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A spacious, family-friendly sedan with plenty to offer.

Kia Optima Review | CarMax

If you're in the market for a new-to-you vehicle and are leaning towards a more compact sedan, you may still be looking for an option that offers plenty of comfortable seating and storage space. Learn more about this vehicle in our Kia Optima review:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Add-On Packages Galore.

In addition to having several trim levels to choose from, buyers of the Kia Optima will enjoy a wide range of available add-on packages to fully customize their purchase. For example, the 2017 Kia Optima has the option to add on the Sport Value Package and the Premium Plus Package, which adds features like lane departure warning, rear window sunshades, and an upgraded 10-speaker audio system. The Technology package is also a great option, offering additional USB ports, a larger 8-inch touchscreen interface, blind-spot monitoring, and more.

2. Clever and Spacious Storage.

Kia Optima Review: Cargo | CarMax

Throughout the interior, space has been well-utilized to maximize cargo and small-item storage. For example, in the 2017 Kia Optima, each door has its own built-in cup holder and individual storage tray. Underneath the center seat, there is also a small bin for added storage. In terms of trunk space, the 2017 Kia Optima continues to impress at 15.8 cubic feet, which is among the most spacious in its class.

3. Generous Standard Features

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You don't need to upgrade to the highest trim level to enjoy some nice standard features. For example, even in the base LX trim on the 2018 Kia Optima, you'll enjoy features like a rearview camera, remote locking/unlocking, selectable driving modes for a smoother ride, and Bluetooth® connectivity.

4. Nice Tech Equipment

If you're looking for a vehicle that comes standard with plenty of tech equipment, the Kia Optima is an excellent choice. The 2017 model offers standard smartphone integration (for both Apple® and Android® devices), as well as a user-friendly infotainment interface. Higher trim levels even boast additional tech features, such as a larger 8-inch touchscreen with navigation included. You can maximize your tech features on the 2018 Kia Optima by selecting the Technology add-on package as well.

5. Smooth, Comfortable Ride

Kia Optima Review: Front Seat | CarMax

From a comfort standpoint, the Kia Optima really stands out. In the front row, drivers and passengers enjoy plenty of space even for those of taller stature. In the rear seat, there is plenty of leg room to stretch out comfortably. Combine this with a quiet cabin and you've got yourself a smooth and cozy ride.

Kia Optima Review: Back Seat | CarMax

What You Need to Know

Kia Optima Average CarMax Price1

  • 2014-2016: Average price less than $16,000.
  • 2017-2018: Average price less than $17,000.

Kia Optima Trim Levels (2016 – 2017)

  • LX - The base LX trim includes such standard features as 16-inch wheels, a rearview camera, and selectable driving modes. Read more about the LX trim.
  • SX - The SX trim is equipped with an upgraded, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine for more zip behind the wheel. Read more about the SX trim.
  • EX - The EX trim includes such upgrades as leather upholstery and dual-zone climate control for added comfort. Read more about the EX trim.
  • SX Limited - This top-of-the-line trim includes a 360-degree parking camera and wireless smartphone charging.

Kia Optima Interior

Even in its base LX trim, the Kia Optima has a nice interior with high-end materials that make it feel like a higher end vehicle without the luxury price tag. Combine this sleek interior styling with ample passenger and cargo space, and you've got a sedan that feels more like a small SUV on the inside.

Kia Optima Colors

The 2017 Kia Optima is available in your choice of 10 exterior color options: Silky Silver, Snow White Pearl, Sparkling Silver, Titanium Silver, Sangria, Horizon Blue, Platinum Graphite, Ebony Black, Remington Red, and Aurora Black Pearl.


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Customer Reviews - Overall Rating: 4.5 (421 Reviews)2

Pros: Fuel Economy, Ride and Handling

Cons: Cabin Noise, Power, Braking

"I love this car. It has a great stylish look and gets outstanding gas mileage. I have the EX model and fully enjoy my XM radio, sunroof, folding side mirrors and front fog lights."

- 2015 Kia Optima Owner (Sacramento, CA)

"This car is good on gas but also has the power when needed. I love all the options, such as the heated steering wheel and rear heated seats. The cooled seats are a bonus in the warmer weather also! I love that you can change between normal, eco and sport drive."

- 2014 Kia Optima Owner (Columbus, OH)

Kia Optima Rankings

  • 7th - Best Midsize Sedans (2018)
  • 6th - Best Cars for Teens (2017)
  • 4th - Best Hybrid Cars

Click here for the full list of Kia Optima rankings.

What's New For 2018?

For 2018, the Kia Optima sees a new sport-themed trim level, the S trim. Smartphone integration options such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are standard across all trim levels.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the Kia Optima is a great choice for singles, couples, and small families alike. This sedan has plenty of room for you to grow into as your life changes. You’ll enjoy the ample features and surprisingly-spacious interior, as well as the tech interface and quiet ride. It's no surprise that customers rated this sedan with a total score of 4.5/5!

1Based on CarMax average prices between April 1, 2018, and September 30, 2018. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Reviews have been edited for brevity, clarity, and grammar.
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