2019 Kia Optima Sedan

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2019 Kia Optima Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Kia Optima LX include Theta II 2.4L I-4 185hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2019 Kia
Optima Sedan

Starting at: $22,990

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - UVO eServices
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 97.0mm (3.46" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 11.30 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,465kg (3,230lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,060kg (4,541lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,854mm (191.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,859mm (73.2")
  • Exterior height - 1,466mm (57.7")
  • Wheelbase - 2,804mm (110.4")
  • Front legroom - 1,156mm (45.5")
  • Rear legroom - 904mm (35.6")
  • Front headroom - 1,011mm (39.8")
  • Rear headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,476mm (58.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,433mm (56.4")
  • Passenger volume - 3,418L (120.7 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 450 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 450 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sportmatic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 27mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 24mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 33mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 205/65HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/65HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Lane departure - Lane Keep Assist active
  • Blind spot sensor - Blind-Spot Collision Warning warning
  • Forward collision - Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) mitigation
  • Rear collision - Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning warning
  • Exterior parking camera rear - Rear View Monitor with Parking Guidance yes


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LX 2019 Kia Optima Sedan LX Search New $22,990   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  
S 2019 Kia Optima Sedan S Search New $24,990   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  
EX 2019 Kia Optima Sedan EX Search New $26,890   178-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  27 / 37  
SX Turbo 2019 Kia Optima Sedan SX Turbo Search New $31,990   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 30  


Driving Impression

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The base 2.4-liter engine’s torque of 178 pound-feet is adequate for around-town acceleration, but the 1.6-liter turbo’s 195 pound-feet is much better. However its 7-speed dual-clutch transmission behaved a bit balky during our seat time. Meanwhile the 2.0-liter turbo-4 earns heap of praise from us.

The SX is the fun-to-drive Optima. Its 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic. Power comes on strong at the bottom, with all the torque available at just 1,350 rpm, while paddle shifters make the transmission snap off shifts. And the power doesn’t mean noise, as the SX has more sound insulation.

Every Optima has a selector for eco and normal modes, while the EX and SX add a sport mode. In eco mode all the responses are dulled to save fuel; in sport mode the shifts are sharper and come at higher rpm.

The LX and S keep a composed grip on the road, drawing on the Optima independent suspension with front MacPherson struts and a multi-link rear. This generation of Optima rides more smoothly than the last, with softer springs and more elastic front bushings; but it also leans more in corners, though not so much that it’s an issue. The electric power steering is progressive and tracks well.

The Hybrids share the pleasant road manners. Both hybrids have a smooth and comfortable ride, thanks partly to their weight and also softer suspension settings.

The Hybrid uses a 154-horsepower 2.0-liter engine with a 1.6-kwh lithium-polymer battery pack and electric motor, for a net combined horsepower of 192. It can go a very short distance on battery power alone. The 6-speed automatic’s shifts are smoother thanks to the battery power.

The Plug-In Hybrid uses a larger 9.8-kwh battery pack and a more powerful electric motor, for a net output of 202 horsepower; but it’s also about 250 pounds heavier. It can go for up to 29 miles on electric power, or EV mode; but it’s not easy. You have to go very very easy on the throttle, or the engine will kick in.

Walk Around

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The Optima’s handsome four-door design has worked well enough since 2016 that Kia has passed the look over to the sporty mid-size Stinger, and down to the compact Forte.

The coupe-like roofline that kicks up at the rear pillar sets the style for the rest of the car. Sculpted fenders are on the same page as the wide oval grille. By its profile, the Optima can easily be mistaken for a BMW.

The Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid are almost indistinguishable to the eye, with only small badge and trim differences.

Interior Overview

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The dashboard has hints of flair, and doesn’t wrap as much as some full-size sedans, so it feels less like a cockpit for the driver. The LX comes with cloth upholstery and metallic trim consistent with its entry-level status. The SX gets some luxury touches, namely more sound insulation, lovely detailed stitching on its leather seats, and gloss black trim.

There are three infotainment systems. The LX gets Uvo Play, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a USB port. The S and EX get Uvo Link, which adds some apps that work with a smartphone, such as vehicle diagnostics, speed alerts, and geo-fencing. Uvo Link with Navigation adds maps with fine resolution.

In the front seats, passengers get deep bolsters and good cushioning for long legs and wide hips. The diamond-quilted seats on the SX look like over-the-top luxury.

In the rear, the sloping roofline steals some headroom; 6-footers will feel their heads brushing the headliner. But it’s wide enough for three, and the wide rear doors make entry and exit easy.

The trunk’s 15.9 cubic feet is about average for a full-size car, however the rear seatbacks fold to open the back of the car to the trunk, something we wish all sedans did.

On the Hybrids, the batteries nibble at cargo space. Hybrid sedans have 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Plug-In Hybrid has only 9.8 cubic feet.


New Car Test Drive

If you agree that the best thing about the Optima sedan is its striking BMW-like looks, then the well-equipped LX is a bargain. The SX shows a lot of spirit, with strong horsepower and torque that comes on very low, and a paddle-shifting 6-speed automatic that doesn’t come with the hesitation of the 7-speed twin-clutch in the EX. All Optimas get an excellent warranty and lots of standard equipment, which makes it even more of a value.

Model Lineup

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The 2019 Optima is available in LX, S, EX, and SX models.

The $23,820 Optima LX is very well equipped, with power windows and doors, cruise control, Bluetooth with audio streaming, keyless ignition, power front seats, 16-inch wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and automatic emergency braking.

The $25,820 Optima S adds 17-inch wheels, front and rear spoilers, and 10-way power front seats. Options include 18-inch wheels and a twin-pane sunroof.

The $27,720 Optima EX gets the 1.6-liter turbo-4 and adds dual-zone climate control, woodgrain trim, and leather upholstery with heating for the front seats.

At the top of the range, the $32,820 Optima SX sports a 2.0-liter turbo-4, as well as an 8.0-inch touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, gloss black trim, cooled front seats, adaptive headlights, and keyless ignition. A surround-view camera system is available.

The Optima Hybrids come only as an EX, at $28,815 for the plain Hybrid and $36,210 for the Plug-In Hybrid. They have a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, leather upholstery, power front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Optima features a strong 5-year, 60,000-mile warranty, with 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage.

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