2020 Kia Optima vs 2019 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is one of the most popular sedans on the market today. Packed with unparalleled comfort, the Kia Optima provides drivers with a luxurious ride without breaking the bank. When trying to decide between the 2019 Kia Optima or the 2020 Kia Optima, there are a few differences you should consider. Although there are a number of similarities between the 2020 Optima and the 2019 Optima, the differences are going to be the deciding factor when you decide which model year is right for you. 

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Below you will find an overview of the most notable features of the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2020 Kia Optima so you can get a better idea of which model year is the perfect fit for you. 


Kia Optima Performance Specs

Both the 2019 and 2020 Optima come with a good handful of available engine options depending on the trim level. The base Optima models comes with a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine giving a hefty 185 horsepower at 6,000 RPM’s. Up next, and available for both the 2019 and 2020 models, the 1.6 liter Turbo I-4 turbocharged engine building up horsepower to 178 running at 5,500 RPM’s makes for a high energy return and quick acceleration. The 2.0 liter Turbo I-4 is the top of the line when it comes to Kia Optima engine options. Bringing you 245 horsepower at 6,000 RPM’s, the Optima’s most powerful engine takes the throne. Lastly, the Hybrid power train brings you an Optima equipped with an electric battery powered motor bringing the highest fuel economy of all  Optima power train options achieving over 40 miles per gallon. Both the 2019 and 2020 Optima models, non-hybrid, provide a fuel economy of 27 miles in city and 37 miles on highway. 

*NOTE: The Hybrid Optima models come with state of the art technology and designing giving you the same feel as you would in the base Optima models (non-hybrid). Come get a test drive today and see if you can tell the difference! 


Kia Optima Exterior and Interior Options

When compared to the 2019 Optima, Kia upgrades the infotainment system standard from 7 inches for the 2019 models to 8 inches as the standard the 2020 Optima. 2019 and 2020 Optima’s come with available upgrades to the power seat, available Harman/Kardon audio system, manual climate control, ambient lighting, wireless charging, and available built-in navigation. Both models provide an array of material options for the interior seating and the general exterior design and paint options have been mostly carried over from the 2019 Optima models. The cargo space is very generous, however you will have to sacrifice some of that cargo space if you chose to get a hybrid model.   


Kia Optima Safety Features 

Carried over from the 2019 Optima, the 2020 Optima non-hybrid models come with standard forward-collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, driver-attention monitor, automated braking, and 2020 exclusive pedestrian detection which is standard for every 2020 Kia Optima. Both the Optima Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid come standard with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, driver assist, and other safety and non-safety related standard features (this also includes the pedestrian detection for all 2020 Hybrid models). Many of the driver-assist features are more common in the 2020 Optima at all trim levels. Most of these features are available in both the 2019 and 2020 Optima, but not necessarily standard in the 2019 Optima.      


Is The 2020 Kia Optima Better Than The 2019 Kia Optima? 

Comparatively speaking, the price difference is practically nothing when taking into account the advancements and handful of additional standard features that come in the 2020 KIA Optima models. Also considering the plethora of driver-assistance features for the 2020 models, and an official rating for Top Safety Pick vehicles, the 2020 KIA Optima offers more bang for your buck and also offers a safer ride. 

If you are interested in either the 2019 Kia Optima or the 2020 Kia Optima, come visit Carolina Kia in High Point, NC. We have a wide variety of Kia Optima models to explore so you can see the differences between the two model years for yourself! If you have any questions, give us a call at (866) 824-7081 and one of our friendly team members will be happy to assist you!