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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 models we tested had a fairly comfortable ride. Handling is not particularly agile but is ultimately secure. The four-cylinder returned 25 mpg overall, while the more powerful V6 got 22 mpg overall. Our tested models had the smooth, five-speed automatic. The interior is fitted with high-quality materials, but the driver's seat is short on lumbar support.

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 well-rounded Kia Optima is a sensible and competitively priced sedan. It may not be an exciting drive, but it's roomy, rides well, handles securely and has a refined four-cylinder powertrain returning a commendable 25 mpg overall. Fit and finish...

Highs

  • Powertrain, fuel economy, rear seat, controls.

Lows

  • Front-seat lumbar support.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 2.7-liter V6 (194 hp)