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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2010 Kia Optima Review

The 2010 Kia Optima offers a roomy interior and good safety ratings, but reviewers agreed that it lacks the character and style that many of its competitors offer.

Pros & Cons

  • Good safety scores
  • Large, well-built cabin
  • Underwhelming performance
  • Uninspired styling

2010 Kia Optima Overview

The 2010 Kia Optima’s bland looks and performance won’t knock your socks off, but it’s a solid used car and is one of the least expensive in the segment. There’s plenty of space inside, and parents will probably appreciate the Optima’s high safety scores. When the Optima was new, test drivers liked its big trunk, well-built interior and comfortable ride.

Reviewers agreed, however, that the Optima doesn’t really stand out from its rivals. When it was new, they said there were many other competitors that offered more sophistication and driver engagement than the 2010 Optima. Test drivers disliked the Optima’s loose steering and inadequate brakes.

The 2010 Kia Optima has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. A five-speed manual is standard and a five-speed automatic is available. The 2010 Optima gets up to 22/32 mpg city/highway with the base four-cylinder engine. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control are all standard on the 2010 Optima. Inside, the base Optima comes with power windows and door locks and a stereo with satellite radio and a USB port. Upper trims offer features that include leather seats, Bluetooth, an upgraded stereo and a sunroof.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Hyundai Sonata and 2010 Kia Optima are bland-looking cars, but reviewers agreed that their cabins are spacious and well-built. If you’re looking for a no-frills, used midsize car with a soft, comfortable ride, it makes sense to test drive both the 2010 Optima and Sonata since they’re so similar.

Available in sedan and coupe body styles, and a wide array of powertrain configurations, the 2010 Honda Accord is another good 2010 midsize car to consider. Like the Optima, the Accord sedan has plenty of cabin space, but reviewers thought its interior was more upscale. Test drivers liked the Accord’s well-rounded performance.

Compare the Optima to the Sonata and Accord »

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