputs.

2019 Kia Optima Options

As the top Optima, the SX is generously equipped but still can be ordered with the Limited Package. Included in this $3,800 package are Nappa interior leather, a flat-bottom steering wheel, 18-in. dark satin wheels, a black headliner, chrome side sills, body-color mirrors and rear spoiler, plus interior door and dash trim featuring perforated silver stitching. The package includes a handy surround-view monitor, SXL badges and four other colors of interior leather (besides standard black).

Premium packages are available on the base Optima, the LX, along with the EX. On the LX, the $2,000 package includes a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a panoramic sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gloss-black door pillars. On the EX, the Premium Package, a $3,100 option, adds a power-adjustable front-passenger seat, a harman/kardon sound system (with 14 speakers), ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel and dual-zone full-automatic climate control. If you’d like to order a base 2019 Kia Optima S with a sunroof, you can -- it’s available as a stand-alone $1,000 option.

2019 Kia Optima Engine

The Kia Optima LX and S models are equipped with a naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged) 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that sends 185 horsepower to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The EX model has better low-end torque and fuel economy, courtesy of a 178-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that mates to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

If you’re looking for more power, the Optima SX’s turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder generates 245 horsepower in a smooth and linear fashion. This engine mates to a conventional 6-speed automatic that’s more refined than the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox in the EX.

Note: The Optima Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are available as 2019 models, but they are built in South Korea (as opposed to Kia’s plant in West Point, Georgia) and unchanged for 2019. As such, they continue to use a 2.0-liter non-turbo gasoline engine paired to an electric motor. The Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid has a larger battery pack that allows the car to travel up to 29 miles on electricity alone.

In EPA fuel economy, the Optima LX is rated up to 35-mpg highway, while the EX manages 37. The SX, in spite of its added power, still gets a respectable 30 mpg on the highway.

2.4-liter inline-4 (LX, S)
185 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
178 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/33 mpg, 25/35 mpg (FE model)

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 (EX)
178 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (SX)
245 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,350-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg

2.0-liter inline-4 + Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (Hybrid)
154 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
140 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
Electric Motor: 50 horsepower/151 lb-ft of torque
Net Output: 192 horsepower/271 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 39/45 mpg

2.0-liter inline-4 + Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (Plug-in Hybrid)
154 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
140 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
Electric Motor: 66 horsepower/151 lb-ft of torque
Net Output: 202 horsepower/276 lb-ft of torque
EPA fuel economy: 103 MPGe/40 mpg combined

How Much Does the 2019 Kia Optima Cost?

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base 2019 Kia Optima LX starts at $23,820, including the $920 destination charge. The S model adds $2,000 to that price, and if you want the 1.6-liter turbo engine in the EX, you'll pay $27,720. The SX with its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine comes in at $32,820. A fully loaded SX Limited with all the trimmings will set you back around $38,000.

The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid starts at $28,090, while the Optima Plug-in Hybrid starts at $35,390. The PHEV, however, is eligible for nearly $5,000 in federal tax credits.

Overall, the Optima's prices are in line with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and the rest of the midsize-sedan segment. Check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see how much others in your area paid for their 2019 Optimas. The Kia Optima is becoming a better long-term investment, beating half the segment in resale value.

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2019 Kia Optima Consumer Reviews

4.5 

Overall Rating

5 star

77%

4 star

8%

3 star

8%

2 star

4%

1 star

4%

Value
4.6 
Performance
4.3 
Quality
4.4 
Comfort
4.5 
Reliability
4.7 
Styling
4.5 

Spike
03/18/2019
2017 Kia Optima

"Outstanding !"

Great car, fun to drive, Fast, Great MPG.
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Highly recommended.
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BKS
02/21/2019
2017 Kia Optima

"2017 Kia Optima LX"

Sharp looking. Comfortable ride. 32 mpg
None yet
Bought a used 2017 Optima LX with 17k miles two months ago and love it. Sharp looking car, and the ride is very comfortable. Has all the needed options, and still has another 3+ years on the factory warranty. Can store 3 golf bags in trunk...didn’t have 4 bags to try.
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05/24/2018
2018 Kia Optima

"I have gotten many compliments on my car"

It makes me feel good just driving it
Cant think of a Con
I owned a 20015 Sonata and it got totaled I also owned a 2016 Sonata and it got totaled so I decided to buy an Optima and I am so happy I did it has a beautiful appearance and it rides very well. The Sonata is a nice car but the optima in my opinion is top shelf
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Mo
02/19/2018
2018 Kia Optima

"I love it so far"

Just bought this car last week and I love it. I got the upgrade so I really like the remote start especially on cold mornings. The ride is smooth and comfortable even for my 6ft 3in husband. I travel for my job and I have found it very easy to get used to. I have not found anything I dislike about this vehicle.
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LV LOVELY
02/19/2018
2017 Kia Optima

"MEH - this is just an OK car"

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If you are used to quality vehicles - this car will feel one thing to you - CHEAP - thats what it feels like to me - yes, it looks OK - better than most - the interior looks pretty good but thats about it - these seats - especially the driver seat - have got to be one of the most uncomfortable OF ALL TIME - it has taken me 6+ months to get used to it -- every time i drive it - my back hurts - its uncomfortable, constantly have to shift, adjust seat, lumbar, etc... still does not help - this seat is extremely poorly designed - the gas mileage is OK - it was something like 37 combined - until the idiot at the dealer reset my trip odometer i had saved since purchasing the car (there are 2 - they didnt have to do that) so he reset them both to 0 miles - and now i only have my current combined mileage of maybe the last 500 miles - which is 27 - seriously not much better than my last car - which was a 6cyl with 355 hp - so in comparison - not that great - i usually drive in ECO mode - but its pretty bad - very sluggish - i do get on the car - i dont baby it - so i guess that is not horrible gas mileage - but its by no means phenomenal - the car was very quiet when i got it - but for some reason after 6 months you can hear a lot of outside / road noise - not happy about that - the car is light - and feels floaty - the handling is very sub par - the car looks better than most in its class - the interior looks better than a lot of models in the same class - i have the EX in the snow white pearl with black interior / wood grain trim - i drove a lexus GS F-sport before this car - so there really is no comparison - it feels like stepping down to a toyota tercel at best - my review is this car is OK - a 4 at best - but i am used to much better cars -Read less
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2019 Kia Optima Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Telematics / Communication Brand - UVO
  • Telematics / Communication Systems
  • Internet Access
  • LCD Instrument Cluster
  • Remote Engine Start - Port Installed
  • Smartphone Interface
  • USB Port

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Auxiliary Input Jack

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Power Driver's Lumbar Support Seat
  • Power Driver's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener - Port Installed
  • Remote Control Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 24 mpg
  • EPA Class - Large Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 33 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 27 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 185 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6000 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.82 inches
  • Torque - 178 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4000 rpm

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Compass - Port Installed
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P205/65R16
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Panorama Moon Roof

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 60000 miles
  • Basic Years - 5 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - 100000 miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 60000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 5 years
  • Non-Transferable Powertrain Miles - 100000 miles
  • Non-Transferable Powertrain Years - 10 years

Mechanical

  • Alternator Amps - 150 amps
  • Axle Ratio - 2.89
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.4 liter
  • Bore - 3.46 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 11.3
  • Fuel Induction - Direct Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Emissions Rating - ULEV
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • CID - 144 cubic inches
  • CCAs (Cold Cranking Amps) - 800 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Manual Mode - H-Matic
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Eco Assist System
  • Hill Start Assist

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3230 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 104.8 cubic feet
  • EPA Total Interior - 120.7 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 18.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 39.8 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.8 inches
  • Height - 57.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 45.5 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 35.6 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.3 inches
  • Overall Length - 191.1 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 58.1 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 56.4 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 15.9 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 35.8 feet
  • Wheel Base - 110.4 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 73.2 inches
  • Hip Room: Front - 56.0 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 56.0 inches
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2019 Kia Optima Safety

5.0
Crash Test Rating
Frontal Crash
5 
Side Barrier
5 
Rollover Rating
5 
Side Crash
5 
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2019 Kia Optima Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Collision Warning System
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera

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2019 Kia Optima Rankings

Horsepower
185 HP
MPG Combined
27 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.5 Rating
Rank
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HP
#5
2019 Kia Optima
185 HP

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