For 2009, the five-passenger Kia Optima four-door sedan gets a wealth of interior and exterior upgrades. Among the new interior features are a revised gauge cluster and center console and satellite radio, while the EX and SX trims get an optional navigation system. The Optima's upgraded exterior includes new front and rear fascias, hood, side sills, trunk lid and wheel designs. Power on the front-wheel-drive Optima increases to 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque for the 2.4L I4 engine, and 194 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque for the 2.7L V6 engine, paired to a five-speed automatic transmission, with a manual-shift capability standard on most trims. Kia Optima fuel economy by EPA standards is up in the realm of 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy, while the V6 delivers 20/28 mpg. With anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control now standard safety equipment on all trims, the Optima also features front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, in addition to all of the other safety equipment for which Kia is known.Read more Read less
The Optima has received a complete makeover for 2009. A completely redesigned exterior showcases a new bumper, grille, headlamps, fog lamps, taillights and side skirts, accented by crisp lines and a longer overall length. An additional 3 inches in length and sharper horizontal accents from front to rear make the 2009 Optima look sportier and sleeker. Turn signals are now integrated into the side mirrors, and a barrel-type instrument cluster in hot-red illumination is now standard. In addition to the basic LX and luxury EX trims from 2008, a new SX trim is available for a sports car-like experience.SX upgrades from the LX and EX trims include a dazzling black front grille and headlamps, fog lights and hyper-silver-finished 17-inch wheels. Two seat trims in gray or beige are available, with cloth only on the LX, leather available on the EX, and black leather trim on the SX. All trims are available with Sirius satellite, USB port and MP3 capability. An optional navigation system is also now available.
Stylish appearance; strong fuel economy; class-leading value
The Optima comes standard with full-length side curtain air bags, active headrests, tire pressure monitoring system and a valuable warranty which brings 5 years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance and bumper-to-bumper coverage, along with 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage. Highway mileage is estimated at 32 mpg, and pricing for 2009 starts at $17,500.