ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2010.
The Optima is redesigned for 2006 and ranks among the better family sedans. It is pleasant and a good value, with a roomy back seat. Both the 2.4- and 2.7-liter EX models we tested had a comfortable ride, but suspension noise is pronounced. Handling is not particularly agile, but the Optima is very secure. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder returned 23 mpg overall, while the more powerful 2.7-liter V6 got 21 mpg overall. Our tested models had the smooth, five-speed automatic. The interior is fitted with high-quality materials, but the driver's seat lacks lumbar support.