2006.5 Kia Optima Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Kia Optima - Road Test Specs

2006 Kia Optima Sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2006.5
StyleNew EX 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$20,400
As-tested MSRP$23,900


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.7
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)185 @ 6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)182 @ 4000
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearmultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot HXMXM4
Tire size, frontP215/50R17 V
Tire size, rearP215/50R17 V
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - rear disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.8
0-60 mph (sec.)9.1
0-75 mph (sec.)13.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.5 @ 84.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.64
60-0 mph (ft.)131.89
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.8
@ Full throttle (dB)70.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsYikes! This is a V6? With just a whelp of tire spin, the rest of the run is quite leisurely. Upshifts are sophisticated and smooth but not sporty.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsBrakes are consistent and the pedal effort is appropriate (not hard, not soft).
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsLots of "wind-up" in suspension. Slow transitions create more work at the wheel to keep the car between the cones.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)2518
Temperature (°F)93.5
Wind (mph, direction)2-5

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 City 30 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3287 (as tested 3417)
Length (in.)186.4 in
Width (in.)71.1 in
Height (in.)58.3 in
Wheelbase (in.)107.1 in
Legroom, front (in.)43.7 in
Legroom, rear (in.)37.8 in
Headroom, front (in.)39.8 in
Headroom, rear (in.)38.0 in
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.8 cubic feet
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakesOptional
Electronic brake enhancementsOptional
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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