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2019 Kia Optima engine options and performance

There is no doubting that the Kia Optima is one of the most popular models in the Kia lineup and in its entire class. The Optima is a great family sedan that looks, feels, and drives as good as anything like it. For now, we want to focus on what’s under its hood and its performance. Keep reading to learn more.  

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What engine does the 2019 Kia Optima have? aerial view of red kia optima by beach

The answer to that question is entirely dependent on the trim level. There are four trims to choose from, each with its own features designed for drivers with different needs. The base (LX) and S trims come with a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder (I-4) engine. This option allows drivers to average up to 33 highway mpg, 24 city mpg, and 27 combined mpg. The EX comes with a smaller but more efficient engine. This model sports a 1.6-liter I-4 engine powered by 178 horses. Drivers of the EX can average up to 37 highway mpg, 27 city mpg, and 31 combined mpg. Those who want to get the most power out of their ride will want to go with the top-of-the-line SX Turbo. This model comes with a 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and averages up to 30 highway mpg, 21 city mpg, and 24 combined mpg. 

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No matter what kind of drive you want, the Kia Optima has an engine for you. Whether you want something practical and efficient or powerful and potent, you ought to love the Kia Optima. Come to Family Kia of St. Augustine to learn more about this ever-popular sedan! 

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