The Kia Optima, a two-time winner of the coveted International Car of the Year award, continues to impress with the release of the 2020 model. Boasting sporty performance, sleek style, and intelligent innovation, the 2020 Optima makes its presence felt on any road. With a wider wheelbase for added stability, a roomier interior for enhanced comfort, and new technology on the inside, there's never been a better time to check out the Kia Optima only at Joey Griffin Kia.
Of the five total trim levels, the LX is the base model. It's already well-equipped with standard features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome-tipped exhaust, solar-reducing glass, power outside mirrors with built-in LED turn signals, and a sleek gloss-black grille. The next trim is the LX 1.6T which adds light gray wheel finish, an automatic Smart Trunk, Smart Welcome lighting, door handle pocket lighting, and heated side mirrors with power folding. The EX ups the curb appeal with its 17-inch alloys, LED rear combination lights, LED positioning lights, and dark metallic grille. For true street cred, the SX has what you're looking for with its 18-inch alloys, red brake calipers, dual chrome exhaust tips, rear spoiler, sport LED rear lighting, bi-xenon HID headlights with auto-leveling and Dynamic Bending Light technology, and exclusive sport bumpers and grille. The SX limited is similar, but you'll also enjoy a panoramic sunroof and auto-dimming high beams.
Both the LX and EX trim levels feature a 2.4-liter 16-valve I-4 engine that provides 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. As its name implies, the LX 1.6T trim has a turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4. It's smaller than the 2.4-liter and offers less horsepower (178), but burns much less fuel than the 2.4. In addition, turbocharging provides 195 pound-feet of torque and improved acceleration. The SX trims are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that cranks out an impressive 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The SX can rocket from zero to sixty in about six seconds.
Optima's superior handling is thanks in part to its MacPherson front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, and steel unibody construction. Responsive motor-driven power steering provides road-hugging cornering. The SX provides an exhilarating driving experience with its custom-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, and rack-mounted steering. Inside, you'll enjoy an upgraded steering wheel, alloy pedals, and sport seats. The Optima is optimal when it comes to fuel efficiency. The 2.4-liter trims get 36 miles per gallon combined. The 1.6-liter turbo scores even higher, netting 39 mpg. Despite their awesome power, the SX trims still manage 32 mpg.
True to Kia's dedication to luxury, even the base Optima delivers standard features that include a rearview camera, lumbar support, cruise, wheel-mounted controls, keyless entry, Bluetooth compatibility, and six-speaker audio with SiriusXM and MP3 support. Depending on trim level, the 2020 Optima offers a ton of premium options. They include push-button start, leather, ventilated front seating, power lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, UVO eServices infotainment with voice-command navigation, Harman/Kardon premium 10-speaker audio, stainless steel scuff plates, and wood-grain accenting.
All Kia Optima trims have standard safety technologies such as electronic stability control, hill start assist, and tire pressure monitoring. Optional safety offerings include forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and a 360-degree camera that offers a bird's-eye view of the surroundings.