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2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo is aging gracefully

It may be a couple of years older than the more recently redesigned competition, but the Kia Optima still holds its own with the best in the segment.

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Manuel Carrillo III

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The fourth-generation Kia Optima went on sale in the fall of 2015 and just received some updates for 2019, including a more aggressive front bumper and restyled headlights.

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Out back, the taillights get a refresh as well. The visual updates are faint, but the Kia Stinger influence is more apparent than before.

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The 2019 Kia Optima starts at $22,900 in its base LX trim. The top-spec SX starts at $31,900 and both prices exclude $920 for destination.

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The Optima's interior is a nice place to be and standard tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto help complement cabin comfort.

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Inside that trunk, there's 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space, although it seems more spacious back there than the numbers suggest.

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Our tester is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder producing 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. 

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The six-speed automatic transmission lacks the extra gears you'll find with competitors, but it works just fine and shifts smoothly to boot.

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The Optima SX Turbo gets an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg highway.

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We averaged 26.1 mpg during our week with it.

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