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

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The 2019 Optima’s nip-and-tuck styling update isn’t what will lure shoppers into showrooms when it hits dealers in late 2018; instead, a bevy of features such as automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and lane-departure warnings add to an already strong safety record. The 2019 Optima is available in LX, S, EX, SX, and SXL trim levels and a choice of three 4-cylinder engines paired to automatic transmissions. New front and rear bumpers and revised wheel designs highlight the changes to a bodystyle that’s beginning to gray around its temples. The current Optima debuted for the 2016 model year.