Kia's Optima has grown substantially since its last generation, both physically and in terms of design. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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The Optima leads off with its Tiger Nose design language, which is sporty and aggressive without being gaudy. Read full review
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3.5 stars

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Beneath the Optima's hood is a 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder that outputs an even 200 horsepower at its peak. Read full review
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3.5 stars

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The Kia Optima EX's fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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The Optima shares a platform and most of its technology with the Hyundai Sonata. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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The Kia seems to have moved away from its economy-car roots with an interior that features a few luxury appointments, such as heated rear seats. Read full review
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3.5 stars

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The optional Infinity premium audio system delivers fantastic sound at a fantastic value. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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When equipped with navigation, the Optima also gains a rearview camera. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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Handling is nothing to write home about, but we were not entirely disappointed by this large sedan's willingness to change direction. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode is standard on the Optima EX. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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Physical buttons offer shortcuts to most of the Optima's functions, but also require the driver to look away from the road momentarily to, for example, access the map. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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Steering wheel controls for hands-free calling are easy to use. Also present is the button for Eco mode, which adjusts the engine output, throttle control, and transmission for maximum mpg. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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Instrumentation is simple yet attractive, with a monochromatic LCD in the center of the speedometer. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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A premium package on the Optima EX adds dual panoramic sunroofs to the sedan's low-slung roof. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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Navigation data is stored on 8GB of solid-state memory. Feedback is quite fast, but only two-dimensional maps are available. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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Traffic data is provided via Sirius satellite radio. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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The satellite connection is also useful for listening to music. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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USB connectivity is standard, but iPod connection requires a $35 cable. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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Also standard is Bluetooth wireless for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Read full review
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3.5 stars

MSRP: $22,495.00

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