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Kia Optima

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2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
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2019 Kia Optima Ratings & Reliability
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 2.4-liter four-cylinder is pleasant and returned 28 mpg overall in our tests; the uplevel 2.0-liter turbo-four packs more punch. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is also available. Both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are available. 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, but the low-mounted dash vents tend to blow more air on the driver's hands than on his face. The freshened 2019 Optima comes standard with advanced safety features, including forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic warning, lane keeping assist, and blind spot warning.
2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Kia Optima 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $16,550 - $21,725 $13,505 - $19,455
2017 $14,850 - $22,350 $11,920 - $20,055
2016 $13,250 - $20,500 $10,325 - $18,175
2011-2015
2011 Redesign Year
Kia Optima 2015
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 $11,525 - $17,675 $8,660 - $14,570
2014 $9,675 - $15,250 $6,895 - $12,045
2013 $8,300 - $12,525 $5,555 - $9,505
2012 $6,400 - $9,575 $3,765 - $6,715
2011 $5,875 - $8,400 $3,240 - $5,590
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 $5,450 - $6,250 $2,800 - $3,550
2009 $4,600 - $5,875 $2,055 - $3,205
2008 $3,900 - $4,475 $1,495 - $1,945
2007 $2,900 - $3,600 $895 - $1,245
2006 $2,450 - $3,175 $530 - $1,080
2001-2005
2001 Redesign Year
Kia Optima 2005
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 $2,450 - $2,875 $520 - $850
2004 $2,450 $510 - $520
2003 $2,450 $510 - $515
2002 $2,450 $510
2001 $2,450 $510