With sleek styling, a wide selection of engine choices and substantial value the Kia Optima is a top pick in the midsize family sedan market. Since its debut, it’s been a great alternative to some of the pricier, less stylish family sedans on the market.
For the 2011 model year, the Kia Optima was completely redesigned. With its distinctive European flair, the 2011 Optima model had a more luxurious and expensive flair compared to its predecessors. The 2011 Optima is available in five trim levels, each with a long list of standard and available features.
•2.4-Liter 4-cylinder engine
•Available Turbocharged 2.0-Liter 4-cylinder engine and 2.4-Liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine
•Full power accessories
•AM/FM/CD stereo with satellite radio
•Auxiliary audio jack
•4-wheel antilock brake system
•Front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags
•Tire pressure monitoring and electronic brake force distribution
•Stability and traction control
This second-generation model was offered in three trims; the most basic, LX, was built with standard a five-speed manual transmission, full power accessories, and front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags.
In 2002 the V6 engine was updated to provide 178-hp and in 2003 the Optima’s front end was restyled. Improvements were also made to the interior including a new center stack, door panels, and fresh seat fabric. Kia also began to offer Sportmatic manual-shift capability on four-cylinder automatic models.