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2017 Kia Optima


City 22 - 28 MPG Hwy 31 - 37 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    5 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    5 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

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Consumer Reviews Write a Review

Overall Rating:
4.9 (out of 5)
Value 4.8
Exterior 4.9
Interior 4.8
Comfort 4.8
Performance 4.8
Reliability 4.7
Regret buying this car

by Cecsfab from Waterloo Iowa | December 20, 2019

I bought my kia 2.4l fe used with 22k. I didn't make my firts payment before the engine went out! I have to admit KIA did step up gave me a new engine as well as lifetime warranty and a rental vehicle while mine was in the shop. Another problem is that the trim pieces are falling off, and i baby this car.

Good value for price

by Dmitry from Mountain View | December 16, 2019

This car met all my needs, a lot of space for driver and passenger, good interior design, the only one sad thing I noticed - poor noise cancellation so it's quite noisy in comparison with Toyota Camry in example.

Most reliable car I’ve owned

by Daniela from Naples, FL | September 20, 2019

It meets all my needs. Lots of space. Well made. Love the back up camera. It’s a safe car in case of an accident. The material seats are easy to clean when they get messy. The engine is really good on the optima. Love the design, it feels like a luxury vehicle at a better price.

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2017 Kia Optima Overview


The 2017 Kia Optima is a midsize sedan that competes with the Ford Fusion, Mazda6, Toyota Camry, and Honda Accord. This year, it remains largely unchanged.

Five trims are available: the LX, LX Turbo, EX, SX Turbo, and SXL Turbo.

Overall, the Optima has unconventional, yet sportier styling than its competitors. Its aggressive headlights align with the honeycomb grille, which create a unified, minimalistic shape. The wide-mouth lower fascia is flanked by dual, vertical-slit vents. Aside from the front fender garnishes, the body is smooth without much sculpt or ornamentation. The rear also looks athletic with its diffuser-style lower fascia. Standard features include power side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a remote opening/closing fuel door, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Even sportier styling, adaptive LED headlights, heated side mirrors, LED taillights, a panoramic moonroof, a dual-pipe exhaust system, and larger 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels are available.

Under the hood, there are now three engine options. The LX and EX models use the same base engine from last year, a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, while the sporty SX and SXL Turbo trims feature a 247-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission option for these two engines. The LX trim has an available 178-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder option that is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. This option gets the best EPA-estimated rating of 28/39 mpg city/highway.

The Optima’s interior borrows heavily from the look and feel of the upscale Cadenza and K900 sedans; the lessons that Kia learned pushing into near luxury territory are starting to pay off in its more mainstream cars as well. Standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, USB port, air conditioning, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Also available are UVO infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, navigation, heated/ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and two additional USB charging ports in the rear.

Standard safety features include antilock brakes, rearview camera, seven airbags, and electronic stability control. An Around View Monitor is available, which displays a top-down view of the Optima using four cameras mounted around the vehicle. Also optional are rear parking sensors, blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, and forward collision warnings with automatic braking.