A carryover from 2009, the 2010 Kia Optima is a five-passenger mid-size sedan available in three trim levels: the LX, EX, and SX. The base trim is powered by a 2.4L 175 hp four-cylinder engine, while the EX and SX trims are both fitted with the four-cylinder or an optional 190 hp 2.7L V6 engine. The four-cylinder can be linked to either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic while the V6 is only available with an automatic transmission. The Optima is rated at 32 mpg on the highway.Read more Read less
Not much is new for the Optima in 2010. The exterior sees a minor facelift, and keyless entry and ignition is now standard on the SX.
Good handling; roomy interior with lots of trunk space; great fuel economy
With a starting price well below $20,000, the 4-cylinder engine's 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway is like icing on the value cake. The V6 engine costs a bit more and has a bit more in the way of performance, but for the money, the 4-cylinder delivers on all fronts. Not to mention that 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.