2020 Kia Optima Trim Levels: LX vs. S vs. EX vs. SX

Up the ante when you drive the 2020 Kia Optima! This sporty sedan offers heart-pounding performance and style to match, but which trim is right for you? The product specialists at Southlake Kia in Merrillville, IN, created this Optima trim comparison to help you decide.

If you have any questions about the 2020 Kia Optima trims, contact the Southlake Kia team by calling (219) 947-1500 or fill out our contact form.

LX vs. S

The 2020 Kia Optima lineup begins with the Optima LX, starting at $23,190 MSRP, and Optima S, starting at $24,690 MSRP. Both of these reliable sedans sport expressive physiques, comfortable interiors, and power to boot. Explore the impressive features and specifications of each model below to find the Optima that fits your lifestyle.

2020 Kia Optima LX in blue

Optima LX

$23,190 MSRP

2020 Kia Optima S in red

Optima S

$24,690 MSRP

Power & Handling

Slide behind the wheel of the Kia Optima! This incredibly responsive sedan is more agile than ever, boasting increased handling and a six-speed automatic transmission. All Optima trims also include a Sportmatic® Sports Shifter so your drive can match your mood. View performance specifications of the 2020 Optima LX and S models below.

Engine 2.4L DOHC I4
Horsepower 185 HP
Torque 178 lb.-ft.
MPG (city/hwy) 25/35

Safety Features

Protect what matters most with the 2020 Kia Optima. From an advanced airbag system to a comprehensive host of safety considerations, the Optima gives you peace of mind on the road. Optima trims include the following safety features:

  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Driver attention warning
  • Forward collision warning with avoidance assist and pedestrian detection
  • Hill start assist
  • Lane change assist, departure warning, and keep assist
  • Rear camera display
  • Rear cross traffic collision warning
  • Reverse park distance warning
2020 Kia Optima in while parked from passanger side showing safety features


The Kia Optima LX and S trims offer complete connectivity for everyone, from voice-activated technology to premium infotainment. Discover how the high-tech features on the 2020 Kia Optima LX and S compare below.

Kia Model

Technology Features

Optima LX

  • 8-in. touchscreen display
  • Android Auto™ & Apple CarPlay®
  • Bluetooth® technology
  • Drive mode select
  • Dual front console 12V power outlets
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • USB/auxiliary jack

Optima S

All LX features, plus:

  • Smart key w/ push-button start
  • Smart Trunk™
  • Smart welcome

EX vs. EX Premium vs. SX

Topping the 2020 Kia Optima lineup are the Optima EX, starting at $26,990 MSRP, Optima EX Premium, starting at $29,990 MSRP, and Optima SX, starting at $31,990 MSRP. Each of these sedans offers additional premium inner comforts and innovative technology to simplify your daily commute. Learn more about these amenities below to find the Optima trim for you!

2020 Kia Optima EX in Silver

Optima EX

$26,990 MSRP

2020Kia Optima EX Premium in black

Optima EX Premium

$29,990 MSRP

2020Kia Optima SX in white

Optima SX

$31,990 MSRP

Engine Options

The 2020 Kia Optima EX, EX Premium, and SX provide a track-inspired aerodynamic exterior and exciting engine upgrades for a thrilling driving experience. The Optima EX and EX Premium trims are readily equipped with a 1.6L turbo I4 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the Optima SX comes with a 2.0L turbo I4. The 2.0L turbo engine also includes a six-speed automatic transmission, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and sport-tuned suspension.

Engine 1.6L turbocharged I4 2.0L turbocharged I4
Horsepower 178 HP
245 HP
Torque 195 lb.-ft.
260 lb.-ft.
MPG (city/hwy) 27/37
2020 Kia Optima interior seating in black and red

Interior Upgrades

Relax and unwind in the spacious cabin of the Kia Optima. This sedan provides thoughtful features such as heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, and so much more. Discover what the 2020 Kia Optima EX, EX Premium, and SX models have to offer below.

Kia Model

Interior Features

Optima EX

  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Glove box illumination
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Ten-way power driver’s seat w/ lumbar support
  • Wood grain accent trim

Optima EX Premium

All EX features, plus:

  • 12-way power driver’s seat w/ lumbar support
  • Ambient lighting
  • Eight-way power front passenger’s seat w/ lumbar support
  • Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ Premium Surround Sound w/ Clari-Fi™ & ten-speaker system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • LED interior lighting
  • Ventilated front seats

Optima SX

All EX Premium features, plus:

  • Driver’s seat memory system
  • Satin chrome accent trim
  • Sport leather seat trim
  • Sport steering wheel w/ paddle shifters

Exterior Design

Make a statement every time you drive the 2020 Kia Optima! Each Optima model features bold styling and numerous exterior finishes designed to turn heads. View some of the edgy elements that can only be found on the Optima EX, EX Premium, and SX trims below.

2020 Kia Optima in while parked in empty parkinglot

Kia Model

Exterior Features

Optima EX

  • 17-in. machined finish alloy wheels
  • Door handle pocket lights
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Gloss Black front grille
  • Power heated outside mirrors w/ LED turn signal indicators
  • Solar control glass

Optima EX Premium

All EX features, plus:

  • Panoramic sunroof w/ power sunshade

Optima SX

All EX Premium features, plus:

  • 18-in. Gloss Black alloy wheels
  • Gloss Black sport front grille
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED headlights w/ auto-leveling
  • Red front & rear brake calipers
  • Sport black outside mirrors, rear spoiler, & side sills

Video Walkthrough

Test Drive the 2020 Kia Optima

Are you ready to elevate your daily drive? Schedule a test drive at Southlake Kia in Merrillville, IN, and we’ll put you behind the wheel of the 2020 Kia Optima. Our used inventory has numerous Optima models to choose from. To learn more about the 2020 Kia Optima LX versus S versus EX versus EX Premium versus SX, get in touch with a Southlake Kia representative by calling (219) 947-1500 or fill out our contact form.

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