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Kia Optima

2018
Kia Optima 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 EX sedan FWD Automatic
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Kia's midsized sedan packs a lot of substance and value. It drives nicely, with a firm yet absorbent ride and responsive, secure handling. The mainstream 2.4-liter four-cylinder is pleasant and unobtrusive, and returned 28 mpg overall in our tests, and the uplevel 2.0-liter turbo four packs more punch. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is new. The EX trim features comfortable leather seats, automatic climate control, a roomy rear seat, and heating for the seats and steering wheel. The controls are very intuitive to use. Low-positioned dash vents are our only gripe. The latest version of Kia's UVO touch-screen infotainment system works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are also available. New for 2018, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on all models. However, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are optional only on top trims.
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2016-2017
2016 Redesign Year
Kia Optima 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 EX
The midsized Optima is essentially a rebadged Hyundai Sonata sedan. The 2006 redesign maintained the comfortable, quiet cabin and composed ride. Though not agile, handling was better. ABS and ESC were common with the EX, rare in the LX. The 3.3-liter V6 is responsive and averaged 21 mpg, while the four-cylinder engine averaged 26 mpg, which was very good. A major redesign for 2011 made the Optima much better, with nimble handling but a rather firm, even stiff ride. The up-level engine, a lively turbocharged four-cylinder, returned a respectable 24 mpg but less refined than a V6. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder performs well. An unrefined hybrid is offered too. The coupe-like styling detracts from rear visibility and cabin access.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
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2016 $16,300 - $26,450 $13,460 - $23,210
2011-2015
2011 Redesign Year
Kia Optima 2015 Trim Shown: 2015 Base
A major redesign for 2011 made the Optima much better, with nimble handling, but a stiff ride. The up-level engine, a lively turbocharged four-cylinder, returned a respectable 24 mpg, but exhibited less refinement than a V6. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder performs well. An unrefined hybrid is offered too. The coupe-like styling detracts from rear visibility and cabin access. We'd try to find an Optima LX with the Convenience Plus package in order to get the power driver's seat and rear camera. Our other favorite combination is the Optima EX with the Premium and Technology (navigation and blind spot monitoring) packages.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $14,550 - $22,725 $11,840 - $19,640
2014 $13,100 - $20,475 $10,425 - $17,425
2013 $11,525 - $17,450 $8,910 - $14,460
2012 $9,800 - $13,000 $7,220 - $10,170
2011 $8,525 - $11,200 $5,985 - $8,485
2006-2010
2006 Redesign Year
Kia Optima 2010
The 2006 mid-model year redesign maintained the comfort of the quiet cabin and the composed ride, while improving handling. ABS and ESC were common with the EX, but hard to find in the LX. Controls are easy to use, the interior is nicely detailed and the rear seat is among the most comfortable in its class. Optional, power-adjustable pedals help all drivers find a comfortable position. Outward visibility is very good, but the high rear deck lid limits the view when backing up. Overall, it's a nice sedan at a low price, with engines delivering competitive fuel economy and performance.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $6,425 - $7,775 $3,990 - $5,240
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2009 $5,300 - $6,750 $2,950 - $4,300
2008 $4,475 - $5,250 $2,165 - $2,865
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2007 $3,725 - $4,400 $1,550 - $2,100
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2006 $3,400 - $4,225 $1,285 - $1,935
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2001-2005
2001 Redesign Year
Kia Optima 2005 Trim Shown: 2005 Sedan
The midsized Optima delivers a lot of content at a reasonable price. Comfort, quiet and refinement are numbered solidly among its attributes. The Kia also has very good fit and finish. The engine, while smooth, isn't very fuel efficient, despite its small displacement. Agility is lacking too. Limited headroom, inhibited access and a somewhat compromised driving position are issues as well. With all of that said however, its Poor score in the IIHS side-crash test is our most significant concern about this model.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $3,275 - $3,850 $1,175 - $1,625
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2004 $2,850 - $3,150 $820 - $1,070
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2003 $2,725 - $3,225 $725 - $1,125
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2002 $2,650 - $3,025 $665 - $970
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2001 N/A N/A
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