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2009 KIA OPTIMA
The refreshed 2009 Kia Optima offers a completely modified exterior, with a more aggressive, dynamic style and is outfitted with a new engine that provides more power and better fuel economy.
For 2009, Optima also is larger than its predecessors, which complements its distinctive new styling and separates itself from other vehicles in the growing midsize segment.
The fog lamps and lower front grille have been enlarged and the headlamps narrowed to create an aggressively sharper look. Wider side garnishes add sportiness while the acute front lines continue toward the back, ending on a distinctly edged trunk lid. To complete the redesigned rear fascia, taillights are narrowed to enhance Optima's sleeker cosmetic appearance.
Also, new for 2009 is the addition of the sporty SX trim. The SX line provides another dimension for Optima buyers looking for a sportier midsize.
Along with a sport-tuned suspension, SX upgrades include: a black-bezeled front grille and headlamps, LED outside-mirror turning signals, fog lights and hyper-silver-finished 17-inch wheels. EX and LX V6 models are equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, and are fitted with Goodyear tires.
For 2009, Optima's four-cylinder output increases to 175 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque. The available 2.7-liter V6 engine output has increased to 190 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.