Korean brand Kia wasn’t always known for building stylish and aspirational sedans. But that changed with the introduction of the all-new Kia Optima for the 2011 model year. Though the design is now in its third year of production, it still manages to look fresh, and we suspect the current Kia Optima will be one of those rare cars that looks as good in the driveway 10 years on as it does now.
Kia wants to build an Optima for every buyer, too, from the affordable LX trim (priced from about $22,000) to the fuel-efficient Optima Hybrid (rated at 34 mpg city, 39 mpg highway) to the turbocharged, 274-horsepower Optima SX. Truth be told, all deliver reasonable fuel economy, with base LX models returning 24 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and the turbo models rated at 22 mpg city, 34 mpg highway.
The most frugal model is the Optima Hybrid. The drivetrain uses the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine found in the LX and EX models, with an electric motor between it and the car’s six-speed...
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