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2019 Kia Optima SX, The Good, Bad & Ugly

So the 2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo is being met with mixed reviews. Yes, it’s sporty and good on gas, but is it underwhelming overall. Below is an overview of what’s good and what’s not with Kia’s Optima SX.

The 2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo delivered on a mostly positive experience with its sporty feel, impressive level of comfort in the driver’s seat that comes in at a solid value with an impressive rollout of standard and available equipment. This post will include photos of the vehicle as tested, and some from the automaker itself.

The SX is the top trim of the Kia Optima, and it represents a powerful, sporty and fun option for someone looking for a versatile daily driver. With the Optima SX coming in at a decent MSRP, the smooth ride it delivers, a comfortable interior and user-friendly/loaded technology suite, this is one ride that I give two thumbs up.

After a disappointingly cramped week in Toyota’s massive Sequoia, I was pleasantly surprised at the space and comfort behind the steering wheel in Kia’s Optima. I had legroom for days with my 6-foot-6 frame, with more than enough headroom and seat configurations.

I was a big fan of the exterior design on the Optima itself — not even considering the sporty-stylish SX trim — but even more of a fan of the interior design. The attention to detail in the seat design, digital dashboard, even the steering wheel can be felt in every nook and cranny. One of those interior design that feels better suited for a vehicle much further north of the $30,000 MSRP range that comes with this.

Those even looking a car of this size, or from this automaker, will look twice at the fuel economy ratings of 30-27-24 and feel a little disappointed and look elsewhere. While they aren’t the worst, they certainly aren’t the best and that might be enough to keep people from giving the Optima and any of its available trims a chance.

While the ride itself was mostly smooth, and quiet enough on the inside, there were times where it would feel a little jolty and jumpy with stopping and going. Nothing massively negative, but just more times than not a minor head whip when changing speeds on the highway.