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The Optima 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 was pronounced. Handling is not particularly agile but is ultimately secure. The four-cylinder returned 23 mpg overall, while the more powerful 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. Curtain air bags are standard, but the optional ABS and electronic stability control are difficult to find on the LX trimline.

See Reliability page for the latest 2008 Kia Optima recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2010.

Road Test

The Optima proves to be a nice sedan at a low price. It's four- and six-cylinder engines deliver competitive fuel economy and performance. Controls are easy to use, the interior is nicely detailed and the rear seat is among the most comfortable in it...

Highs

  • Ride, rear seat, secure at-limit handling, controls.

Lows

  • Suspension noise, driver's seat lacks lumbar support.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (162 hp)
  • 2.7-liter V6 (185 hp)