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2018 Kia Optima EX

2018 Kia Optima EX - 8,210 mi

Inver Grove Heights, MN - Listed 1 day ago
  • $1,840 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • certified used , low miles
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Used 2018 Kia Optima EX for Sale - $16,495 - 8,210 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, leather upholstery, internet radio
Category: Certified Used Cars
Location: Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
Price: $16,495
Mileage: 8,210 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.6 star
Exterior Color: Horizon Blue
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Interior Color: Gray
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGU4L38JG229333
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2016 Kia Optima EX

2016 Kia Optima EX - 34,254 mi

Inver Grove Heights, MN - Listed 1 day ago
  • $1,858 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • certified used , low miles
$14,995
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Used 2016 Kia Optima EX for Sale - $14,795 - 34,254 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, leather upholstery, alloy wheels
Category: Certified Used Cars
Location: Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
Price: $14,795
Mileage: 34,254 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.6 star
Exterior Color: Titanium Gray
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Interior Color: Black
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGU4L39GG116077
2020 Kia Optima LX

2020 Kia Optima LX - 2,429 mi

Jacksonville, FL - Listed 12 days ago
  • $5,593 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
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Used 2020 Kia Optima LX for Sale - $14,495 - 2,429 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, internet radio, alloy wheels
Category: Used Cars
Location: Jacksonville, FL 32211
Price: $14,495
Mileage: 2,429 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 27
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGT4L32LG407727
2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX - 16,224 mi

Orlando, FL - Listed 7 days ago
  • $4,706 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
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Used 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX for Sale - $14,999 - 16,224 miles - with wifi, bluetooth, child safety, navigation, backup camera
Category: Used Cars
Location: Orlando, FL 32822
Price: $14,999
Mileage: 16,224 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.4 star
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 0 seater
VIN: KNAGV4LD8H5009983
2016 Kia Optima LX

2016 Kia Optima LX - 33,957 mi

Seffner, FL - Listed 16 days ago
  • $3,397 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles
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Used 2016 Kia Optima LX for Sale - $9,994 - 33,957 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, alloy wheels, satellite radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: Seffner, FL 33584
Price: $9,994
Mileage: 33,957 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.8 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGT4L38GG092941
2020 Kia Optima LX

2020 Kia Optima LX - 148 mi

Chantilly, VA - Listed 11 days ago
  • $4,147 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
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Used 2020 Kia Optima LX for Sale - $14,999 - 148 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, internet radio, alloy wheels
Category: Used Cars
Location: Chantilly, VA 20152
Price: $14,999
Mileage: 148 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.3 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 27
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGT4L34LG385942
2015 Kia Optima EX

2015 Kia Optima EX - 40,933 mi

Salt Lake City, UT - Listed 33 days ago
  • $3,903 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
$11,683
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Used 2015 Kia Optima EX for Sale - $10,000 - 40,933 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, leather upholstery, alloy wheels, satellite radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Price: $10,000
Mileage: 40,933 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
3.5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 27
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGN4A79FG493834
2019 Kia Optima EX

2019 Kia Optima EX - 9,745 mi

Jacksonville, FL - Listed 55 days ago
  • $5,940 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
$18,484
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Used 2019 Kia Optima EX for Sale - $15,484 - 9,745 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, leather upholstery, internet radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: Jacksonville, FL 32211
Price: $15,484
Mileage: 9,745 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 31
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGU4L17KG322909
2017 Kia Optima LX

2017 Kia Optima LX - 69,439 mi

Greensboro, NC - Listed 33 days ago
  • $3,776 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , high miles
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Used 2017 Kia Optima LX for Sale - $8,999 - 69,439 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, alloy wheels, satellite radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: Greensboro, NC 27403
Price: $8,999
Mileage: 69,439 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAGT4L37H5162996
2016 Kia Optima SXL Turbo

2016 Kia Optima SXL Turbo - 29,631 mi

Salt Lake City, UT - Listed 33 days ago
  • $5,410 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles
$16,500
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Used 2016 Kia Optima SXL Turbo for Sale - $16,000 - 29,631 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, navigation, backup camera, leather upholstery
Category: Used Cars
Location: Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Price: $16,000
Mileage: 29,631 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
3.5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 25
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGV4L20GG073821
2014 Kia Optima LX

2014 Kia Optima LX - 95,090 mi

Littleton, CO - Listed 41 days ago
  • $3,497 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner
$7,981
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Used 2014 Kia Optima LX for Sale - $5,777 - 95,090 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, alloy wheels, satellite radio, power outlet
Category: Used Cars
Location: Littleton, CO 80129
Price: $5,777
Mileage: 95,090 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 27
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAGM4A72E5452240
2007 Kia Optima EX

2007 Kia Optima EX - 135,956 mi

Augusta, GA - Listed 3 days ago
  • $1,496 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • free CARFAX
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Used 2007 Kia Optima EX for Sale - $2,950 - 135,956 miles - with child safety, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Augusta, GA 30909
Price: $2,950
Mileage: 135,956 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.5 star
Engine: 6-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 23
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAGE124575093209
2020 Kia Optima LX

2020 Kia Optima LX - 4,560 mi

Jacksonville, FL - Listed 33 days ago
  • $4,409 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
$15,495
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Used 2020 Kia Optima LX for Sale - $14,995 - 4,560 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, internet radio, alloy wheels
Category: Used Cars
Location: Jacksonville, FL 32211
Price: $14,995
Mileage: 4,560 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.1 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 27
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGT4L37LG385725
2017 Kia Optima LX

2017 Kia Optima LX - 9,206 mi

Seffner, FL - Listed 14 days ago
  • $2,798 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
PREVIEW
Used 2017 Kia Optima LX for Sale - $11,994 - 9,206 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, alloy wheels, satellite radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: Seffner, FL 33584
Price: $11,994
Mileage: 9,206 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.8 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGT4L33HG156501
2016 Kia Optima LX

2016 Kia Optima LX - 39,791 mi

Columbus, OH - Listed 14 days ago
  • $2,760 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
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Used 2016 Kia Optima LX for Sale - $10,495 - 39,791 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, alloy wheels, satellite radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: Columbus, OH 43204
Price: $10,495
Mileage: 39,791 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAGT4L32G5088109
2015 Kia Optima SXL Turbo

2015 Kia Optima SXL Turbo - 32,589 mi

Omaha, NE - Listed 5 days ago
  • $4,265 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles
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Used 2015 Kia Optima SXL Turbo for Sale - $12,950 - 32,589 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, navigation, backup camera, leather upholstery
Category: Used Cars
Location: Omaha, NE 68117
Price: $12,950
Mileage: 32,589 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
3.4 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 24
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGR4A60FG464234
2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo - 14,901 mi

Hollywood, FL - Listed 46 days ago
  • $3,577 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles
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Used 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo for Sale - $9,495 - 14,901 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, leather upholstery, alloy wheels, satellite radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: Hollywood, FL 33023
Price: $9,495
Mileage: 14,901 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.2 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 26
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAGR4A63B5129223
2017 Kia Optima EX

2017 Kia Optima EX - 4,568 mi

West Jordan, UT - Listed 33 days ago
  • $4,875 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles
$13,995
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Used 2017 Kia Optima EX for Sale - $12,995 - 4,568 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, leather upholstery, alloy wheels
Category: Used Cars
Location: West Jordan, UT 84088
Price: $12,995
Mileage: 4,568 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
3.3 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGU4L33HG145222
2009 Kia Optima LX

2009 Kia Optima LX - 116,997 mi

Dallas, TX - Listed 110 days ago
  • $1,871 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , free CARFAX
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Used 2009 Kia Optima LX for Sale - $3,450 - 116,997 miles - with child safety, satellite radio, power outlet
Category: Used Cars
Location: Dallas, TX 75218
Price: $3,450
Mileage: 116,997 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Manual
Dealer Rating:
4.3 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 25
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAGE228995288645
2012 Kia Optima EX

2012 Kia Optima EX - 134,086 mi

Long Island City, NY - Listed 1 day ago
  • $1,625 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , free CARFAX
PREVIEW
Used 2012 Kia Optima EX for Sale - $4,995 - 134,086 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, leather upholstery, alloy wheels, satellite radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: Long Island City, NY 11101
Price: $4,995
Mileage: 134,086 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
3.9 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 5XXGN4A77CG082752
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What is the average price for Used Kia Optima? How many are for sale and priced below market?

  • 11,854 cars for sale found, starting at $700
  • Average price for Used Kia Optima: $14,962
  • 3,225 deals found. Average savings of $1,181
  • Save up to $5,940 below estimated market price

What Kia Optima model year and mileage can you get for your budget?

Year Price Mileage
2020 $17,573 to $21,495 1,000 to 10,676 miles
2019 $13,602 to $17,362 10,625 to 43,444 miles
2018 $13,355 to $17,545 9,936 to 52,722 miles
2017 $12,523 to $17,295 10,208 to 66,283 miles
2016 $13,517 to $16,812 12,481 to 64,247 miles

How much does a used Kia Optima cost?

Average Price
$14,962
For a used Kia Optima
Average Savings
$1,181
Based on all Optima deals found
Biggest Savings
$5,940
Below estimated market price
Good Deal
$13,529
Typical price of a good deal

What's the average price of a Kia Optima by year?

Average price by year
Average mileage by year

How to find a cheap Kia Optima?

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Top Cities Average Price
Washington $13,624
Baltimore $13,956
New York $14,151
Dallas $14,217
Chicago $14,279
Philadelphia $14,351
Atlanta $14,783
Los Angeles $17,281
Miami $21,168
West Palm Beach $21,593
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How can you save money on a used Kia Optima?

Fuel Type An Optima averages $7,230 less than an Optima Plug-In Hybrid
Certified Choosing non-CPO vs Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) can save you $1,706 on a Kia Optima
Fuel Type An Optima averages $423 less than an Optima Hybrid

What colors are the best deals for a Kia Optima?

Least Expensive Color
Gold $1,226Average Savings
Most Expensive Color
Purple $404Average Premium

What Kia Optima color has the best resale value?

Price differences by car color compared to the average price of a used Kia Optima
How does car color affect the average price of a used Kia Optima?
Rank Color Compared to Avg Price
1 Gold $1,226 Savings
2 Brown $1,095 Savings
3 Beige $942 Savings
4 Red $560 Savings
5 Silver $516 Savings
6 Green $28 Savings
7 Gray $13 Savings
8 Blue $27 Higher
9 Black $180 Higher
10 White $397 Higher
11 Purple $404 Higher

What is the best time to buy a used Kia Optima?

Good times to buy
- Save $237 on average: January, August, September, October, November, December are good times to buy to find the best prices.
Good times to sell
- Make an extra $241 on average: February, March, April, May, June, July are good times to sell to get the best prices
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Kia Optima vs Competition

(Based on Last 5 Years' Data)
#1 - Most leg room
#1 - Safest
#2 - Most spacious
#3 - Most horsepower
#6 - Most cargo room
#8 - Kept longest
#9 - Longest-lasting
#9 - Most fuel-efficient
#9 - Greenest

What Is The Average Price Of A Used Kia Optima By Model Year?

Year Average Price Deals Listings
2020 Kia Optima for Sale $20,468 Save $5,593 on 23 deals 175 listings
2019 Kia Optima for Sale $16,797 Save $5,940 on 427 deals 2,406 listings
2018 Kia Optima for Sale $17,900 Save $4,243 on 420 deals 1,821 listings
2017 Kia Optima for Sale $16,021 Save $4,875 on 258 deals 998 listings
2016 Kia Optima for Sale $15,499 Save $6,216 on 798 deals 2,754 listings
2015 Kia Optima for Sale $12,665 Save $4,994 on 614 deals 1,836 listings
2014 Kia Optima for Sale $11,492 Save $4,112 on 202 deals 572 listings

What Is The Average Price Of Competitor Cars To The Used Kia Optima?

Average Price Deals Listings
Ford Fusion for Sale $14,302 Save $8,210 on 6,814 deals 23,060 listings
Honda Accord for Sale $15,836 Save $7,516 on 6,248 deals 23,001 listings
Nissan Altima for Sale $13,852 Save $5,967 on 7,579 deals 26,957 listings

What Is The Average Price Of Used Kia Optima In The Top 10 Cities?

Average Price Deals Listings
Kia Optima in Houston $15,536 Save $3,124 on 57 deals 210 listings
Kia Optima in Atlanta $14,748 Save $3,335 on 148 deals 445 listings
Kia Optima in Dallas $15,180 Save $3,368 on 104 deals 514 listings
Kia Optima in Chicago $14,294 Save $3,156 on 120 deals 393 listings
Kia Optima in Miami $21,373 Save $3,883 on 94 deals 558 listings
Kia Optima in Los Angeles $14,330 Save $3,503 on 218 deals 540 listings
Kia Optima in Philadelphia $14,369 Save $4,531 on 184 deals 523 listings
Kia Optima in San Antonio $14,238 Save $4,161 on 41 deals 114 listings
Kia Optima in Phoenix $13,860 Save $3,597 on 78 deals 248 listings
Kia Optima in Orlando $14,223 Save $4,704 on 75 deals 261 listings

Used Kia Optima Trims

Trim Average Price Listings Specs
Used Kia Optima LX
(2001-2020)
$14,013 7,196 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Optima EX
(2004-2020)
$15,141 3,103 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Optima SX Turbo
(2011-2012, 2014-2020)
$17,731 736 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Optima S
(2018-2020)
$18,767 531 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Optima SXL Turbo
(2014-2017)
$18,648 348 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Optima SX
(2009-2010, 2013-2015)
$12,016 251 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Optima LX Turbo
(2016-2018)
$15,909 143 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Optima SXL
(2013)
$12,817 41 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Optima EX Turbo
(2011-2012)
$9,513 28 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Optima EX Premium
(2020)
$25,988 7 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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What to look for when buying a used Kia Optima?

The Kia Optima is a four-door, midsized sedan that is now in its fourth-generation. The Optima is sold globally, sometimes under other model names, and is one of the best-selling vehicles in Kia's lineup. The Optima is most well known for its reliability, fuel economy, and low purchase price. The first-generation Kia Optima entered the market in 2000 as a rebadged version of the Hyundai Sonata. Sales figures for the first-generation Optima were modest, but steady in the United States. In 2005, the second-generation Kia Optima was introduced to market. Although still largely based on the Hyundai Sonata, this new Optima was much more differentiated in body styling and was based on Kia's new global platform intended to make the company more competitive. Higher crash-test results and a well-received four-cylinder engine were hallmarks of this second-generation Optima. The third-generation Optima was introduced in 2010 as a completely redesigned and Kia-unique vehicle. This was a new, sportier-looking, and more upscale Optima compared to previous generations. A new, very modern four-cylinder engine was introduced with the new car and either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic were offered. The Kia Optima Hybrid was introduced in 2011. The fourth-generation Kia Optima came in 2016 and once again began sharing a platform with the Sonata. Continuing with the previous generation's sportier theme in design and more upscale interior, the new Optima. The Hybrid was continued and a Plug-in Hybrid (Kia Optima PHEV) was introduced in 2016. Although Kia has one of the best warranties in the industry, at 10 years or 100,000 miles, the Optima does suffer from some consistent problems. Engine failures in 2011 and 2014 model year Optima cars are not uncommon, though they usually happen within the 100,000-mile warranty period. Low-mileage third-generation Optima models are also often found to have steering misalignments after tire rotations. The Optima is otherwise well-respected for durability.

Kia Optima Test Drive Reviews

2015 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima family sedan has been a runaway hit for this Korean automaker and it's easy to see why. No, it's not because it offers a wide range of powertrains to appeal to any driver from the eco-friendly hybrid to the base 2.4 liter 192 horsepower 4-cylinder standard in EX and LX trims or even the riotously powerful 2.0 liter tubocharged 4-cylinder tested here which puts out a class leading 274 horsepower/269 lb. feet of torque. No, what the Optima managed to do since the day it first went on sale was bring true style and elegance to the family sedan class.

Sadly, it's still true to this day that most sedans geared at the family sedan buyer are at best conservatively handsome and at worst bigger stylistic disasters than that polka dot number your Aunt Florence wore to the last family reunion. We won't name names, of course but we still can't help but think that from the front the latest Nissan Altima looks like a misshapen pig. Whoops, sorry, we named a name there. On the other end of the spectrum the Volkswagen Passat is a very handsome large sedan but it is very conservative in its styling which most automakers feel their buyers in this segment want.

But the Kia Optima proved that theory wrong with its bold tail lamp design, sporty looking razor blade grille and handsome headlamp shape all the way to its sloping greenhouse which when equipped with the panoramic sunroof looks amazingly cool when it is opened. Thank ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer for imbuing this Audi with a look that made Kia's start to look expensive and feel that way too.

The interior in our top of the line SXL Turbo model was loaded to the gills with every available gadget, gizmo and optional extra and its quilted Nappa leather seats reminded more than one person of the seats in a Bentley. Yes, we just said that. So what's the catch? It must drive like a porpoise riding big surf, right? Oddly, no, this SXL turbo turned out to be a sedan that in fact did like to "party all the time," to paraphrase the hit song by Rick James from the 1980's popularized by none other than Eddie Murphy. But how did we get the Optima in the mood to want to party all the time? Well there's a secret we will tell you all about in the Driving Impressions section. Read on to find out more.

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2014 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima family sedan has been a runaway hit for this Korean automaker and it's easy to see why. No, it's not because it offers a wide range of powertrains to appeal to any driver from the eco-friendly hybrid to the base 2.4 liter 192 horsepower 4-cylinder standard in EX and LX trims or even the riotously powerful 2.0 liter tubocharged 4-cylinder tested here which puts out a class leading 274 horsepower/269 lb. feet of torque. No, what the Optima managed to do since the day it first went on sale was bring true style and elegance to the family sedan class.

Sadly, it's still true to this day that most sedans geared at the family sedan buyer are at best conservatively handsome and at worst bigger stylistic disasters than that polka dot number your Aunt Florence wore to the last family reunion. We won't name names, of course but we still can't help but think that from the front the latest Nissan Altima looks like a misshapen pig. Whoops, sorry, we named a name there. On the other end of the spectrum, the Volkswagen Passat is a very handsome large sedan but it is very conservative in its styling which most automakers feel their buyers in this segment want.

But the Kia Optima proved that theory wrong with its bold tail lamp design, sporty looking razor blade grille and handsome headlamp shape all the way to its sloping greenhouse which when equipped with the panoramic sunroof looks amazingly cool when it is opened. Thank ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer for imbuing this Audi with a look that made Kia's start to look expensive and feel that way too.

The interior in our top of the line SXL Turbo model was loaded to the gills with every available gadget, gizmo and optional extra and its quilted Nappa leather seats reminded more than one person of the seats in a Bentley. Yes, we just said that. So what's the catch? It must drive like a porpoise riding big surf, right? Oddly, no, this SXL turbo turned out to be a sedan that in fact did like to "party all the time," to paraphrase the hit song by Rick James from the 1980's popularized by none other than Eddie Murphy. But how did we get the Optima in the mood to want to party all the time? Well there's a secret we will tell you all about in the Driving Impressions section. Read on to find out more.

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2013 Kia Optima

The 2013 Kia Optima is a teenager in the automotive world, only in its third generation of production. As far as midsize sedans, this one walks the middle of the road for some and hits the mark for others. It is a model of safety and reliability while mixing in a good deal of economy. For the 2013 Optima, Kia has discontinued the EX Turbo trim but has instead gone a bit classier and added a top-level Limited trim.

A hybrid model is once again offered for this year, and there is a choice of two available four-cylinder engines. Some of the less-than-desirable features are a lack of headroom and a somewhat cramped cabin, but the 2013 Kia Optima remains a stylish economical option in the midsize sedan category. It remains a gold standard in the safety category, which makes it nice choice for first-time drivers.
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