How much is a used Kia Optima?

So, we promised our son we’d buy him a car once he got his driver’s license if he kept his grades up. He did, and has asked for…a brand-new Hyundai Veloster. We flat-out refused and countered with a quality used car. He was miffed, but decided that driving a “jalopy” (his word) was better than enduring the humiliation of walking to school. Tell me—how much is a used Kia Optima?

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Answer provided by
Jason Tushinski
Answered on Apr 27, 2022
Kudos to sticking to your guns and steering your newly-licensed child away from the very quick Veloster, and towards a quality used Kia Optima, which costs about $16,032 on average. That said, the price will vary depending on the model year, mileage on the Optima, and its condition as well.
While it may not have the panache of a coupe, the Optima is a very good car with excellent safety ratings. Here’s just some of what your son will get with a used Kia Optima hovering around the average price of $16,032:
2016 Kia Optima
  • This spritely sedan features a 2.4 L 4 cylinder engine 185 horsepower, so he’ll be able to get to the 7-11 quick (but not Coupe-quick).
  • The Optima comfortably seats 5 and features a cozy beige cloth interior.
  • It gets great gas mileage, especially on the highway with 35 miles per gallon.
  • Features remote keyless entry, seat memory, and steering wheel controls..
  • It comes standard with handsfree/Bluetooth integration.
  • Boasts a slew of safety features, including a blindspot monitor, rearview camera, stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and more.
  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration gives the 2016 Optima 5/5 for safety.
So we’re certain your son will love his used Optima, and if he doesn’t? Just tell him to work a few extra shifts at White Castle and he’ll be sure to land the car of his dreams in a few years. Maybe.
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