At $17,995, the 2010 Kia Optima offers one of the most economical base MSRPs of any mid-size sedan. Add a 10-year comprehensive warranty and great gas mileage, and the Optima is simply one of the finest buys in its class. Considering the engine specs, miles per gallon, available features of the new 2010 Kia Optima and it’s easy to decide that the Optima is well worth the savings.

When it comes to exterior styling, the Kia Optima is as traditional as can be. Although the Kia sedan may dishearten those looking for a vehicle offering substantial curb appeal, those who don’t mind the intermittent scoop of vanilla will probably find little to be concerned about. While conventional, the car radiates balanced magnetism and a bit of aloof luxury.

Although it may not seem as plush as class leaders like the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord, the Optima suggests an interior atmosphere that contradicts its rock-bottom sticker price. An extremely quiet ride, a first-class texture and fit with ample room for front-seat travelers help make the car seem more luxurious than it truly is. There is room for three travelers in the Kia Optima’s rear seat, but a limit of two is suggested for extended journeys.

The extended list of available standard features increases the value of the Optima. Full power accessories, air conditioning, heated mirrors, satellite radio and an auxiliary input come on base models.

In the cargo department, the Kia sedan manages with 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space. This is rather small for the mid-size class, but a 60/40 split rear seat provides a little storage flexibility.

The base Optima is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 175 horsepower. There are superior options out there to quench your need for speed. The Kia should supply sufficient acceleration and cornering for normal drivers though.

A benefit of the economical engine is substantial gas mileage. The 2.4-liter power plant produces an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, figures that position it in front of most of the rivals in its class.