Kia

Kia Optima

Price $21,995 – $35,695
Fuel consumption 5.6 – 9.2 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 77%(view ratings)
Kia’s uncontested star for 2012 is without a doubt the new Optima. Having replaced the now-defunct Magentis, the Optima struts superb lines designed by Peter Schreyer, Audi’s former chief designer, and his team. The LX and EX are equipped with a 2.4L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, while the SX gets a turbo. The hybrid version adds another six horses to the base engine.

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Test Drives2018 Kia Optima: Beauty and Brains
Times are tough for midsize sedans, as they used to be bread-and-butter vehicles for every mainstream manufacturer doing business in North America. With the current shift to SUVs, passenger cars are losing ground, and yet, they’ve never been so good. A midsize sedan offers space, comfort, refinement and fuel economy, …
First Drives2016 Kia Optima Hybrid And Optima PHEV: Big Leap Forward
Kia is feeling the pressure from ever-mounting fuel efficiency regulations as much as any other automaker, and like many of its peers it has decided that the path to appeasing those wielding the measuring stick at the EPA is to produce hybrid versions of its popular models. The 2016 Kia …
BlogAndroid Auto: The Worst In-Car Interface I've Ever Used
Android Auto is an unmitigated disaster. There, I've said it. After experiencing the new interface for linking your smartphone to your vehicle's infotainment system (which is increasingly available across the industry) in the 2016 Kia Optima, I can honestly state that it's not something I'd ever want to use, and …
First Drives2016 Kia Optima: Staying The Course
In the thin air of Aspen, Colorado's peaks, which range in height from two and a half to a full four kilometres above sea level, I discovered that it can be advantageous to bring along your own oxygen. Even the slightest physical exertion during my time there driving the all-new …
Spotlight on2016 Kia Optima: We're Driving It This Week
This week The Car Guide is travelling to Aspen, Colorado to drive the all-new 2016 Kia Optima. The Optima is the brand's mid-size family sedan, and it's been given a refresh that creates a sleeker, more fastback-like look for the current model year. The Optima's chassis has been stiffened, the …
Test Drives2011 Kia Optima: She’s all that
When test driving a vehicle, there are certain weeks when we can’t help but get noticed by neighbours and passers-by. It often happens when we’re driving a sports car or a luxury car, so no one would have predicted that a car bearing the Kia emblem would one day make …
First Drives2012 Kia Optima: The Magentis’ replacement at a glance
The all-new Kia Optima is replacing the relatively unknown Magentis. The soporific lines have been brushed aside with a better design. This is just as true on the inside the car, as the interior earns as many gold stars as the exterior. What’s more, the very modern design doesn’t compromise …

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New ModelsAll-new 2021 Kia K5 Takes Torch From Optima
A few weeks after its debut in South Korea, the all-new 2021 Kia K5 had its North American premiere today during a virtual media event. It’s the next generation of the Optima midsize sedan and the name change reflects the automaker’s international nomenclature. The K5 will be available in LX, …
NewsUpcoming 2021 Kia Optima to Use a Different Name
Previewed by a series of sketches last fall, the next-generation Kia Optima made its debut earlier this year in South Korea, where it goes by the name of K5. The North American version should be revealed soon and will go on sale by the end of 2020. All signs point …
New ModelsA First Look at the 2021 Kia Optima
A new generation of the Kia Optima is on the way for 2021 and it will share its architecture with the freshly redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata . What will it look like? Well, Kia has released a teaser for the K5, which is how the midsize sedan is called in …
NewsKia Recalls the Optima
If you own a 2016 Kia Optima equipped with the 2.4-litre engine, you might want to check out the manufacturer's latest recall: 575 units of the Korean sedan will have to go back to the dealer for some rather important repairs. On those cars, the passenger side axle shaft could …
NewsFour More Vehicles Get IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award
Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the safest vehicles on the market. After sending them through a harrowing battery of tests including simulated collisions and an exhaustive overview of all their safety features, the IIHS gives the Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ titles to the …

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MOTORING TV: Luxury Car of the Year for 2017
Motoring TV recently held it's 1 hour Car of the Year Special on the TSN network where we picked the best in class for 2017. Here are the nominees and winner in the Luxury Car category. (This segment originally appeared on Motoring TV 2017 episode #6) …
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Motoring TV: Green Car of the Year for 2017
Motoring TV recently held it's 1 hour Car of the Year Special on the TSN network where we picked the best in class for 2017. Here are the nominees and winner for Green Car of the Year. (This segment originally appeared on Motoring TV episode #6) …
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Kenzie's Korner: Jim's favourite car from the L.A. auto show
If you've ever been to an auto show, you'll know that there's a lot of different vehicles on display. From current and future production cars to concept vehicles that likely will never see the light of production, it's often tough to pick just one favourite from the show floor. Jim …
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Motoring TV 2016 Family Car of the Year
The family sedan may be diminishing when it comes to sales, according to Brad Diamond, but it's not diminishing in importance. The proof of that is in the sheer number of new or redesigned entries for the 2016 model year, making choosing a winner all the more difficult. Making the …
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Test Drive: 2016 Kia Optima
"Since landing in Canada," Graeme Fletcher says, "there have been no fewer than three generations of the Kia Optima." Meet the fourth. While the design of the 2016 Kia Optima is a smooth transition from the last version, the overhaul is more than just skin-deep. The sedan's body is now …
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Review: 2016 Kia Optima
When Hyundai launched the redesigned 2015 Sonata , Motoring TV host Brad Diamond wasn't sold on it. So what did Kia do with that car's platform mate, the Optima, when it was time for a refresh? The Motoring TV team was in Aspen, Colo., to find out, as well as …