2009 Kia Optima

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$17,495 - $22,145
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Engine Engine 2.4LI-4
MPG MPG 22 City / 32 Hwy
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2009 Optima Overview

Despite a thorough redesign just two years ago the 2009 Kia Optima receives significant updates: updated styling, new features and packaging, more powerful and more economical powertrains, and a new SX version.

The 2009 Optima is three inches longer than its predecessor and, with restyling front and rear, comes across as much sleeker.The new SX model features 17-inch wheels, a recalibrated suspension, blacked-out front trim, aluminum interior trim and leather/cloth upholstery.

Other notable news includes a standard audio system with MP3 capability, iPod and USB inputs and Sirius satellite radio with three-month subscription.Voice-recognition navigation is available.

The front-wheel-drive Optima offers a choice of four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine, each of which ranks near top of its class for fuel efficiency.We like the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder; rated at 175 horsepower, it's among the strongest in the class with and gets an EPA-rated 22/32 City/Highway miles per gallon.The 2.7-liter V6 is smoother and slightly more powerful with 194 hp and earns an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg.

Optima is less rounded than the average sedan so it has plenty of headroom and a light and airy cabin.The high-volume EX model won't leave you wanting for more features, and every Optima includes six airbags and stability control.

The Optima plays in a contested market that includes the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Mitsubishi Galant, Chevy Malibu, Dodge Avenger, Mazda6, Subaru Legacy, and sister-car Hyundai Sonata.The Subaru has all-wheel drive standard and it's optional on the Fusion and Avenger, while the Camry, Fusion, Altima and Malibu offer hybrid versions.

All the competition offer more powerful V6 engines.However, only the heavier Altima and Accord have a more powerful four-cylinder engine, only the Sonata can match Kia's long standard warranty, only the Altima can match Optima's EPA ratings, and the Optima is the least expensive.
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2009 Optima Overview

Despite a thorough redesign just two years ago the 2009 Kia Optima receives significant updates: updated styling, new features and packaging, more powerful and more economical powertrains, and a new SX version.

The 2009 Optima is three inches longer than its predecessor and, with restyling front and rear, comes across as much sleeker.The new SX model features 17-inch wheels, a recalibrated suspension, blacked-out front trim, aluminum interior trim and leather/cloth upholstery.

Other notable news includes a standard audio system with MP3 capability, iPod and USB inputs and Sirius satellite radio with three-month subscription.Voice-recognition navigation is available.

The front-wheel-drive Optima offers a choice of four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine, each of which ranks near top of its class for fuel efficiency.We like the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder; rated at 175 horsepower, it's among the strongest in the class with and gets an EPA-rated 22/32 City/Highway miles per gallon.The 2.7-liter V6 is smoother and slightly more powerful with 194 hp and earns an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg.

Optima is less rounded than the average sedan so it has plenty of headroom and a light and airy cabin.The high-volume EX model won't leave you wanting for more features, and every Optima includes six airbags and stability control.

The Optima plays in a contested market that includes the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Mitsubishi Galant, Chevy Malibu, Dodge Avenger, Mazda6, Subaru Legacy, and sister-car Hyundai Sonata.The Subaru has all-wheel drive standard and it's optional on the Fusion and Avenger, while the Camry, Fusion, Altima and Malibu offer hybrid versions.

All the competition offer more powerful V6 engines.However, only the heavier Altima and Accord have a more powerful four-cylinder engine, only the Sonata can match Kia's long standard warranty, only the Altima can match Optima's EPA ratings, and the Optima is the least expensive.Hide Full Review