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2019 Kia Optima: Refreshed and ready for action

The Korean sedan gets a smidge of Stinger and a whole bunch of new technology.

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Emme Hall

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The popular Kia Optima has gotten a refresh for 2019.

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A new front fascia includes Stinger-inspired fog lights and LED running lights.

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Around back are available LED taillights and dual exhaust.

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New wheel options are also on offer. 

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Most ADAS systems are available across all trim lines, except adaptive cruise control. You'll have to jump up to EX or SX trims for that technology.

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A new lane-keeping assist can provide a bit of steering input should you drift out of your lane. 

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Inside the top of the line SX gets some cool two-tone red and black seats.

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Lower trims are powered by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine, while the mid EX trim gets a 1.6-liter turbo. Our SX tester sports a 2.0-liter turbo under the hood.

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A new tiered infotainment system includes a base Uvo Play, Uvo Link or the Uvo Link with navigation seen here. Regardless of tier, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard.

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We have no word on pricing as of publishing. Keep scrolling for more photos of this good-looking alternative to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

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