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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LX Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $14,370 $15,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 22 30 $15,220 $16,420
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX V6 20 27 $16,310 $17,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 22 30 $16,630 $18,095
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 20 27 $17,755 $19,495
4-Door Sedan LX Standard FFV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LX Standard 20 28 $18,198 $19,630
4-Door Sedan FFV LX Standard 19 27 $18,198 $19,630
4-Door Sedan SE Standard 20 28 $18,475 $20,155
4-Door Sedan FFV SE Standard 19 27 $18,475 $20,155
4-Door Sedan SES Standard 20 28 $19,667 $21,480
4-Door Sedan FFV SES Standard 19 27 $19,667 $21,480
4-Door Sedan SES Deluxe 20 27 $20,657 $22,580
4-Door Sedan SEL Deluxe 20 27 $21,377 $23,380
4-Door Sedan SEL Premium 20 27 $21,891 $23,950
4-Door Wagon SE Standard 19 26 $19,959 $21,805
4-Door Wagon FFV SE Standard 19 26 $19,959 $21,805
4-Door Wagon SE Premium 19 26 $21,251 $23,240
4-Door Wagon SEL Deluxe 19 26 $21,602 $23,630
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,370
$18,198
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,500
$19,630
Monthly Payment Estimate
$258 / month
$327 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5 6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 56.6
Front Leg Room (in) 43.3 42.2
Front Hip Room (in) 55.8 54.5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 38.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.0 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 86.4 104.7
Second Hip Room (in) 54.4 55.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 57.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 38.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 55.5 56.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.8 62.1
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 108.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 26.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 73.0
Track Width, Front (in) 60.6 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.1 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 185.8 197.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.6 17.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 8.9 x 1.5
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.2 18.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1 39.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.76 2.68
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 17.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size NA T135/70D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60HR15 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60HR15 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 125
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1250
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3281 3336
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 16 x 6
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 16 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 16 x 4
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.7 11.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 147 @ 3000 185 @ 3950
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.4L/144 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 5500 155 @ 4900
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas/Ethanol V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.88 3.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.94 0.69
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.46 2.77
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.30 1.00
Trans Type 5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.46 2.26
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.95 1.54
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Kia Optima Ford Taurus
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Quadralink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - .73
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - .81
 
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