Kia's 2010 midsize sedan, the Optima, is one year removed from a 2009 redesign. While the overall platform was retained, the narrow grille and up-swept headlights are a subtle departure from earlier models.
Trims for the Optima are LX, EX, and SX. Standard equipment includes a 6-Speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes and electronic stability control. Up-rated equipment includes a multifunction steering wheel, sport suspension and a larger engine.
The base engine for the Optima is a 175 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4 sending power to the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Available with the EX and SX trims, is a 194 horsepower 2.7-liter V6 mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Base MSRP for the 2010 Kia Optima is $17,995. The SX starts at $21,795.
The Optima is backed by Kia's generous 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Be it the economic inline-4 cylinder power-plant, or the ample list of amenities with the SX model, the 2010 Kia Optima offers plenty of value for the car buyers' dollar.