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Can a Kia Optima Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Kia Optima comes with the maximum braked towing capacity of 1,800kg, its capacity to tow unbraked load is 750kg. These numbers mean that the Kia Optima can easily tow light to medium-sized camper trailers. This is the perfect family car to take camping trips and long drives with a lot of gear with you.

 

What are the Trim/Engine Options Available for Optima?

The Kia Optima has four trim options buyers can choose from.

  1. Kia Optima LX 2.4

With a 2.4L, 6-speed automatic standard transmission and 185hp @ 6000 rpm, you get the Kia Optima LX. It has a combined fuel economy rating of 29 and 16-inch alloy wheels. This sedan has a torque of 178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm. In Optima LX, you’ll get a DOHC four-cylinder system installed with a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI).

  1. Kia Optima S 2.4

This model has a 2.4L engine that can generate 185hp @ 6000. It comes with a 6-speed automatic standard transmission and a combined fuel economy rating of 27 MPG. The vehicle has 18-inches alloy wheels with a machine finish. This trim has the same Torque as the LX; 178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm with a DOHC four-cylinder system installed with a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI).

  1. Kia Optima EX 1.6T

The EX has a 1.6L Turbo I-4 engine, which is capable to deliver 178hp @ 5,500 rpm, an upgraded trim from the LX and S model. Also, compared to the other two, it has a torque of 195lb-ft @1500-4500 rpm. This trim option also comes with a DOHC four-cylinder system installed with a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). The EX comes with 17-inch alloy tires. This vehicle has a 7-speed dual-clutch standard transmission with a fuel economy rating of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

  1. Kia Optima SX 2.0T

This is the last trim option available for Kia Optima 2020, but surely not the least. It has a 2.0L Turbo I-4 engine, which can produce 245hp @ 6000 rpm and a torque of 260lb-ft @ 1,350-4000 rpm. These specs exceed all the previously mentioned trims. However, SX has the same DOHC four-cylinder system installed with a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). Whereas, it comes with 18-inch alloy wheels and has a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city.

 

Towing with Kia Optima

With a maximum braked towing capacity of 1800kg and unbraked capacity of 750kg, It is pretty good to tow moderate loads even if you don’t have a trailer hitch attached. The car has many modern features and additional features depending on the trim you choose. Buyers should make sure to follow all instructions regarding the towing of any trailer. All the specifications of the Kia Optima are available in the user manual of the vehicle.

 

Released first back in 2011, the Kia Optima is a reliable, midsize sedan with timeless and full industry-leading technology features. Kia Optima has become a strong contender for the midsize and even a few full-size SUVs found in Europe and United States. This car, a creation of South Korea, has four trims available on the market. With that in mind, the Kia Optima has a commendable towing capacity.

The vehicle itself weighs 2,070kg, has a length of 4,855mm, and a height of 1,465mm.

Overall, the Kia Optima is a family-friendly sedan with four trim options. The torque goes up to 260lb-ft @ 1,350-4,000, which means it can tow trailers up to 1,800kg (if the trailer being towed comes with its own braking system). So, it is safe to say that towing medium-heavy loads is of no problem to the Kia Optima.