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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 previous generation Hyundai Sonata is a good car but falls a bit 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. A 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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