Get the midlevel SE trim. The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t worry about a stiff ride, though the SE remains relatively comfortable on the road. The SE is also a good bargain considering all of the safety and tech equipment you get for the money. Finally, the SE is available with a wide variety of options, to help you pick and choose which ones are right for your budget.
Crossover SUVs may be all the rage, but there’s still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the 2020 Kia Optima. Coming off a redesign just a year ago, the 2020 Kia Optima is really a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with a lot of standard safety equipment and a lot of options to choose from.
As has been the case for some time, you may get the 2020 Kia Optima with a four-cylinder engine or perhaps a more powerful V6, or you may get the miserly 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid. On the highway, the 2020 Kia Optima is comfortable and compliant. 2020 Kia Optima also offers two sporty versions that infuse the 2020 Kia Optima with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the 2020 Kia Optima offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, particularly if you choose one of many upper trim levels. There are lots of options to pick from across the way.
The 2020 Kia Optima can be as competent as they come. It’s well-priced generally, and modern feature content helps it be supremely an easy task to drive. If you’re searching for something with a little more class and space than a small sedan, the 2020 Kia Optima might just be the sedan for you.
The 2020 Kia Optima is the beds base trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features which includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every 2020 Kia Optima Safety Sense, which is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the following rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a vehicle alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You are able to consider the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a variety of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Many of the features on the upper trim levels may be added to the low trim levels as options. Other notable options add a sunroof, a JBL audio system combined with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the 2020 Kia Optima stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the back seat is easy to fold down to fit longer items. There are enough cabin storage options to make a lot of people happy. Loading a car seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good however, not stellar. The forward center console bin is ideal for concealing items but has a hard, slippery floor, so they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is just a decent size, and you will find modest door pockets in the front and rear that are great for small water bottles only.
The 2020 Kia Optima includes a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles allow it to be easy to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s very easy to mount a vehicle seat, with obvious and easily accessible lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s room enough so your front seat do not need to be scooted all the way forward.