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2009 Kia Optima Trims

EX

Avg. Price: $11,214

The 2009 Kia Optima EX midsize sedan delivers an updated interior with a number of features not found on the entry-level LX trim, including leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with a compass, and a trip computer. The Optima EX also offers a number of options not available on the entry-level LX, including power-adjustable pedals and heated front seats. In addition, Kia offers an optional navigation system, newly available for '09. Other standard features for the '09 Optima EX include steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, keyless entry, and a six-speaker AM/FM audio system with Sirius satellite radio and an MP3 input jack. Owners can upgrade to an Infinity audio system with an in-dash 6-CD changer.

Outside, the '09 Optima EX displays a number of new features, including updated front and rear fascia as well as revised headlights, taillights, and foglights, as well as a chrome front grille, chrome door handles, and power heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. The Optima EX receives a boost in power for '09, thanks to its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which generates 175 hp, an increase of 13 hp over the previous year's four-cylinder. The upgraded engine produces 169 lb-ft of torque and links to a five-speed automatic with Sportmatic tap-up/tap-down manual shifting. Fuel economy for the four-cylinder engine checks in at 22/32 mpg, according to EPA estimates. The '09 Optima EX comes equipped with six airbags, including front-seat-mounted side and full-length side curtain airbags. An optional Electronic Stability Control Package adds antilock brakes, traction control, brake assist, and an electronic stability program. The '09 Optima EX rides on 16-inch alloy wheels.

EX V6

Avg. Price: $12,463

The 2009 Kia Optima EX V6 midsize sedan offers more power and new exterior and interior features for 2009. Although the EX V6's 2.7-liter V6 engine essentially carries over from the previous year, it now comes equipped with variable valve timing and a variable intake system, which boosts power to 190 hp, an increase of 5 hp over the previous year's engine. The V6 develops 184 lb-ft of torque and links to a five-speed gated automatic transmission with the Sportmatic tap-up/tap-down manual shifting feature. The V6 posts fuel economy numbers of 20/28 mpg, according to EPA estimates. While the '09 Optima EX V6 comes equipped with six standard airbags, including front-seat-mounted side and full-length side curtain airbags, owners must upgrade to the optional Electronic Stability Control Package to add such safety- and performance-related features as antilock brakes, traction control, brake assist, and an electronic stability program. The '09 Optima EX rides on 16-inch alloy wheels.

New exterior features for 2009 include updated front and rear fascia and revised headlights, taillights, and foglights. Other standard exterior features for the Optima EX V6 include a chrome front grille, dual exhaust pipes, and power heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. Inside, the Optima EX V6 features a freshened interior with such standard features as leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with a compass, keyless entry, and a trip computer. Optional features include heated front seats, a power sunroof, and power-adjustable pedals. In addition, Kia offers a navigation system as a new optional feature for 2009. A six-speaker AM/FM audio system with Sirius satellite radio and an MP3 input jack comes standard, while an Infinity audio system with an in-dash 6-CD changer is available as an option. The Optima EX V6 rides on 16-inch alloy wheels.

LX

Avg. Price: $10,696

The Kia Optima LX midsize sedan receives a boost in power and a number of upgrades for 2009. Thanks to variable valve timing and a variable intake system, the Optima LX's 2.4-liter four cylinder engine produces 175 hp, a boost of 13 hp over the previous year's four-cylinder. The engine generates 169 lb-ft of torque and links to either a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or an optional five-speed automatic with Sportmatic tap-up/tap-down manual shifting. The EPA estimates fuel economy numbers for the engine at 22/32 mpg. Safety features include six airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system, but to add antilock brakes, traction control, brake assist, and an electronic stability program, owners have to upgrade to the optional Electronic Stability Control Package.

Standard features for the '09 Optima LX's updated interior include cloth seats, full power features, air conditioning, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control buttons, a keyless entry system, and a six-speaker AM/FM audio system with Sirius satellite radio and an MP3 input jack. The rear seat splits 60/40 and folds down to expand the cargo space. Options include Bluetooth wireless technology, a trip computer, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Outside, the '09 Optima LX displays such features as new front and rear fascia, larger foglights, and revised headlights and taillights, as well as a chrome grille, body-color side moldings, and power heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. The '09 Optima LX rides on 16-inch wheels.

SX

Avg. Price: $10,637

New for 2009, the sport-oriented Kia Optima SX trim features a sport-tuned suspension and a number of exterior features designed to distinguish the SX from other Optima trims, including a black-bezeled front grille, blacked-out projection headlights, and silver-finished 17-inch wheels, an upgrade over the 16-inch wheels found on the other Optima trims. Other standard exterior features include front foglights and LED turn signals located on the heated exterior mirrors. For power, the Optima SX comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque. The engine links to a five-speed automatic with Sportmatic, which enables drivers to upshift and downshift by tapping up or down on the shift knob. The EPA estimates fuel economy numbers for the '09 Optima SX at 22/32 mpg. Despite the Optima SX's sporty nature, such safety- and performance-oriented features as antilock brakes, traction control, brake assist, and an electronic stability program must be added as options, as part of the Electronic Stability Control Package.

Inside, the '09 Kia Optima SX includes such standard features as sport cloth and black leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, aluminum interior trim, metal pedals, air conditioning, keyless entry, and a six-speaker AM/FM audio system with Sirius satellite radio and an MP3 input jack. Options include heated front seats, a navigation system, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and an Infinity audio system with an in-dash 6-CD changer. The Supervision instrument gauges feature red-white LED lighting, designed to enhance the visibility of the gauges, according to the automaker. The rear seat splits 60/40 and folds down to expand cargo space. Six standard airbags, including front-seat mounted side and full-length side curtain airbags, also come standard.

SX V6

Avg. Price: $12,231

Powered by a 2.7-liter V6 engine, the 2009 Kia Optima SX V6 delivers both peppy performance and a sporty appearance. A new Optima trim for '09, the SX V6 midsize sedan comes equipped with such sport-oriented exterior features as a black-bezeled front grille, blacked-out projection headlights, and silver-finished 17-inch wheels, which distinguish it from its Optima stablemates. Other standard exterior features include dual exhaust pipes, front foglights, and power heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. Its V6 engine generates 190 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, and links to a five-speed gated automatic transmission with the Sportmatic feature, which enables drivers to upshift and downshift by tapping on the shift knob. The V6 posts fuel economy numbers of 20/28 mpg, according to EPA estimates. An optional Electronic Stability Control Package adds such safety- and performance-related features as antilock brakes, traction control, brake assist, and an electronic stability program.

Inside, the sporty theme continues, thanks to such features as aluminum interior trim, metal pedals, sport cloth and black leather seating, and instrument gauges with red-white LED lighting, which help to enhance the visibility of the gauges, according to the automaker. Other standard interior features include an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, keyless entry, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, and a six-speaker AM/FM audio system with Sirius satellite radio and an MP3 input jack. Optional features include heated front seats, a navigation system, a power sunroof with tilt, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and an Infinity audio system with an in-dash 6-CD changer. Six standard airbags, including front-seat-mounted side and full-length side curtain airbags, also come standard.