Review: 2019 Kia Optima


The sporty 2019 Kia Optima delivers a smooth, comfortable ride for all passengers with its two rows of spacious seats. With a great balance of power and gas mileage, the new Optima is more than ready to handle the daily commutes of drivers in the Huntington and Crockett areas. Visit Premier Kia in Lufkin for a test drive to see if you are ready to spoil yourself with a new Optima.


There is something for everyone with the three different powertrains offered. The LX and S trims are equipped with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder direct injected engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which generates 185-hp. The 178-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission powers the EX trim, whereas the SX gets its energy from a lively 245-hp 2.0-liter turbo with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The base engine earns an estimated 35 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city, while the smaller turbo gets even better gas mileage achieving 37 mpg highway and 27 mpg city.

Technology and Convenience

Kia’s UVO infotainment system partners with an 8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, Siri® Eyes Free, a USB port, and a 6-speaker audio system to form its standard technology offering. Optional features include voice command, navigation, SiriusXM® satellite radio, SiriusXM® Traffic, HD Radio™, two additional USB ports for the back passengers, and a 10-speaker 630-watt Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ premium sound system. Additionally, UVO link for remote access to your Optima, Smart Welcome to unfold the mirrors and activate entry lights, the automatically-opening Smart Trunk™, and a Smart Key with push-button start are available.


The Kia Drive Wise suite of safety technologies comes standard and consists of lane-keeping assist and forward collision-avoidance assistance and partners with more standard features including forward collision warning, blind spot with rear cross-traffic warning, lane change assist, lane departure caution, driver attention notice, park distance warning, and an advanced airbag system. Pedestrian detection, Smart cruise control with stop & go, dynamic bending lights, and a surround view monitor, are optional.

The 2019 Kia Optima earned a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety* and was awarded a 5-Star Overall Safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration**.


Starting at $22,990 MSRP

* The 2019 Kia Optima with specific headlights has been awarded the coveted 2019 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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