Kia’s base engine, installed in LX and EX trim levels, is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower. SX and SXL versions get a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that achieves 245 horsepower. Kia paired both engines with a six-speed automatic transmission.
A 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 178 horsepower, goes into the LX 1.6T, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Owners can add bi-xenon headlights that bend around corners on upper trim levels.
The LX 1.6T gets a fuel-economy estimate of 28 miles per gallon in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway, versus 24 city and 34 highway mpg for 2.4-liter models and 22 city and 31 highway mpg for the 2-liter turbo.
Starting at $23,050 (destination charge included), the base Optima relies on a 2.4-liter engine and comes with a rearview camera, manual air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seats, six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and a 5-inch touchscreen, three-position Driver Mode Select, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Cloth seats are standard, while the power mirrors include turn-signal indicators. An optional Convenience Package adds a power driver’s seat, power-folding heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and laminated front-door glass to reduce noise. Kia also includes blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors in this optional package.