When we brought you the first images of the new 2011 Kia Optima from the New York Auto Show, it was clear that this sister car to the 2011 Hyundai Sonata was different--in a good way. For Kia especially, the new Optima is an impressive and attractive vehicle set to help move the brand up the ranks just as the Genesis Sedan and Coupe and the new 2011 Equus have done for Hyundai. Now the online configuration tool is live, and it includes estimated pricing.
The 2011 Optima won't be on sale here in the U.S. until sometime in the fall, but if you've had your eye on it since April, you can get a closer look at what you might actually drive off the lot.
Like the Sonata, the Optima is available with a choice of either a 200-horsepower 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder or a 274-horsepower direct-injection turbocharged four. The turbo engine is only available as a upgrade in EX trim, and can only be paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The base LX model can pair the 2.4-liter engine with either a manual or automatic gearbox, and the SX gets no choices: it's the turbo engine and a six-speed auto or nothing.
Estimated base pricing ranges from $19,495 for the manual LX to $26,995 for the turbocharged SX. The EX splits the difference at $22,995 for the standard 2.4-liter engine or $25,095 for the turbo model. The prices can rise a bit when you start adding options, however, so you'll want to build your Optima up yourself to see what it will cost in your particular flavor.