There is no more competitive automotive segment than that for midsize sedans, and in that group the Kia Optima is a strong contender for the customer's dollar. It's not the segment leader, or the most powerful, or the best-known. But it offers a combination of an attractive price, commendable fuel efficiency, a spacious interior, stylish appearance, more-than-ample performance, and an outstanding array of standard safety features that few others can match. The Optima stands as a very appealing and logical choice for the sensible consumer looking for a lot of value for the money.
The front-wheel-drive Optima offers a choice of a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine, each of which ranks near top of its class for fuel efficiency. We like the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder; rated at 175 horsepower, it's among the strongest in the class and gets an EPA-rated 22/32 City/Highway miles per gallon with either the manual or automatic transmission. The 2.7-liter V6 is smoother and slightly more powerful with 194 horsepower and earns an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg; the V6 comes with an automatic.
The Optima's shape is less rounded than the average sedan so it has plenty of headroom and a light and airy cabin. The high-volume EX model won't leave you wanting for more features, and every Optima includes six airbags and stability control.