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With its creased sheet metal and low-slung shape, there's luxury-car sophistication to the Optima's exterior that you don't see in a lot of family sedans.
- Cars.com

Introduction

European-style design, topped by a coupe-like roofline, gives Kia's midsize sedan a more distinctive appearance than most family sedans.Diverse powertrain possibilities boost its appeal.

Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the Optima shows little change for 2017, other than newly standard 18-inch wheels for SX and SXL trim levels.Option-package contents have been modified a bit.

Similar to the Hyundai Sonata (from Kia's parent company), the Optima is a capable family hauler that promises good value.Five trim levels are offered: LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX, and SXL.Optimas may be powered by any of three four-cylinder engine choices: a turbocharged 1.6-liter, turbo 2.0-liter, or naturally aspirated 2.4-liter.

Available in base LX or step-up EX trim, the direct-injected 2.4-liter develops 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.A 6-speed automatic is the sole transmission.

Optional for the LX, Kia's 1.6-liter turbo produces 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet, the latter at a mere 1,500 rpm.The 1.6-liter mates with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that operates like a regular automatic.

SX and SXL versions get the stronger 2.0-liter turbo, generating 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet.The 6-speed automatic transmission includes paddle shifters.In each Optima, Drive Mode Select offers Sport, Normal, and Eco modes.

Kia also offers an Optima Hybrid and the company's first Plug-in Hybrid.Both hybrids use a 154-horsepower gasoline engine, coupled to an electric motor and lithium-polymer battery pack.Each mates with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Optimas have scored well in crash-testing.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Optima five stars for each test, including frontal and side impacts.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a Good rating in each category, including the small-overlap test, naming Optima a Top Safety Pick.With active-safety features installed, the Optima nabbed a Superior rating for crash mitigation and avoidance.

An impressive collection of active-safety features is standard in top SXL trim, but those items cost quite a lot when purchased in option groups for lesser trim levels.All Optimas have a rearview camera.SX and SXL editions can get a surround-view camera.No spare tire is provided in LX models, but a tire mobility kit includes sealant and an inflator.

Lineup

LX 2.4 ($22,200) includes the 6-speed automatic, a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth, and 16-inch alloy wheels.(Prices are MSRP do not include $895 destination charge.)

LX 1.6T ($24,140) gets the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, heated power-folding mirrors with turn-signal indicators, pushbutton start, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

EX 2.4 ($25,440) has the 6-speed automatic transmission, 2.4-liter engine, leather upholstery, power driver's seat, heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lamps and taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated steering wheel, woodgrain trim, and UVO eServices.

SX 2.0T ($29,940) gets the 2.0-liter engine, 6-speed automatic, paddle shifters, LED headlights, navigation with 8-inch touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, and metal pedals.

SXL 2.0T ($36,090) comes with Nappa leather upholstery, a sunroof, ventilated power front seats, heated rear seats, and 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio,

Active-safety/driver-assistance features standard with SXL include blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, and rear parking assist.Most items are available as options on other trim levels.

Hybrid Premium ($25,995) uses a gasoline/electric powertrain with 6-speed automatic.Standard are a 7-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, UVO eServices, 16-inch wheels, and cloth upholstery.

Hybrid EX ($30,990) adds navigation, Harman Kardon audio, leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, and 17-inch wheels.

Plug-in Hybrid EX ($35,210) has the gasoline/electric powertrain, but can be plugged into an electrical outlet for recharging.

Walkaround

Fans of the previous Optima should be pleased to know that Kia designers didn't tamper much with the basic design.While touching up details, they retained its taut body lines and close-to-coupe roof profile.Though still striking, an Optima doesn't stand quite as far apart from the midsize pack as it used to.Design has evolved judiciously, leaving the most compelling qualities intact.

Overall proportions of this mature Optima almost suggest a rear-drive sport sedan rather than a front-drive family transporter.The swoopy roofline extends further rearward than some, ensuring adequate rear-seat headroom.

Driving Impression

Even though Optimas lack a sporty nature, falling slightly short on spirit, their ride/handling balance ranks among the best in the midsize class.Ride comfort reaches well beyond prior Optimas.Pleasantly compliant when encountering minor bumps and holes, the Optima suffers little bounciness when pavement flaws grow harsher.

Especially in SX or SXL trim, Optimas also stand well above the crowd in handling prowess.Body lean in curves or corners is predictable, Optimas feels adeptly composed, and the brake pedal feels confident.

Kia uses two electric power-steering configurations.SX/SXL models have a rack-mounted setup that provides precise feel when slightly off-center.In lesser trim levels, a column-mounted system yields a good sense of steering-wheel centering.

The Drive Mode Select system alters shift points and gas-pedal sensitivity.Eco mode may induce indecisive shifting, especially with the 1.6T engine, though it delivers gentle takeoffs from a stop.

Most popular engine is the smooth, responsive 2.4-liter.Because peak torque comes at higher engine speed, the transmission will downshift more often.The 2.0-liter turbo is more responsive at lower speed, and its transmission shifts smoothly.

The 1.6-liter turbo generally feels stronger than the 2.4-liter, but the hesitant dual-clutch transmission disappoints.Shifts are smooth when passing, but downshifts are delayed on hilly or curvy terrain.Low-speed parking maneuvers also frustrate.

Fuel economy is good, but not great.In LX trim, the 2.4-liter is EPA-rated at 25/36 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined.In EX guise, it's estimated at 24/34/28 mpg.

The 2.0-liter turbo is EPA-rated at 22/31 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined.Most frugal is the 1.6-liter, rated at 28/37 mpg City/Highway, or 31 mpg Combined.

For the most miserly driving, the Optima Hybrid is rated at 42 mpg Combined.An Optima Plug-In Hybrid can travel nearly 30 miles on electricity alone.

Summary

Kia continues to offer an appealing choice in a competitive category, promising excellent value.Expect high-level refinement and an enticing interior, regardless of model.Each Optima is well-equipped, but the SXL – though expensive – includes a truly impressive group of safety/driver-assistance features.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

Interior

Clean-looking and carefully organized, the cabin makes better use of available space than previous Optimas.More horizontally-oriented than in the past, the low dashboard reaches out to each side, rather than leaning toward the driver.

Even base LX models promise a degree of poshness suggestive of near-luxury motoring.Doors, for instance, close with a solid, precise thud.Quietness within the cabin is immediately evident.Slim roof pillars help provide outstanding visibility.

Front-seat comfort is helped by relatively long cushions and helpful side support.Back support ranks above average for affordable sedans.

Six-footers may consider back-seat headroom a tad tight.Long rear doors permit easy entry and exit.All Optimas have a 60/40-split rear seat.Trunk space totals a near-average 15.9 cubic feet.

A simple interface uses rotary knobs for audio and climate control.Touchscreen operation is reasonably intuitive.Android Auto and Apple CarPlay provide smartphone interaction via UVO eServices (standard in upper trim levels).

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimSimulated wood
Door trimSimulated wood
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimLeather/metal-look
Steering wheel trimLeather
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releaseProximity
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).27 cD
Front Head Room1,010 mm
Front Hip Room1,423 mm
Front Leg Room1,155 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,475 mm
Front track1,613 mm
Overall height1,465 mm
Overall Length4,855 mm
Overall Width1,860 mm
Rear Head Room960 mm
Rear Hip Room1,422 mm
Rear Leg Room905 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,432 mm
Rear track1,621 mm
Wheelbase2,805 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 4-way
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
Axle ratio2.89
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Compression Ratio11.30 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement144 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power185 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size2.4 L
Torque242 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV125
Exterior Features
GrilleMetal-look w/chrome surround
Tailpipe finisherPolished
Fuel Consumption
City9.6 L/100 km
Combined8.4L/100 km
Highway6.8 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.4 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear CollisionRear Cross Traffic Alert warning
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Memorized Settings
includes door mirror(s)Yes
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Power retractable mirrorsPower retractable mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
Climate controlledHeated
FoldingFold forward seatback
HeatedHeated
TypeBench
Roof
Extended sunroofExtended sunroof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryLeather
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter17.0"
PrefixP
Profile55
Speed RatingV
TypeAS
Width215 mm
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance100,000 km
basic months60 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place450 L
Curb weight1,525 kg
EPA interior volume2,967 L
Fuel Capacity70 L
Gross vehicle weight2,040 kg
Ground clearance135 mm
Max cargo capacity450 L
Turning radius5 m
Wheels
Diameter17
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - rain sensingRain sensing
Heated Windshield Washer JetsWiper park
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Side window sunshadeManual
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Blind spot sensor
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Outside temperature display
Rain sensing wipers
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Sun blinds
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Mode select transmission
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Heated rear seats
Leather shift knob
Leather steering wheel
Leather upholstery
Power 4-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

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