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


The controls are simple and intuitive; there’s no odd design here. The steering wheel buttons are laid out in a user-friendly way, with phone controls on one side, and driver’s menu and music dials on the other. Likewise, the controls in the dash are laid out simply; the climate controls are straightforward, with temperature dials and fan-speed buttons. The 245-hp motor answers the call when you step on the gas pedal; there’s not a whole lot of lag, making the Optima seem content to get up and go at any time. For the size and purpose of the car, the power level is perfect. On top of that, this Kia has an incredibly smooth ride. Gliding along without worry, leaping to speed in an instant? Sign me up.