in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,398 - $11,473
Original MSRP: $17,995 - $22,795
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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2010 Kia Optima Interior

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Reviewers say that the interior of the Kia Optima is more refined than its price would lead you to believe. Its design is not as stylish and upscale as what you’ll find in competitors like the Ford Fusion or Chevrolet Malibu, but excellent build quality and supreme quiet consistently surprise test drivers. Some reviewers aren’t impressed with the comfort of the vehicle’s seats, but others have few complaints.

  • "Interior finish beats a Camry." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Optima generally feels like a generation older than the Sonata -- it's less sophisticated, despite Kia's leather and automatic climate control." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Optima's quiet new interior is more upscale and will accommodate four tall adults, or five in a pinch." -- MSN


Reviewers are divided on the comfort of the Optima’s seats. Some find them comfortable, while others say they aren’t up to long highway trips. Drivers should find it easy to find a comfortable position in the Optima. An eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat is standard on all but the base LX model. 

  • "Posteriors in front sink into buckets with a cushy top layer akin to a pillow-top mattress. Side support is wanting, but few complaints were noted during long freeway slogs." -- Car and Driver
  • "Front seat passengers will be especially grateful for the...43.7 inches of legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The backrests of the outboard seats are angled for comfort and there's enough legroom for adults. A little more headroom wouldn't hurt, but it's adequate. The center position's upright backrest, lack of headroom, and hard cushion and seatback won't win over passengers." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

For one of the least expensive cars in the affordable midsize car class, the Kia Optima comes well-equipped. It includes standard satellite radio, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and keyless entry. More advanced features, such as a navigation system and Bluetooth capability, are available as options -- allowing buyers to equip the Optima well for a reasonable price. Few reviewers, however, have tested the Optima with its full complement of available technology.

  • The standard stereo is "fairly exceptional, especially when you consider the Optima's price. Bass is deep and adds to the overall rich, full quality of the sound, and the highs and mids are also clear. Separation is good but not excellent but the system is not prone to distortion even at high volume." -- Edmunds
  • "Stuffed with people, the Kia proved spacious and well planned." -- Car and Driver


The Kia Optima features a 14.8 cubic-foot trunk, in a class where the average now stands close to 16 cubic feet. Those in need of more space might find a lower trim level Mazda6 or Ford Fusion affordable and roomier options. The rear seats do fold in a 60/40 split in order to expand the space. Reviewers say interior storage is just adequate.

  • The trunk has a "low, wide opening and a lid that rises easily on gas struts." -- MSN

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