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Kia Optima
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$21,500 - $35,300
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Kia Optima Overview

Kia's version of the Hyundai Sonata falls short of its corporate cousin in ride comfort, braking, and fuel economy. It handles well but the ride is borderline stiff and road noise is noticeable. The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder performs well. Top-level trims get a turbo four-cylinder that's economical and powerful but not as refined as competitors' V6 engines. A hybrid is also available. The front seats are comfortable, but the rear seat is low. The styling detracts from rear visibility and access. The 2014 freshening brought minor interior upgrades. Reliability has been average for the four-cylinder and hybrid, below average for the turbo.

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