2017 Kia Optima
- More features for the money than most rivals provide
- Fairly customizable, with several features packages available per trim
- Plenty of small-item and cargo storage
- Infotainment system is easy to use
- Optional 1.6T powertrain's sleepy responsiveness can get annoying
- Sloping roofline cuts into rear headroom
- Hard to see out the back without a camera
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Which Optima does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Spacious sedans are continually losing market share to crossovers, but family-friendly four-doors such as the 2017 Kia Optima prove the segment still has plenty of life. The list of improvements to the 2017 version is mild in light of the full redesign it received last year, but the Optima line continues to grow with several new packages that allow shoppers to mix and match to find the right car. Add that to the Optima's existing strengths — a compelling value proposition, roomy seating and a big trunk — and you've got a sedan that can stand toe to toe with all-stars such as the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion.
Like its sister car, the Hyundai Sonata, the Optima scores high marks in the value category without feeling cheap inside. And with the top-trim SXL, you won't find a more deluxe cabin without upgrading to a true luxury sedan. There are shortcomings, to be sure. Tall rear passengers will brush their heads on the sloped roof and buyers looking for excitement should look elsewhere. But we think these are relatively minor knocks that shouldn't deter you from considering the 2017 Kia Optima for your next sedan.
Trim levels & features
Although Kia does not offer much in the way of standalone options, there are a dizzying number of Optima permutations available to buyers. The base LX is fairly light on features, but it also doesn't cost much. The LX 1.6T adds a bit more, but its unique engine-transmission combo is tough to live with. The EX sticks with the LX powertrain and comes with a substantial number of luxury features for a moderate uptick in price. The SX includes a powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine among its upgrades, but if you want your Optima to feel like a luxury car, the top-trim SXL does the trick.
Under the hood of the front-wheel-drive Optima in its base LX form is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (185 horsepower, 178 pound-feet) matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, remote locking and unlocking, a rearview camera, cruise control, a driver information display, selectable driving modes, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable front seats (with two-way lumbar adjustment for the driver), a 60/40-split rear seat, Bluetooth, a 5-inch central display, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB port.
Three packages are available for the Optima LX. The Driver Convenience package adds heated and power-folding mirrors, laminated (i.e. quieter) front window glass, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with four-way lumbar adjustment) and driver-seat memory settings. The Convenience Plus package requires the Driver Convenience package and adds rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a 7-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Kia's Uvo infotainment system. As an alternative, you can also just get the Convenience package, which costs slightly less and includes everything above minus the touchscreen, but we think getting the touchscreen is a good idea.
Stepping up to the LX 1.6T adds a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (178 hp, 195 lb-ft of torque) paired to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. This powertrain is unique to the LX 1.6T. Additional features include a hands-free trunk, illuminated door handles, keyless entry and ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the laminated windows and mirrors from the Convenience package.
Two packages are available for the LX 1.6T. The Value package adds upgraded headlights, LED daytime running lights, the power driver seat, driver-seat memory settings, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and the 7-inch touchscreen. The Technology package includes the blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors plus LED taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, two charge-only rear USB ports, an 8-inch touchscreen and navigation.
The EX sticks with the powertrain from the LX and adds 17-inch wheels, LED taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, the additional USB ports, leather upholstery and the contents of the Value package.
You probably won't be surprised to hear that there are two packages for the EX. The Premium package includes all of the upgrades in the Technology package, plus a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable passenger seat (with two-way lumbar), ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. Opt for the Premium Plus package and you'll get those and forward collision warning with emergency braking, lane departure warning, an electronic parking brake, rear window sunshades and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
For a sportier Optima, Kia offers the SX. It's powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (245 hp, 260 lb-ft of torque). It is equipped similarly to the EX, with upgrades that include 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, a sport-tuned suspension, a flat-bottom steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, a larger driver information display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear window sunshades and the 8-inch screen with navigation.
If you want the performance of the SX but don't necessarily need the extra luxury features, you can order it with the new Sport Value package. It's priced lower, but Kia deletes the LED headlights, hands-free trunk, keyless entry and ignition, and an auto-dimming mirror. Additionally, the 7-inch touchscreen is used instead of the 8-inch system. On the other hand, if you'd like more features you can add the Launch Edition package. It adds the contents of the Premium package and the 10-speaker audio system. Then there's the Technology package for the SX that includes everything else from the Premium Plus package, alongside automatic high-beam control and adaptive cruise control.
At the top of the Optima lineup is the SX Limited. It includes everything listed above and a 360-degree parking camera, wireless smartphone charging and upgraded leather upholstery.
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out4
Child safety seat accommodation4
Audio & navigation4
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Optima safety features:
- Dynamic Bending Light
- Swivels the headlights to provide illumination around a corner while turning. Also adjusts the tilt to account for passenger weight.
- Autonomous Emergency Braking System
- Automatically applies the brakes if various advanced safety systems determine a forward collision is imminent.
- Sounds an alert if a vehicle is passing or about to pass behind you as you back up.
2017 Kia Optima for Sale
The 2017 Kia Optima is a midsize sedan that offers a slightly better value proposition than many of its competitors. Typical of most Kia vehicles, the Optima is available in several trim levels, most of which can be ordered with your choice of feature packages. This means that high-end safety and luxury features can be optioned on even the base LX model. On the downside, this makes it fairly difficult to navigate the Optima's offerings without a guide. We've done the heavy lifting for you.
The 2017 Kia Optima comes in LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX and SXL trim levels. Powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the entry-level LX is equipped with features appropriate for its very reasonable price, such as automatic headlights, a rearview camera and satellite radio. Multiple option packages add a power driver seat, a blind-spot monitoring system and a 7-inch touchscreen, among other upgrades. The LX 1.6T is a modestly priced upgrade that includes a few of the above additions and a fuel-efficient turbocharged engine that is unique to this trim. The EX is slightly more expensive and reverts to the LX's engine, but it includes many more luxury-themed features such as leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and contents from a few of the packages from the above trims. We think it's the best value if you don't need one of the performance-minded Optimas.
Speaking of which, the SX is driven by a powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that makes 245 horsepower. A few performance and creature-comfort upgrades are also included, which amounts to a significant price jump over the EX. If you just want a high-octane engine without the frills, the SX's new Sport Value package slashes the price by ditching some of the niceties. If you want your Optima fully loaded, however, there's nothing more luxuriously equipped than the SXL. It includes everything from the lower-priced trims in addition to a few exclusive upgrades. It's fairly expensive for a midsize sedan, but the Optima SXL's elegant cabin feels more premium than those of top-trim competitors.
The Optima's base price is in line with most of its rivals. You'll find the Optima is less expensive than others as you start moving up the trim ladders and comparing features for the price. Even at the SXL level (which can cost more than upper-echelon competitors), the Optima gets the win for its greater feature content and show-stopping cabin trim. When you're ready, use Edmunds' robust shopping tools to find the perfect Optima for you.
2017 Kia Optima Overview
The 2017 Kia Optima is offered in the following submodels: Optima Sedan. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), SX Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SXL Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and LX Turbo 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM).
What do people think of the 2017 Kia Optima?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Kia Optima and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Optima 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 2017 Optima.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Kia Optima?
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