Kia Optima Models and Optima History

In 2001, Kia introduced the Optima, officially making anentrance into the luxury auto market. It offered several trim levels, aplethora of decadent options and the choice of either a four or six-cylinderengine. The 2002 Optima introduced larger 15 wheels, keyless entry, anupgraded V6 engine and a few new trim levels. In 2003, Kia redesigned the bodystyle, discontinued the four-cylinder manual transmission, upgraded the soundsystem to a premium Infinity brand, and upgraded and added several trim levels.

The 2004 Optima featured larger 16 wheels, a standard V6 engine and minorupdates to various trims. In 2005, Kai updated the turning signal lenses andoffered optional leather upholstery. The 2006 Optima saw an improved engine forthe four-cylinder and was a mid-year release, dubbed the 2006.5; its second runoffered a newer body style and a redesigned interior (2007). No major changeswere made to the 2008 Optima. In 2009, Kia offered new trim options, larger 17wheels and a brand new V6 engine that was rated at 164 horsepower, while alsomaking improvements to the safety features. The 2010 Optima offered remotestart standard across the model line.

In 2011, Kia introduced a brand new andcompletely redesigned Optima. The 2012 Optima saw an optional Uvo voice commandsystem, redesigned front seats and a few minor trim changes. In 2013, the EXTurbo trim was discontinued and the Limited trim was introduced; Kia also addeda trim level to their hybrid model. The 2014 Optima offered a few new changes,including a new touchscreen, parking sensors (rear) and a blind spot monitoring system.

New and Used Optima Prices, Kia Optima Model Years and History

Kia’s flagship Optima has won award after award due to its modern end edgy design, signature features, and upper trim level luxury options.
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
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 3.2
Fuel Economy
 3.5
Interior Comfort
 4.2
Acceleration
 4.5
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.2
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 3.8

Kia’s flagship Optima continues to be one of the best-selling cars in its lineup.
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Overall Quality
 5 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
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Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 3.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 3.3
Ride Quality
 3.0
Overall Rating
 3.0

The ever popular Optima sedan returns for 2016 with a long list of standard features.
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 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
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A consistent performer in the mid-sized sedan class, the Kia Optima offers elegant interior amenities, an appealing body style and a smooth ride from home to the office.
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Overall Quality
 5 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 4.5
Acceleration
 4.7
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 4.7
Overall Rating
 4.8

Built to put a smile on your face, the 2014 Kia Optima challenges mid-size sedan conventions with high-end technology and bold styling.
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Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 4.7
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 4.7
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.3
Overall Rating
 4.3

A mid-size sedan with respectable fuel economy, seating for five, and premium options, the 2013 Kia Optima is sure to please.
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Overall Quality
 4 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 14 )
Braking
 4.8
Fuel Economy
 4.4
Interior Comfort
 4.9
Acceleration
 4.6
Dependability
 4.9
Handling
 4.9
Ride Quality
 4.8
Overall Rating
 4.9

A reasonably priced mid-size sedan, the 2012 Kia Optima is offered with an optional turbocharged engine and a plethora of options not typically found in this cars class.
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Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 9 )
Braking
 4.8
Fuel Economy
 4.4
Interior Comfort
 4.8
Acceleration
 4.9
Dependability
 4.9
Handling
 4.9
Ride Quality
 4.7
Overall Rating
 4.8

Carrying little more than the name for 2011, the completely redesigned Kia Optima continues to reign as a well-valued family sedan but offers considerably greater equipment upgrades.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 4.8
Fuel Economy
 4.7
Interior Comfort
 4.5
Acceleration
 4.2
Dependability
 4.7
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 3.8
Overall Rating
 4.7

The 2010 Kia Optima is a mid-size sedan that seats five passengers and is available with a four or six-cylinder engine, plus it boasts a 32 mpg highway fuel economy rating.
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With plenty of comfort and safety features, the 2009 Kia Optima midsize sedan offers a super warranty, a plethora of features and great value for the money.
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 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
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Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

The 2008 Kia Optima is a mid-size sedan with room for five passengers and six air bags as part of the standard safety equipment.
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Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

An economical five-passenger sedan, the 2007 Kia Optima has an efficient engine capable of 34 mpg on the highway.
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Braking
 4.3
Fuel Economy
 4.7
Interior Comfort
 4.3
Acceleration
 4.7
Dependability
 4.7
Handling
 4.3
Ride Quality
 4.3
Overall Rating
 4.7

A five-passenger sedan with a mid-year design refresh, the 2006 Kia Optima is offered in a four-cylinder or six-cylinder and is capable of 30 mpg on the highway.
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 2 / 5
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 2 / 5
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 2 / 5
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Smaller than the Amanti, the 2005 Kia Optima is a five-passenger sedan that is able to hit 30 mpg on the highway and comes with a class-leading warranty like the rest of the Kia family.
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The 2004 Kia Optima is a mid-size five-passenger sedan with a revised front end and two engine choices; a four-cylinder or a six-cylinder.
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Thanks to a 30 mpg highway fuel economy rating, the 2003 Kia Optima is a five-passenger sedan that is fuel-efficient and well-equipped for a vehicle under the $20,000 mark.
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An affordable and fuel-efficient mid-size sedan, the five-passenger 2002 Kia Optima comes standard with AC, cruise control, and an adjustable steering wheel.
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 3.5
Fuel Economy
 4.0
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 4.5
Acceleration
 3.5
Dependability
 3.5
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 4.0
Ride Quality
 3.5
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 4.0

An affordable mid-size sedan, the 2001 Kia Optima offers a class-leading warranty and a nice list of standard features in addition to room for five passengers.
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