What is the difference between the 2019 Kia Optima Trims?

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Kia Optima Available in St. Louis, MO

The 2019 Kia Optima is the mid-sized sedan you need to take your daily driving experience to the next level. With four premium trim levels to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect 2019 Optima for your lifestyle. The experts at Paul Cerame Kia of St. Louis, MO have done all the research for you and have compiled the following trim level comparison article to help you discover which Optima model is best suited for your needs.

Be sure to browse through our new Optima inventory to view all available models at our dealership. Should you have any questions, call (877) 239-0204 to speak with a product specialist.

Standard Features

Regardless of trim level, the 2019 Kia Optima comes standardly equipped with several advanced features you and passengers are sure to appreciate. These include:

  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear camera display
  • Parking Distance Warning- Reverse
  • UVO play with 8-in. touchscreen display
  • Android Auto ™ / Apple CarPlay™ integration


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LX vs. S

The first two trim levels in the 2019 Kia Optima lineup are the LX and S models. Both models are powered by the same 2.4L I4 engine, which can produce up to 185 HP. See the table below for pricing information and key features.

Trim Level and Pricing

Key Features


Starting at $22,900 MSRP

*See standard features above


Starting at $24,900 MSRP

Includes most LX features, plus:

  • 18-in. alloy wheels, machine finish
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with sport black cloth and leatherette bolsters
  • Projection fog lights, LED daytime running lights, LED rear combination lamps
  • Smart Key with Push-Button Start

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EX vs. SX

The 2019 Optima EX is powered by a 1.6L Turbocharged I4 engine, producing up to 178 HP. The 2019 Optima SX model is powered by a 2.0L Turbocharged I4 engine, which produces an impressive 245 HP. View details below.

Trim Level and Pricing

Key Features


Starting at $26,800 MSRP

Includes most S features, plus:

  • Leather seat trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Power front windows with One-Touch Auto-Up/Down
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and electronic parking brake


Starting at $31,900 MSRP

Includes most EX features, plus:

  • LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL)
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • LED interior lighting
  • Power-adjustable driver and front passenger’s seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ Premium Sound System

What are the differences of the 2018 Kia Optima Trims?

Are you interested in the 2018 Kia Optima, but still need more information regarding the different trim levels of this sedan? You’ve come to the right place! The experts at Paul Cerame Kia of St. Louis, MO have put together this detailed trim comparison page to provide you with all the information you need to choose the 2018 Kia Optima sedan that perfectly compliments your lifestyle. The 2018 Kia Optima is available in five unique trim levels: LX vs. S vs. LX 1.6T vs. EX vs. SX.

View all the available 2018 Optima models in our new inventory, and be sure to check out our special offers for impressive saving opportunities! If you have any questions, contact the Paul Cerame Kia team at (877) 239-0204.


People often have several questions when it comes to pricing. You may be wondering, “how does the LX compare to the SX?” Overall, the 2018 Kia Optima is a very affordable sedan. View specific trim prices below:

2018 Optima Trim Level

Starting MSRP





LX 1.6T







Engine Options

The 2018 Kia Optima has three available engine options, each equipped with their own unique performance specs. For drivers on the hunt for thrilling power, the Optima SX contains a 2.0L Turbo I4 engine that is sure to satisfy. Check out the table below for engine details and trim availability.


1.6L Turbo I4

2.4L I4

2.0L Turbo I4


178 HP

185 HP

245 HP


195 lb.-ft.

178 lb.-ft.

260 lb.-ft.

Trim Availability

LX 1.6T



The black interior seating and steering wheel of the new Kia Optima

Interior Comfort & Technology

Each 2018 Optima model is designed with maximum comfort in mind, and is filled with the latest tech features to take your daily drive to the next level.


Key Features


  • UVO Infotainment System with 7-in. touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
  • Cloth seat trim w/CleanTex
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support
  • Soft-touch materials

LX Turbo

Includes LX features, plus:

  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel


Includes LX Turbo features, plus:

  • Sport black cloth seat trim with leatherette side bolsters
  • Leather-wrapped gearshift knob


Includes LX Turbo features, plus:

  • Push-button start w/Smart Key & Smart Trunk Release
  • USB (2) & 12V (1) charging ports on center console
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control w/rear vents
  • Driver & front passenger’s one-touch auto-up/down windows
  • Front-door mood lamps
  • Driver’s memory seat & mirror system
  • Leather seat trim
  • Heated front seats
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat w/power lumbar support (4-way)
  • Wood grain accent trim


Includes EX features, plus:

  • Heated & ventilated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat w/power lumbar support (2-way)
  • Leather-wrapped, D-shaped steering wheel w/perforated stitching
  • Black gloss accent trim

The air bag locations in a white Kia Optima

Safety Features

Regardless of which Kia Optima trim level you select, you will have peace of mind knowing that you and your passengers are safe and protected. There are a number of advanced safety features that come standardly equipped on every Optima trim level. These include:

  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags
  • Dual Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags
  • Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags
  • Driver’s Side Knee Airbags
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Internal Emergency Trunk Release


Available Packages

If you’re a driver who truly wants as many premium features as possible, consider upgrading your Kia Optima sedan with one of our available packages:


Trim Availability

Convenience Package

LX (Available with 2.4L engine only)

Technology Package


Panoramic Sunroof Package


Premium Package


Limited Package


Lease a 2019 Kia Optima!

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Schedule a Test Drive Today!

Can you see yourself cruising down the highway in a sporty 2019 Kia Optima sedan? Choose your favorite trim level and then schedule a test drive appointment at our Kia dealership in St. Louis, MO to experience it on the road! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us online or give our team a call at (877) 239-0204.

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