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2019 Kia Optima brings a fresh face and revised tech to New York

The slightly updated Optima will go on sale later this year.

Steven Ewing
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
Sarah Tew Senior Editor / Photography
I'm a visual storyteller, working primarily in the medium of photography and photoshop. I listen to more podcasts than I can keep up with and enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and am striving for a sustainable lifestyle. A big-picture thinker, I am always trying to put the pieces together, and though things are scary these days, I believe humanity will pull through.
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The Kia Optima makes its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

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Even though the midsize sedan segment is shrinking, Kia's offering packs a nice host of updates.

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Improved technology with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard on all models.

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A choice of four-cylinder engines are available, two of which have turbochargers.

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The base S and LX gets a 2.4-liter I4.

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The range-topping SX gets a 2.0-liter turbo.

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The midrange EX models get a 1.6-liter turbo engine that has less power than the naturally aspirated 2.4 used in other models.

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The most noticeable change up front is the addition of LED running lights.

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The Optima gets some slightly different wheel designs for 2019.

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