What engines are available for the 2020 Optima?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Optima on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at 8:16 pm
2020 Kia Optima white front side view

Engine options for the 2020 Kia Optima

Nowadays, when people want a sedan, they want something sporty and with a little bit of attitude. The Kia Optima has always been right there following along with trends, and that is no different for the 2020 model year. See what we mean as we take a look at all the engine options for the 2020 Kia Optima.

2020 Kia Optima white front view at speedHow many engine options does the 2020 Kia Optima have?

The 2020 Kia Optima has three available engine options that you can choose from. These three engine options include a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder option, a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo option, and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo option.

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In all, there are four trim levels available for the 2020 Optima. The lineup starts with the LX and goes up from there with the S, EX, EX Premium, and the top SX. Knowing this, it’s likely not hard to determine which trims get which engines.

The LX and the S both get the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated option. If you want a turbo, then the EX, EX Premium, and SX will all provide. However, only the SX gets the 2.0-liter turbo. Learn just how much power each engine produces below.

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These engines are all powerful, and you should be proud to have any one of them under the hood of your car. The non-turbo is actually in the middle of the pack in terms of horsepower with 185 horsepower, but it produces the lowest torque at 178 pound-feet of torque.

The 1.6-liter turbo is a little less powerful than the entry-level engine option at 178 horsepower, but it produces 195 pound-feet of torque. Leading the pack is the 2.0-liter turbo with 245 horsepower and an astounding 260 pound-feet of torque.

For many, the 1.6-liter turbo may be the sweet spot. It still produces a lot of horsepower and has plenty of torque to play with, but it also has the best efficiency of any of the engine options. It gets 27-city mpg and 37-highway mpg.


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