2020 Kia Optima

Original MSRP Range
$23,190 - $36,090
Available Style(s)
21 - 40 MPG City / 30 - 45 MPG Hwy
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2020 Kia Optima

What We Like

  • Standout styling

  • Standard collision-avoidance systems

  • Impressive standard and optional equipment list

  • Choice of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines

  • Good fuel economy

  • Great warranty

What We Don't

  • Limited rear-seat headroom

  • Imprecise handling, compared with some rivals

  • No AWD


Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5


What's New in the 2020 Kia Optima?

The Optima has a slightly shuffled model range: There's a new EX Premium trim, and a few option packages have been dropped. Forward-collision avoidance assist has been enhanced to include pedestrian detection on the LX and S trims. See the 2020 Kia Optima models for sale near you

Which Optima is the Best?

Surprisingly, we think the base LX offers everything you need in a family sedan, especially with the addition of pedestrian detection for 2020. The value prospect for more upscale buyers is probably the EX Premium trim. Find a Kia Optima for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Kia Optima Cost?

The Kia Optima is offered in five trims.

The Optima LX ($23,190) has a 2.4-liter engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, 16-in alloy wheels, power windows, power locks, power heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, air conditioning, cruise control, 6-speaker UVO audio with an 8-in touchscreen, rear back-up display, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an iPod/USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, remote keyless entry, a trip computer, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking assist, forward-collision warning and braking with pedestrian detection, driver-attention warning, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, 60/40 split folding rear seats and adjustable steering settings.

The Optima S ($24,690) adds a sport front bumper, 18-in alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, projector-beam LED fog lights, LED taillights, sport cloth seats with leatherette bolsters, a smart key with push-button start capability, a smart trunk, UVO telematics with 4G LTE, a 10-way power driver's seat and acoustic front-door glass.

The S Panoramic Sunroof Package ($1,000) adds a panoramic sunroof and LED interior lighting.

The Optima EX ($26,990) has a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, 17-in alloy wheels, smart cruise control with stop-and-go, dual-projection headlights, automatic dual-zone climate control, wireless device charging, two rapid-charge USB ports, wood-trim interior accents, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather seating surfaces, a 12-way power driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar support and 2-position memory for the driver's seat and mirrors.

The EX Premium trim ($29,990) adds a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, a 12-way power driver's seat with memory, a 10-way power passenger seat, LED interior lighting, a navigation system, a 630-watt 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, heated rear seat cushions and a heated steering wheel.

The Optima SX ($31,990) offers the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, an upgraded steering and suspension setup, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, 18-in alloy wheels, chrome dual exhaust tips, red brake calipers, adaptive headlights, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated sport front seats, a 10-way power passenger seat, navigation, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a rear spoiler, a 4.3-in LCD display panel, satin chrome interior accents and metal pedals.

Optima Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Optima EX DCT$26,990 / $25,9914 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid17827 / 377-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Optima Hybrid EX Auto$29,310 / $27,8034 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid19240 / 457-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Optima LX Auto$23,190 / $22,3794 Cylinder18524 / 326-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX Auto$36,090 / $34,1054 Cylinder Turbo / Hybrid202N/A7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Optima S Auto$24,690 / $23,7014 Cylinder18524 / 326-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Optima SX Auto$31,990 / $30,7114 Cylinder Turbo24521 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Kia Optima Safety

Is the 2020 Kia Optima a Safe Car?

Every 2020 Kia Optima comes standard with a full complement of airbags, including front-seat side, full-length side-curtain and driver's-knee airbags. Electronic traction and stability control are standard, as are Kia's Vehicle Stability Management system, hill-start assist and a tire-pressure monitor. Advanced safety features include collision warning and emergency braking, lane-keeping assists, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and driver-attention warning.

The Optima earned five stars in every test performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2018 Optima a Top Safety Pick, giving it top marks in all crash tests, including a Superior rating in crash detection and mitigation. We expect the 2020 Optima to perform the same.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$32,972 ($0.44 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Panoramic Sun Roof Pkg
  • Paint Protection Pkg


2020 Kia Optima vs the competition

2020 Honda Accord -- The Accord sports a sporty new look and offers a choice of two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. The Optima still offers more luxury features, but the Accord has better resale value.

2020 Toyota Camry -- The Camry is also looking much sharper these days, sporting aggressive styling to go with its class-leading reliability and resale figures. The Camry retains its V6 engine option and standard driver-assist systems, but the Optima still offers more luxury features and a better warranty.

2020 Subaru Legacy -- The Legacy isn't as powerful or as fun to drive as the Optima, but its standard AWD makes it superior in winter driving, and its resale numbers are near the top of the class.

Used BMW 5 Series -- A 2012-2016 BMW 5 Series offers more power and exceptional ride and handling abilities, although earlier models lack some modern safety features.

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