2020 Kia Optima Trim Level Comparison and Explanation
Here it is – the 2020 Kia Optima trim level breakdown. Kia has recently done some rework on the trim level hierarchy for the 5th generation of Optima’s. For the 2020 Kia Optima it may be a bit daunting deciphering what trim is what, which features are standard and ultimately which fits your needs the best. No fear… Kia of Valencia specialists have done the legwork for you!
|Engine||185hp/178tq 2.4L||185hp/178tq 2.4L||178hp/195tq Turbo 1.6L||178hp/195tq Turbo 1.6L||245hp/260tq Turbo 2.0L|
|Transmission||6-speed Automatic||6-speed Automatic||7-speed Dual-Clutch Automated Manual||7-speed Dual-Clutch Automated Manual||6-speed Automatic|
|Wheels||16” Alloy||18” Machine Face Alloy||17” Polished Alloy||17” Polished Alloy||18” Gloss Black/Polished Multi-Spoke Alloy|
|Interior||Black Cloth. Brown Cloth Optional.||Black Leatherette/Cloth||Black Leather. Gray Leather Optional.||Black Leather. Gray Leather Optional.||Black Leather. Red Leather Optional.|
|Power Front Seats||Manual||Power Drivers Seat||Power Drivers Seat||Power Driver and Passenger Seats||Power Driver and Passenger Seats|
|Heated/Cooled Front Seats||No||No||Heated Front Seats||Heated/Cooled Front Seats||Heated/Cooled Front Sports Seats|
Heated Steering Wheel
|No. Audio/Cruise Controls.||No. Leather Steering Wheel w/ Audio/Cruise Controls.||No. Leather Steering Wheel w/ Audio/Cruise Controls.||Heated Leather Steering Wheel w/ Audio/Cruise Controls||Heated Leather Steering Wheel w/ Transmission/Audio/Cruise Controls|
|8-inch Touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||8-inch Touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||8-inch Touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||8-inch Touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||8-inch Touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay/Android Auto|
|Audio System||6 Speaker||6 Speaker||6 Speaker||Harmon/Kardon 10 Speaker w/ Subwoofer||Harmon/Kardon 10 Speaker w/ Subwoofer|
|Climate Control||Manual (No Rear A/C Ducts)||Manual (No Rear A/C Ducts)||Dual-Zone w/ Rear A/C Ducts||Dual-Zone w/ Rear A/C Ducts||Dual-Zone w/ Rear A/C Ducts|
|Safety Package||Kia Drive Wise||Kia Drive Wise||Kia Drive Wise / Smart Cruise Control||Kia Drive Wise / Smart Cruise Control||Kia Drive Wise / Smart Cruise Control|
|Misc. (add features from lower trims)||Base Model||LX + Hands Free Entry, One-Touch Front Windows, Fog Lights||LX + S + Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror, Wireless Phone Charging||LX + S + EX||LX + S + EX + LED Adaptive and Self-Leveling Headlights|
The 2020 Kia Optima LX is the base model. However, it’s not your average base model, Kia has jam-packed Optima’s with some pretty savvy tech like the Kia Drive Wise Safety Suite (Much like competitors Nissan Safety Shield 360, etc), 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. These features typically are found in mid-level trims and up, but Kia has made them standard on the Optima’s, providing an incredible value at only $23,390 Starting MSRP!
The 2020 Kia Optima S can be described as the sporty version of the base model with 18″ Machine Face Polished Wheels and Fog Lights. You get upgraded features like Power Driver’s Seat, Leatherette/Cloth Interior, a Leather Steering Wheel, Hands Free Entry and One-Touch Front Windows. A Panoramic Sunroof is optional only on this trim. Note that this trim keep the same naturally aspirated 185hp 2.4L inline 4-cylinder and has just 2mpg combined less because of features like larger wheels, etc. Watch this review if you’re interested in the 2020 KIA Optima S.
2020 Kia Optima EX provides the best value dollar for dollar out of the 2020 Optima lineup. The EX remains in the sub $30,000 range with features comparable to those well into the $30,000 range. The 2020 Kia Optima EX powertrain is altered to a 178hp 1.6L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder mated to a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automated Manual which equates to a 2mpg compared to the LX – 31mpg combined. Stepping up to the EX trim level adds features like 17″ Polished Alloy Wheels, Leather Interior with Heated Front Seats, Dual-Zone Auto Climate Control with Rear A/C Ducts (lower trim levels do not have rear air ducts), Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror, Wireless Phone Charging and KIA’s Smart Cruise Control (Adaptive Cruise Control). Click here to compare trim levels side-by-side.
The 2020 Kia Optima EX Premium is a half step between the EX and the top of the line trim SX. The EX Premium was previously an option package which has now been made a trim level. Need some of those teeming features but don’t want to have to step up to the sporty top of the line trim? The EX Premium is for you, furnished with lavish luxury features like Heated Steering Wheel, Cooled Front Seats, added Power Passenger Seat, Harmon/Kardon 10 Speaker Audio System w/ Subwoofer and a standard Panoramic Sunroof (+ features of EX trim). Consider the EX Premium the top of the line trim level if you aren’t interested in a premium, luxury version (and even more motorsport orientated) of the sporty Optima S. Find even more detailed information while comparing trims here.
The 2020 Kia Optima SX is comparable to if the EX Premium and S trims had a baby – sporty and loaded with premium features like Heated/Cooled Leather Sport Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Panoramic Sunroof, Harmon/Kardon Sound System and Power Front Seats. The SX adds even more features than the EX Premium such as 18″ Multi-Spoke Polished/Gloss Black Wheels, Sport Seats w/ more aggressive bolsters, Optional Red Leather Interior and Adaptive/Self-Leveling LED Headlights. The powertrain is upgraded to the 245hp/260tq 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed Automatic Transmission so you can anticipate quite a bit more get up and go than the Optima S with 60hp/82tq more than the naturally aspirated 2.4L. If you want loads of features and performance capability all in one package, the 2020 Kia Optima SX is for you. Read more about the Kia Optima SX here.
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