As an attractive midsize sedan that offers good efficiency, value, technology and everyday ease of use, the 2019 Kia Optima is one of the best-selling models on the market. Last year, the Optima captivated with standard 7-inch touchscreen offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This year is get even better because all 2019 Kia Optima is equipped with a standard suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
Some people may not want all that safety technology, but everybody will appreciate Kia incredible 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, which far exceeds the range you will get from rivals such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
The 2019 Kia Optima comes in four trim levels: LX, S, EX and SX. Kia advanced driver assistance systems (rear cross-traffic collision warning, blind-spot collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, forward collision warning, parking distance warning, lane-keeping assist line, lane change assist and lane departure warning) are standard on every 2019 Kia Optima. The UVO telematics has been enhanced for easier use, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were added to the Optima list of standard equipment last year. Other standard equipment on all 2019 Kia Optima includes air conditioning, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth, USB and aux inputs.
Every 2019 Kia Optima is front-wheel drive. The LX and S models are equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The EX turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine has better low-end torque and fuel economy, producing 178 horsepower that mates to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. If you need more power, the 2019 Kia Optima SX turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder makes 245 hp in a smooth and linear fashion. This engine mated to a conventional 6-speed automatic and more refined than the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox in the EX.
2.4-liter four-cylinder (LX, S)
185 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
178 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 24/33 mpg
1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (EX)
178 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 27/37 mpg
2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (SX)
245 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,350-4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 21/30 mpg
The 2019 Kia Optima is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base LX has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $23,820 (including $920 destination fee). The S trim starts at $25,820, and if you want the EX turbo engine, you’ll pay $27,720. The SX comes in at $32,820. A fully loaded SX Limited will set you back around $38,000.