Riding on an all-new chassis shared with the Hyundai Sonata, the redesigned 2016 Optima 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, while the uplevel 2.0-liter turbo four packs more punch.
New to the line is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The EX trim features comfortable leather seats, automatic climate control, a roomy rear seat, and heating for the seats and steering wheel.
We got 28 mpg with the 2.4-liter.
Low-positioned dash vents are our only gripe.
The latest version of Kia's UVO touch-screen infotainment system works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A hybrid is also available. The 2019 freshening brings standard advanced safety features, including forward collision and rear cross- traffic warning, lane keeping assistance, and blind spot warning. The final production run of the Optima fizzled out after 2020.