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.