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2020 Kia Optima EX FWD
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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
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2020 Kia Forte
EX FWD
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Last year marked the debut of the third-generation Kia Forte, which offered enhanced levels of visual and mechanical refinement. For 2020, Kia introduces a set of performance trims. I...

Specs

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
2020 Kia Forte
EX FWD
Powertrain 7-Speed Dual Clutch Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
27 MPG
29 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
37 MPG
40 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 18.5 gal 14 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
178 hp @ 5,500 RPM
147 hp @ 6,200 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
132 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
12.5:1
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 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 3 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 45.5 in 42.2 in
Back Legroom 35.6 in 35.7 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15.9 cu ft 15.3 cu ft
Exterior
Length 191.1 in 182.7 in
Width 73.2 in 70.9 in
Height 57.7 in 56.5 in
Wheelbase 110.4 in 106.3 in

Available Options

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
2020 Kia Forte
EX FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Aurora Black
  • Currant Red
  • Deep Sea Blue
  • Gravity Grey
  • Silky Silver
  • Snow White Pearl

Option Packages

  • Ex Special Edition

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