Spacious sedans are continually losing market share to crossovers, but family-friendly four-doors such as the 2017 Kia Optima prove the segment still has plenty of life. The list of improvements to the 2017 version is mild in light of the full redesign it received last year, but the Optima line continues to grow with several new packages that allow shoppers to mix and match to find the right car. Add that to the Optima’s existing strengths — a compelling value proposition, roomy seating and a big trunk — and you’ve got a sedan that can stand toe to toe with all-stars such as the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion.
Like its sister car, the Hyundai Sonata, the Optima scores high marks in the value category without feeling cheap inside. And with the top-trim SXL, you won’t find a more deluxe cabin without upgrading to a true luxury sedan. There are shortcomings, to be sure. Tall rear passengers will brush their heads on the sloped roof and buyers looking for excitement should look elsewhere. But we think these are relatively minor knocks that shouldn’t deter you from considering the 2017 Kia Optima for your next sedan.
- More features for the money than most rivals provide
- Fairly customizable, with several features packages available per trim
- Plenty of small-item and cargo storage
- Infotainment system is easy to use
- Optional 1.6T powertrain’s sleepy responsiveness can get annoying
- Sloping roofline cuts into rear headroom
- Hard to see out the back without a camera