The SX Turbo archetypal is the top of the midsize Kia Optima auto band for 2020. It comes with a 245-horsepower turbochared four-cylinder engine.
For 2019, Kia’s midsize Optima auto formed out with adapted exoteric administration and some autogenous upgrades, appearance the aboriginal key changes back the fourth bearing accustomed four years ago.
Back for 2020, there are bristles gasoline-only models, starting with the LX 2.4 ($23,190, additional $925 freight), followed by the S 2.4 ($24,690), EX 1.6 Turbo ($26,990), the new EX Exceptional ($29,990), and the top-of-the-line SX 2.0 Turbo ($31,990), which we tested.
There additionally are amalgam versions for 2020, which confused into their additional bearing for 2017. Two hybrids are offered: the abject EX for $29,310 additional $925 freight, and the EX PHEV — constituent electric amalgam – for $36,090.
With the PHEV model, the amalgam array backpack can be affiliated to an alien ability antecedent for recharging so it can run on electric ability abandoned if the array is kept charged. If the array does run down, though, the PHEV can abide activity on its gasoline engine, aloof like the approved EX hybrid. The constituent archetypal was added to the amalgam calendar for 2017.
There are three gasoline engines are accessible in the gas-only models, alpha with a commonly aspirated 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder, accepted in the LX and S models, with 185 application and 178 foot-pounds of torque. This agent is affiliated to a six-speed automated transmission.
EX models get a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder with 178 application and 195 foot-pounds of torque, akin with a seven-speed, dual-clutch achievement automated transmission.
As for our SX model, it came with the most-powerful agent option: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder rated at 245 application and 260 foot-pounds of torque. It’s commutual with a altered six-speed automated transmission.
Powering the hybrids is a 2.0-liter, 154-horsepower four-cylinder gasoline engine, accompanying with a 50-horsepower electric motor in the accepted model, or a 66-horsepower motor in the constituent version.
Combined achievement of the agent and electric motor is 192 application and 271 foot-pounds of torque in the abject hybrid, and 202 application and 276 foot-pounds of torque in the PHEV.
The 2020 KIa Optima SX Turbo.
Mileage ratings for the gasoline models are 25 mpg city/35 highway/29 accumulated (LX); 24/33/27 (S); 27/37/31 (EX); and 21/30/24 (SX). Amalgam EPA ratings are 39 city/45 highway/41 accumulated for the abject hybrid, and 38/43/40 for the PHEV, which has a 29-mile ambit on array ability alone.
For 2020, the EX Exceptional is a abstracted trim level, admitting aftermost year the EX Exceptional Amalgamation was appropriate to actualize this adaptation from the EX model. On LX and S trims, Forward Collision-Avoidance-Assist has been added for 2020 to accommodate Pedestrian Detection. And wireless buzz charging is now accepted on EX and SX trims. The LX bales and SX Limited amalgamation accept been discontinued.
Last year, the Optima got some new architecture appearance central and out, but not abundant to authorize it as a new generation. It additionally accustomed broadcast Advanced Disciplinarian Assistance Systems technology, new UVO infotainment options, and accessible European-inspired red and atramentous two-tone action leather-trimmed seats (standard on the SX),
There were additionally new admixture caster choices, ambient LED autogenous lighting, and a new Passion Red exoteric color. Our SX archetypal came with a Sparkling Argent exoteric and atramentous autogenous (except for the two-tone seats), and 18-inch admixture wheels.
The LX models got Kia Stinger-inspired LED daytime active lights, new 16-inch admixture auto and a matte gray grill., while Action (S) models were accustomed projector-beam fog lights, LED taillights, bifold exhaust, action ancillary sills with gloss-black trim, a gloss-black grill, and 18-inch admixture wheels. They additionally appear with a acute key with pushbutton start, acute trunk, and ability advanced windows with auto up/down.
Besides the 1.6-liter turbo agent and dual-clutch transmission, the EX has an adaptive Acute Shift drive mode; covering seats with front-seat heaters; 17-inch admixture wheels; Acute Cruise Ascendancy with Stop-and-Go; and the fog lights, LED taillights and bifold bankrupt from the S model. Options accommodate checkered autogenous lighting and a acrimonious council wheel.
SX models accommodate 18-inch Dark Satin admixture auto with P235/45R18 Michelin tires; atramentous amateur and colonnade covers; chrome emphasis ancillary sills; advanced and rear high aperture trim and apparatus console with argent perforated stitching; acrimonious rear outboard seats; covering captivated flat-bottom council caster with atramentous perforated bond and paddle shifters; upgraded Nappa covering bench trim; body-color alfresco mirrors and rear spoiler; rear side-window sunshades; and a Surround View Monitor.
LED fog lights, ambient autogenous lighting, action council caster and Acute Cruise Ascendancy with Stop-and-Go are accepted on the SX model, which additionally comes with a across-the-board sunroof; Harman Kardon exceptional audio arrangement with UVO articulation and navigation; acrimonious council wheel; gloss-black aperture pillars and ancillary moldings; and a action bonanza with LED fog lights.
The 2020 Optima SX Turbo includes covering seats in a two-tone red and atramentous mix. The car seats up to five, and has a ample block and a turbocharged 245-horsepower engine.
The new Advanced Disciplinarian Assistance Systems accommodate such appearance as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which automatically applies brakes to abate acceleration to abstain a aboveboard collision; a Forward Blow Warning System, advised to ascertain a abeyant blow with the agent ahead, giving the Optima disciplinarian aural and beheld warnings; Disciplinarian Attention Warning, which keeps an eye on the disciplinarian for signs of fatigue; Lane Accumulate Assist, which can accumulate the agent from afloat out of its advised lane; and Lane Departure Warning, which lets the disciplinarian apperceive if the agent is afloat out of its lane after a about-face arresting actuality activated.
Kia’s UVO telematics and infotainment systems accept been adapted for 2019, with a array of appearance depending on trim level. They accommodate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
In the amalgam models, there is a lightweight, high-density lithium-polymer array pack, placed beneath the block floor.
Gasoline models accept a ample 15.9 cubic anxiety of block space, with a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback. Approved hybrids accept 13.4 cubic anxiety of block space, and the PHEV has aloof 9.9 cubic anxiety (in both hybrids, some amplitude is absent to the array pack).
Unlike some amalgam sedans – such as the Toyota Prius – the Optima amalgam looks about identical to its gasoline-only sibling. But the amalgam does accept a few different administration cues, including a advanced air curtain, askew rear bumper, rear diffuser shrouding the bankrupt tip, and aerodynamic admixture wheels.
Included on our SX was the hands-free acute block opener, which automatically ancestor the block lid accessible if addition stands abaft it for added than three abnormal with the key fob.
Among accepted assurance appearance are advanced seat-mounted ancillary air bags, roof-mounted side-curtain air accoutrements for both rows, driver’s knee air bag, cyberbanking adherence ascendancy with absorption control, antilock disc brakes, hill-start assist, and tire-pressure monitoring.
Plenty of ability is produced by the 2.0-liter turbo engine, with absolute little assurance of turbo lag or the torque-steer aftereffect generally associated with front-drive cars,
Driving with three adults on board, and occasionally four or bristles in the car for restaurant outings, we begin the advanced seats to be comfortable, as were the rear outboard positions. The average position is acceptable for a baby developed or child, but bound for a beyond person, archetypal for midsize sedans.
We begin the ride to be bland but not too adequate on our SX Turbo. The berth was bland and analytic quiet, alike on some somewhat asperous pavement in some architecture zones on the interstate.
Total sticker amount was $32,915, including freight.
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2020 Kia Optima
The package: Midsize, four-door, four-cylinder gasoline or gasoline/electric amalgam powered, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger ancestors sedan.
Highlights: Kia’s midsize auto got a complete makeover for 2016, and the gasoline-electric amalgam archetypal was adapted for 2017; for 2019, there were abundant upgrades and administration tweaks, and for 2020 there is a new EX Exceptional trim. This is the best Optima yet, attractive added like a affluence car than an affordable, mass-market vehicle.
Negatives: Headroom is bound for taller bodies in models with the sunroof.
Engine/power: 2.4-liter commonly aspirated inline four-cylinder gasoline (LX, S); 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline inline four-cylinder (EX); 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder gasoline (SX); 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline agent and 50 HP. electric motor (base hybrid); 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline agent and 66 HP. electric motor (PHEV).