The Optima is very competitive among mid-sized sedans thanks to its roomy interior, easy to use controls and competent performance but it tends to fly under the radar.
It's more eye-catching than other mid-sized sedans, but less popular than the safe-bet Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The Optima is also loaded with standard and smartly priced optional features that you feel like you got more than you paid for.
The smooth 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder is mated to a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Its 8-second 0-to-60 mph time is adequate but fuel economy is 28 mpg overall, whereas a few competitors get 30 mpg or more.