Fuel economy and engine options of the 2019 Kia Optima

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Optima on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 4:22 pm
2019 Kia Optima white front view

2019 Kia Optima engine options

Want to learn what’s under the hood of the latest Kia Optima? You may be surprised to learn about the impressive engines that the Optima has in store for you. We’ll cover them all as we explore 2019 Kia Optima engine options and fuel economy.

2019 Kia Optima blue back viewHow many engines are available for the Kia Optima in 2019?

In all, the 2019 Kia Optima has three engine options for 2019. The LX and the S both get the same 2.4-liter engine.

On the turbo front, the EX gets its own 1.6-liter turbo engine and the top SX trim gets the most performance with its 2.0-liter turbo engine.

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2019 Kia Optima blue and white front view

Horsepower and performance of the Kia Optima

With the turbo engine options and even the standard 2.4-liter option, the Kia Optima is no slouch when it comes to power or performance. To start with, the 2.4-liter engine delivers 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.

With the turbo engines, you get a lot more torque, which is what you will typically notice most in a street car. The 1.6-liter turbo of the EX gets slightly less power at 178 horsepower but more torque with 195 pound-feet of torque. The SX 2.0-liter turbo is even more impressive with 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

How large is the 2019 Kia Optima fuel tank?

The Kia Optima has a huge fuel tank that can outdo a lot of SUVs and crossovers. As standard equipment on every 2019 Optima trim level you get a massive 18.5-gallon fuel tank that is bound to give you plenty of range.

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Fuel economy of the 2019 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is very fuel efficient at every trim level. We’ll go over the economy values for each engine option below. However, due to slight packaging differences, the LX and the S trims get different fuel economy figures despite having the same engine, so we will still have to break that out. Because we also know how large the fuel tank of the Optima is, we can give you approximate range values for each configuration as well.


25/35/29 mpg
462.5/647.5/536.5 miles


24/33/27 mpg
444/610.5/499.5 miles


27/37/31 mpg
499.5/684.5/573.5 miles


21/30/24 mpg
388.5/555/444 miles

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