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2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$27,480
2018 Kia Forte5
EX FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$22,391
1 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
Kyree Williams Preview:

The Kia Optima competes with other midsize family-sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat. It receives a few changes for 2020. You’ll find one of three power...

2018 Kia Forte5
EX FWD
William Maley Preview:

The Kia Forte5 is an affordable, well-equipped hatchback. After a comprehensive refresh last year that updated styling and mechanicals, Kia makes few changes to the 2018 model. With i...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
No User Reviews
2018 Kia Forte5
EX FWD
10
writes:
Similar to the Elantra GT Sport and sharing the same drive train, the Kia Forte5 SX does not have an independe...

Specs

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
2018 Kia Forte5
EX FWD
Powertrain 7-Speed Dual Clutch 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
27 MPG
25 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
37 MPG
34 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 18.5 gal 13.2 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
178 hp @ 5,500 RPM
164 hp @ 6,200 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
151 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
11.5:1
Displacement
1,600 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.03 in x 3.35 in
3.19 in x 3.82 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Driver 5 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 4 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 45.5 in 42.2 in
Back Legroom 35.6 in 35.9 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15.9 cu ft 23.2 cu ft
Exterior
Length 191.1 in 171.3 in
Width 73.2 in 70.1 in
Height 57.7 in 57.1 in
Wheelbase 110.4 in 106.3 in

Available Options

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Ebony Black
  • Gravity Grey
  • Horizon Blue
  • Sangria
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Sparkling Silver
2018 Kia Forte5
EX FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Aurora Black
  • Gravity Blue
  • Snow White Pearl

Option Packages

  • EX Premium Tech Package

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