The Kia Optima - Improved and Affordable

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The 2010 Kia Optima is the benefactor of Kia's constant improvements that allow this vehicle to be classified as one of the most affordable midsize cars around. If affordability is what you're after, then the Optima's sub-par driving performance and it's somewhat bland appearance is a small price to pay. The Optima comes in three trim levels: LX, EX, and SX. Differences between the LX and EX are in standard equipment, while the SX offers better suspension.

Similar to most affordable midsize cars, the Optima comes equipped with either a four-cylinder or a V6 engine. If you're looking for a fun-to-drive sedan, you'll want to look elsewhere. Inside, the cabin is more refined that it would appear, although the designs are not as stylish as its immediate competitors. Still, with the Optima's low prince, warranty, and decent interior it's not a bad choice for new drivers or for those who want to stick with a budget.

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