2020 Kia Optima

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Kia Optima highlights

Customer rating


  • Great looking sedan design
  • Easy-to-use infotainment tech
  • Solid cargo and small-item space


  • Rear roofline limits headroom for adults
  • Standard engine isn't that powerful
  • Largest engine only available in top trim

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 30 highway, 24 combined

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)

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A sleek, well-equipped, midsize sedan

If you're looking to purchase a midsize sedan, you have plenty of good options. Do you want a practical city car, or would you prefer a sleek, well-equipped cruiser with a dash of performance flair to liven up the commute? With the 2020 Kia Optima, you'll get a midsize sedan that wears many hats. Underneath that stylish exterior is a vehicle that provides plenty of tech features and comfort as standard, along with an available sporty edge. Comfort or style? With the 2020 Kia Optima, you can have both.

All Kia Optima years

What is new for the 2020 Kia Optima?

  • The Optima is available in a variety of new trims, including the EX Premium and SE.
  • Optima trims have been upgraded with Panoramic Sunroof as standard equipment this year.
  • The EX trim now comes with Navigation System as standard equipment.
  • The SX trim now comes with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment.
  • The LX trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.

2020 Kia Optima trims

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  • Includes heated mirrors, eight-inch touchscreen, rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assistance, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and more.

  • View all Kia Optima LXs in stock


  • Adds fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, power driver seat, hands-free unlocking trunk, an optional panoramic sunroof, and more.

  • View all Kia Optima Ss in stock


  • Adds adaptive cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, the optional Premium package, and more.

  • View all Kia Optima EXs in stock


  • Unlocks LED headlights and fog lights, sports suspension, wheel-mounted shifter paddles, a rear spoiler, red brake calipers, and more.

  • View all Kia Optima SXs in stock

Kia Optima photos

5 reasons to buy the 2020 Kia Optima

1. Good selection of engines

2020 Kia Optima Review: Engine | CarMax

Three is a magic number, and it's also the number of engine options Kia offers on the 2020 Optima. Each one fulfills a purpose relative to what you might want from a midsize sedan. The base 2.4L four-cylinder engine is a good all-rounder for everyday driving, while the two turbocharged powerplants offer something a little different. Want maximum efficiency? Go for the 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which can produce an EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined and 37 mpg highway.

Want to lean a little more toward performance? There's the SX trim's 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces nearly 250 horsepower, while still managing an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway—ideal for long-distance cruising.
Whatever you require from a midsize sedan, one of the Optima's three powerplants can provide what you're looking for.

2. Lots of equipment as standard

2020 Kia Optima Review: Cargo | CarMax

The 2020 Kia Optima has four distinct trim levels, with plenty of tech as standard. Features available on the base 2020 Kia Optima include automatic headlights and high-beam control, an eight-inch touchscreen and infotainment system—with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. There's also a suite of driver convenience features, including lane-keeping assistance, rear parking sensors, and forward-collision warning. This helps make the 2020 Kia Optima an appealing choice at every trim level.

3. Plenty of driver convenience features

2020 Kia Optima Review: Dash | CarMax

The 2020 Kia Optima boasts a great selection of driver convenience tech right at your fingertips, from the base LX model on up. On S models, you'll also get fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, and a hands-free unlocking trunk. On the EX, you'll get adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, and the optional Premium package, which includes a navigation system and a heated steering wheel. And on the SX, you'll enjoy LED headlights and fog lights with automatic high-beam control, and an enhanced driver information display. Whether for business or pleasure, the 2020 Kia Optima makes every journey as effortless as possible.

4. Practical interior

2020 Kia Optima Review: Back Seats | CarMax

Not only does the 2020 Kia Optima have plenty of space for passengers, but there are also plenty of storage options for small items and additional cargo. The standard body can seat up to five people, with a total of 104.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. And, with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk, you'll have more than enough room for a week's supply of groceries. Not only that, but the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split-folding configuration for extra luggage space, and a hands-free unlocking trunk is available on S, EX, and SX trims. Other touches—such as two cupholders for rear-seat passengers, as well as front- and rear-door bottle holders and overhead sunglass holders—make the 2020 Kia Optima a pleasant and convenient place to relax and stow your stuff.

5. Choice of eight exterior colors

Right out of the gate, the 2020 Kia Optima is a very stylish car. It's a midsize sedan with swooping lines and a strong presence, which make it stand out from the crowd. To enhance that style, you have a selection of eight exterior colors from which to choose. Subtle standards like black, white, and gray/silver are covered, as well as bolder options such as Sangria, Horizon Blue, and Passion Red. All help maximize the curb appeal of this sleek sedan, and make the 2020 Kia Optima a car that will turn heads.

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Hyundai Sonata

With comfortable, supportive seats and a user-friendly infotainment system, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata is a smart choice in the sedan market. This year's model comes with the choice of three powertrains: the 185-horsepower base engine, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 178 horsepower, and a 245-horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine. A sophisticated ride, the Sonata is an excellent commuter car. Hyundai includes standard an array of technology features on the 2019 Sonata, like blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert; all of these give you more confidence on the road. With a seven-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay included in the 2019 base model, the Sonata is a smart choice for sedan drivers.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Kia Optima an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Optima 8th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Kia Optima is $373, compared to an average of $430 for Midsize Cars and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Kia Optima owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Midsize Cars and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 9% for the Kia Optima, compared to an average of 12% for Midsize Cars and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Kia Optima features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Overall length






Leg room

F 45.5"/R 35.6"

Head room

F 39.8"/R 37.8"

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2020 Kia Optima FAQ

More about the 2020 Kia Optima

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Ebony Black

  • Horizon Blue

  • Passion Red

  • Platinum Graphite

  • Sangria

  • Snow White Pearl

  • Sparkling Silver

  • Titanium Silver

Interior details

  • 104.8 cubic feet of passenger volume

  • Seats up to five passengers

  • 15.9 cubic feet of cargo volume

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats for extra storage

  • Sunglass holders and front/rear water bottle holders in doors

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