Kia Motors America says the all-new ’06-1/2 Kia Optima midsize sedan will begin at $16,355 when it goes on sale this spring in the U.S. That price is for a base LX model with 2.4L inline 4-cyl. engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The same car with a 5-speed automatic transmission is $17,650. The ’06 Optima began at $16,400 for a base model. The Optima LX with a 2.7L V-6 engine mated to the 5-speed automatic is $19,345. The Optima EX with the 2.4L I-4 engine and 5-speed ...

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