Kia Optima 2019 first drive review: A solid choice with great value

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Ever since its debut as a 2013 model, the Kia Optima has been among the company’s best sellers. With good reason. The Georgia-built Optima is an impressive midsize sedan, to many a better-looking car than its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Sonata. What’s more, the 2019 Kia Optima – on sale in late June and priced similarly to the current model – represents a strong value proposition, backed by laudable quality ratings and Kia’s superb 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. To help spur (or at least maintain) sales in a world infatuated with crossovers and SUVs, Kia has given the 2019 Optima sedan a midcycle refresh. Although the styling tweaks (revised front and rear fascias) are minor, the nose now hints at the Kia Stinger sport sedan’s.