If you're looking for a versatile midsize ride, then the Kia Optima might be the ideal one for you. This Kia sedan offers something for everyone. With six trim levels to choose from, you're sure to find what you're looking for.

To help drivers like you around Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland, NY, learn more about what each of the trim levels offer, our team at Maguire Kia put together this guide to the 2020 Kia Optima configurations.    

Trim Levels


Available Engines


Maximum Available Horsepower


Maximum Available Torque

260 lb-ft

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

EPA-estimated 27 city/

37 hwy MPG*

Kia Optima LX

The Kia Optima LX starts things off with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. This works with a 6-speed automatic transmission that helps it get up to an EPA-estimated 25 city/35 highway MPG.*

The base trim features these exterior features:

  • Silver 16-inch wheels
  • Chrome exhaust
  • Matte gray grille

To light the way, LED Daytime Running Lights and High Beam Assist come standard. You can also melt frost away on winter mornings with heated outside mirrors.

The interior features cloth seats with CleanTex™, so you can quickly wipe up spills and stains. You'll also find more than a few ways to get comfortable, with an 8-way adjustable driver's seat that includes 2-way power lumbar support. Your co-pilot can also relax with a 6-way adjustable front passenger seat.

In the dashboard, you'll find an 8-inch touch-screen. It comes with lots of smartphone compatibility, including Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™. You can also use this screen to look behind your Kia car using the Rear-Camera Display.

Seeing what's behind you when you're backing up is just the beginning of the Kia Optima model's smart safety features. It comes with all sorts of technology that can help prevent accidents. Some of the other standard driver-assistance features include:

  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assistance with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Driver Attention Warning

Kia Optima S

The Kia Optima S runs on the same powertrain as the base trim, but it adds some style to the exterior. It makes a more memorable first impression with some of the following upgrades:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with machined finish
  • Sport Black side sills
  • Gloss Black grille
  • Rear spoiler

With Smart Key and a push-button start, you can hop in and fire up the engine without having to take the keys out of your pocket. You won't have to take the keys out when you need to pack up the trunk, either. To load up when you've got your hands full, just stand behind the Smart Trunk™, and it'll open automatically.

The interior also gets a sporty upgrade with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, and sport black cloth upholstery with leatherette bolsters. It also offers a more personalized ride with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support.

You can even enjoy a lot of stretching room with these dimensions:

Kia Optima Interior Measurements




Shoulder Room

Hip Room


39.8 inches

45.5 inches

58.1 inches

56 inches


37.8 inches

35.6 inches

56.4 inches

56 inches

With a total passenger volume of 104.8 cubic feet, you and your passengers will have a comfortable ride. 

Kia Optima Special Edition

Black leather seats come standard in the Kia Optima Special Edition. It features a bold design outside, too, with 18-inch black wheels and sport black mirrors. There are a few ways to brighten up the interior, though.

There's LED interior lighting, plus you can let lots of natural light in with a standard panoramic sunroof. The sunroof also includes a power sunshade that'll keep the cabin sunny and cool at the same time.

On the other hand, the interior is also prepared for the winter. Heated front seats come standard, along with a heated steering wheel. With these features, you'll be able to stay warm-even during the cold New York winters.

Kia Optima EX

There's a more efficient engine in the Kia Optima EX. It works with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and gets an EPA-estimated 27 city/37 highway MPG.*

Kia Optima EX Performance


Turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder


178 hp


195 lb-ft

The 17-inch wheels feature a machine alloy finish, while projector-beam fog lights help you light the way. The interior also adds lots of features, such as:

  • Dual-zone fully automatic temperature control system
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio
  • Sound-absorbing front door windows

There are also extra safety features, like Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go. It can maintain your current speed and automatically adjust it if traffic in front of you slows down. 

Kia Optima EX Premium

More amenities come standard on the Kia Optima EX Premium. The cabin now comes with ambient lighting and ventilated front seats, as well as more settings. There's both an 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar support.

The dashboard also offers a more stylish design, with a leatherette wrapped instrument panel that includes striking silver stitching. It also adds more features to the infotainment system. Some of the technology that's standard on this trim includes:

  • Voice-Command Navigation System
  • HD Radio™

In addition, you can blast your music with the 10-speaker Harman Kardon® QuantumLogic™ Premium Surround Sound system.

Kia Optima SX

The Kia Optima SX offers the most powerful drive of any trim. It features a turbocharged engine that provides tons of power to enhance your ride. Check out these performance specs:

Kia Optima SX Performance


Turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder


245 hp


260 lb-ft

The 6-speed automatic transmission returns and helps the Kia Optima SX get an EPA-estimated 21 city/30 highway MPG.*

It stands out from the other trims with a sport black spoiler, grille, side sills, and mirrors. It also runs on a sport-tuned suspension, and shows off red brake calipers. You'll even have excellent visibility with LED front fog lights and LED auto-leveling headlights. The cabin also features an edgy look with design touches such as:

  • D-shaped sport steering wheel
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Sport leather seat trim
  • Choice between black seats with red stitching, or 2-tone red and black seats 

Test Drive the Kia Optima

There's no doubt that each of these 2020 Kia Optima configurations has something unique to offer. Whether this helped you decide which trim level is best, or you're still choosing which one is ideal for your life, you can visit us at Maguire Kia and take a test drive.

With great EPA-estimated fuel economy and a comfortable interior, this Kia sedan is perfect for drivers like you around Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland, New York.

*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.


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