ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2010.
The midsized Optima is essentially a Hyundai Sonata with less-adventurous styling and a generous helping of exterior chrome. Like the Sonata, it is available in two trim levels and with a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter Four or a 2.7-liter V6. The V6 models are available only with an automatic transmission. Four-cylinder models come reasonably well equipped, though antilock brakes aren't offered. As in the Sonata, the interior is fairly spacious and quiet, and the V6 powertrain reasonably refined. Handling is not the Optima's forte.