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


Kia Optima SX—The Pros: The Kia Optima SX is a good-looking sedan. The LED running lights, the sporty body kit with the aggressive front splitter and the rear spoiler, the lines of the body, and the red brake calipers peeking out from behind the black-and-chrome rims add up to a car that’s pretty dang nice to look at. The grill mirrors that of the sporty, more luxurious Stinger and the top-of-the-line K900—but to be honest, I think the Optima is better looking.  The gorgeous panoramic sunroof stretching from the driver’s seat to the rear bench lets in tons of sunlight. There’s a ton of driver safety technology in this Optima. Blind spot warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and front and rear parking cameras all make this Kia feel more expensive than it actually is. Who says a Kia can’t have luxurious touches?