2020 Kia Optima

MSRP range: $23,390 - $32,190
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MSRP$24,790
Edmunds suggests you pay$22,878

What Should I Pay

2020 Kia Optima Review

  • Generous amount of standard equipment
  • All trims get an impressive level of driver assistance features
  • Stylish interior with plenty of small-item and cargo storage
  • Infotainment system is easy to use
  • The 1.6T powertrain option is slow to respond and not very smooth
  • Sloping roofline cuts into rear headroom
  • 2.0T engine is quite thirsty
  • Standard forward collision mitigation system now includes pedestrian detection
  • Slight changes to standard features across the trim lineup
  • LX's Premium and SX's Limited packages are no longer available
  • Part of the fourth Optima generation introduced in 2016

For nearly two decades, the Kia Optima has been the go-to choice for buyers who need an affordable yet accommodating sedan. The 2020 Kia Optima is no different, offering a robust suite of technology features and safety systems at a lower price point than competitors. This year's model shuffles some features and deletes top-trim option packages, but it remains one of the most value-conscious choices in the class.

Unlike many other midsize sedans, the Optima comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, along with a suite of driving aids that includes a blind-spot monitor. More exotic features such as ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof are available in upper trims, but even modestly priced midtier models pile on luxury items.

There's only one inherent flaw, and it's the downward-sloping roofline that gives the Optima its distinctive shape. It cuts into rear headroom and requires passengers to duck into the back seat. Also, you may face frustrations depending on which powertrain you go for. The base engine is a little slow, while the dual-clutch automatic paired to the 1.6-liter engine is slow to respond and jerky at low speeds. The range-topping 2.0-liter engine, meanwhile, consumes more fuel than similar engines.

Despite these quirks, the 2020 Kia Optima remains one of the stronger choices in the midsize class. However, buyers willing to spend a little more will find vehicles such as the Honda Accord and the Mazda 6 more engaging overall.

What's it like to live with the Optima?

If you'd like to learn more about the Kia Optima of this generation, read about our experiences from a full year of living with a 2016 Kia Optima. We tested the Optima for a full year, diving into the ownership experience for 20,000 miles and covering all the features from cargo space to real-world fuel economy. Notable differences in the 2020 Optima include updates to standard and optional equipment, a refreshed exterior and revised infotainment options. But the 2020 is still in the same generation as the 2016 model we tested, so most of our observations still apply.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    7.8/10
    The Kia Optima is a comfortable and stylish midsize sedan that's more generously equipped than most. It does most things well, with nicely shaped seats, a pleasant ride and an intuitive infotainment system. In its top SX trim, the Optima is also quite fun to drive, but that power and fun come at the cost of fuel economy.

Which Optima does Edmunds recommend?

While its dual-clutch automatic isn't perfect, the EX's value statement is simply too strong to ignore. Passengers in all five seats are treated to a wealth of upgrades, including heated front seats, rear air vents and leather upholstery. Adaptive cruise control and the auto-dimming rearview mirror make everyday driving easier, too.

Kia Optima models

The 2020 Kia Optima is a midsize sedan sold in four trim levels. The base LX comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a ton of advanced safety equipment. The S is a sport-themed version of the LX with slightly different styling and a few additional goodies, while the luxurious EX is packed with extra features and its own unique powertrain. Commendably, Kia has kept the pricing close across these trims. The SX is more expensive, but its powerful turbocharged engine and additional tech and luxury features are enticing.

Under the hood of the entry-level Optima LX is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (185 horsepower, 178 lb-ft of torque) matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. Automatic headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic high-beam control, heated mirrors, height-adjustable front seats (with two-way power lumbar adjustment for the driver), and a 60/40-split rear seat are all standard.

Tech features such as an 8-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered. Standard advanced safety equipment includes rear parking sensors, lane keeping assist, driver attention monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The S adds 18-inch wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, keyless entry and ignition, a power driver's seat, a hands-free unlocking trunk, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cloth and faux leather upholstery. The optional Panoramic Sunroof package equips the S trim with a panoramic sunroof and gloss-black exterior accents.

The EX gets its own powertrain: a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque) and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It loses the spoiler but receives sound-reducing front door windows, adaptive cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, rear air vents, interior wood accents, leather upholstery, and additional sensors for the forward collision warning system. The EX also brings with it a total of three USB ports (two in front and one in rear), a wireless charging pad, a rear power outlet, and HD and satellite radio.

One package is available on the EX. The Premium package adds four-way power lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, driver-seat memory functions, a power passenger seat with a two-way lumbar, ventilated front seats, the panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, and a navigation system.

The range-topping SX is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (245 hp, 260 lb-ft) with a six-speed automatic transmission. It is equipped similarly to the EX outfitted with the Premium package. Additional upgrades on the SX include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and foglights, automatic high-beam control, a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension, red brake calipers, black-painted exterior accents, a flat-bottom steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, metal interior trim, and a larger driver information display. It also adds a temporary spare tire compared to the tire repair kit on other trims.

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Kia Optima.

Average user rating: 4.4 stars
10 total reviews
5 star reviews: 70%
4 star reviews: 20%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 10%

Trending topics in reviews

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  • warranty
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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Oh how they have come so far...
Cliff,
LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
My previous car was a Mazda CX-5 my lease ended and I was looking for a vehicle that was not as harsh on the road as the Mazda and still had the space. I knew that I was not going to get another Mazda because of the ride quality and the I also wanted to get my payments down. So i started my research and saw that the optima had more than exceptional ride quality. I was hesitant to go from a SUV back to a sedan but I thought, you know what let me just check it out and see. I went to my nearest KIA dealer and I test drove a Black 2020 KIA Optima LX/FE (FE is an LX but just means Fuel Efficiency). I was taken back by 1) How big the vehicle is. I am 6'0 and I had so much room in the front and I left my seating position to see how much I had behind me and I fit perfectly in the back and had so much knee room this had more interior room than my CX-5 with the exception of cargo room. 2) The standard features on an LX model is insane Blind spot monitoring, Lane assist, 8 inch display with android auto or apple car play, decent stereo, and auto headlights. very impressive. and finally the ride quality. it rides so smooth absorbs most road imperfections. the only con I found so far is that it is slightly quieter than the CX-5 it is still plenty loud especially on the highway. I found that wind noise can get a little intrusive when you are going speeds higher than 65MPH. With that being said Kia really has don a tremendous job with their vehicles. This is my second Kia Optima. the first being a 2007 Optima LX and this 2020 being my second. Its literally night and day. I enjoyed my 07 Optima but it was a bland car nothing to be proud of. something from point a to point B. But this 2020 Model is just amazing. It looks great really feels like a premium car. the materials are high quality. I am truly happy with my recent purchase and I highly recommend this car to anyone looking for a great midsized sedan for a good value.
5/5 stars, Very pleased
AnneL,
SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
I have had my Kia Optima FE(Thanks to an earlier post letting me know that means Fuel Efficient - no one at the dealer knew that) for 6 months now and am quite happy with it. I was driving a 2005 Highlander and was not sure if I would like a sedan, but the quieter and smoother ride have won me over. Apple Car Play is great. I like all the safety features it has. Around town I get 26-27mpg according to the dash info and on the highway, if there are no slowdowns or stops, 40-50mpg.
5/5 stars, I feel so safe
Kenzie,
SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
I’ve never had a car that I felt so safe and comfortable driving, while still looking nice.
5/5 stars, AWESOMEEEEEE
ohiadoreyou,
S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
Love the ride, the drive and the bang for my buck!


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$23,390
MPG & Fuel
25 City / 35 Hwy / 29 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 185 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 191.1 in. / Height: 57.7 in. / Width: 73.2 in.
Curb Weight: 3230 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 15.9 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Optima safety features:

LED Headlights with Automatic Leveling
Swivels the headlights to provide illumination around a corner while turning and adjusts the tilt to account for passenger weight.
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
Automatically applies the brakes if advanced safety systems detect an imminent front collision.
Rear Cross Collision Warning
Sounds an alert if a vehicle is passing or about to pass behind you as you back up.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.8%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



Kia Optima vs. the competition

2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia Optima

2019 Hyundai Sonata

2019 Hyundai Sonata

Kia Optima vs. Hyundai Sonata

The Kia Optima and the Hyundai Sonata are closely related midsize sedans from the same parent company. But the Sonata is fully redesigned for 2020, while the Optima's underlying architecture dates back to 2016. That means the Sonata gets new powertrains and additional features not found on the Optima.

Compare Kia Optima & Hyundai Sonata features 

Kia Optima vs. Honda Accord

In our book, the Honda Accord is the best midsize sedan on the market. It's terrifically roomy inside, and both turbocharged engines deliver plenty of punch. We're also huge fans of the Accord's high-quality cabin design and materials. The only true fault we found: The base 1.5-liter engine is thirstier than EPA estimates would have you believe.

Compare Kia Optima & Honda Accord features 

Kia Optima vs. Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is one size class smaller than the Optima, but buyers willing to forgo a spacious back seat will find tremendous value in this compact four-door. There's a good mix of creature comforts and advanced driving features on lower trims, while more expensive versions pack a turbocharged engine and ventilated front seats. However, the back seat is tiny by class standards, and the suspension feels quite stiff.

Compare Kia Optima & Kia Forte features 

FAQ

Is the Kia Optima a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Optima both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.8 out of 10. You probably care about Kia Optima fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Optima gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg to 31 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Optima has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Optima. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Kia Optima?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Kia Optima:

  • Standard forward collision mitigation system now includes pedestrian detection
  • Slight changes to standard features across the trim lineup
  • LX's Premium and SX's Limited packages are no longer available
  • Part of the fourth Optima generation introduced in 2016
Learn more

Is the Kia Optima reliable?

To determine whether the Kia Optima is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Optima. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Optima's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Kia Optima a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Kia Optima is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Optima and gave it a 7.8 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Optima is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Kia Optima?

The least-expensive 2020 Kia Optima is the 2020 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,390.

Other versions include:

  • LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $23,390
  • S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $24,890
  • EX Premium 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $30,190
  • SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $26,390
  • EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $27,190
  • SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $32,190
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What are the different models of Kia Optima?

If you're interested in the Kia Optima, the next question is, which Optima model is right for you? Optima variants include LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX Premium 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A). For a full list of Optima models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia Optima Overview

The 2020 Kia Optima is offered in the following submodels: Optima Sedan. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX Premium 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Kia Optima models are available with a 2.4 L-liter gas engine or a 1.6 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 185 hp, depending on engine type. The 2020 Kia Optima comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic, 7-speed automated manual. The 2020 Kia Optima comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2020 Kia Optima?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Kia Optima and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Optima 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Optima.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Kia Optima and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Optima featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Kia Optima?

2020 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2020 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,790. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,912 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,912 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,878.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 7.7% below the MSRP.

2020 Kia Optima S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2020 Kia Optima S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,600. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Optima S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,058 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,058 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,542.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Optima S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 7.7% below the MSRP.

2020 Kia Optima SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2020 Kia Optima SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,750. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Optima SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,150 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,150 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,600.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Optima SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is 7.7% below the MSRP.

2020 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2020 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,765. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $2,231 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,231 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,534.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

2020 Kia Optima EX Premium 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2020 Kia Optima EX Premium 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,550. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Optima EX Premium 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $2,455 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,455 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,095.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Optima EX Premium 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

2020 Kia Optima SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Kia Optima SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,625. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Optima SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $2,622 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,622 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,003.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Optima SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2020 Kia Optima?

2020 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
29 compined MPG,
25 city MPG/35 highway MPG

2020 Kia Optima S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
27 compined MPG,
24 city MPG/32 highway MPG

2020 Kia Optima EX Premium 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, regular unleaded
31 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/37 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG29
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.4 L
Passenger Volume120.7 cu.ft.
Wheelbase110.4 in.
Length191.1 in.
Width73.2 in.
Height57.7 in.
Curb Weight3230 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Kia Optima?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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