The new 2014 Kia Optima available in LX, EX, SX and SX-Limited trim levels, the Optima competes with everything from the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry to the Ford Fusion and Volkswagen Passat — to name a few in this expansive class.
For 2014, we see evidence that Kia is smartly tweaking the presentation, without messing too much with the Optima’s attractive wrapper, which is still a standout in its class of mid-size sedans even with rakish models like the new Ford Fusion and 2014 Mazda6 around.
Release Date and Price
Meanwhile some rumors told that 2014 Kia Optima release date will be in late this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the 2014 Optima’s launch. We expect minimal, if any, changes except for the new SX Limited, which should slot in somewhere above the 2013 Optima SX with the Limited package ($34,500). We promise that we will update soon after Kia announces 2014 Kia Optima price.
Kia made no changes to the Optima’s range of powerplants. The base engine is still the 200-hp 2.4-liter naturally aspirated I-4, while the 2.0-liter turbo-four, offered only in the SX model, still produces 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The SX, however, will now feature Kia’s Drive Mode Select (DMS) system, which allows the driver to adjust steering heft and the transmission’s shift points. The hybrid’s powertrain also carries over and includes a 2.4-liter gas engine supplemented by an electric motor.
Front and rear styling have been updated, with LED positioning lights and new clear LED taillights offered as standard equipment. The 2014 Optima LX has redesigned 16-inch aluminum wheels. Optima EX adds leather seats, 8-way power driver seat, illuminated cupholders, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The 2014 Optima SX gets a new polished 18-inch wheel design and a new Drive Mode Select system allowing the driver to tailor the car’s electric steering and powertrain calibration to individual preferences. New for 2014, the Optima SX-T adds HID headlights in addition to a turbocharged engine. The Optima SX-L continues with chrome wheels, chrome trim, red brake calipers, premium Nappa leather seats, and new LED fog lights.
Inside, the cabin boasts modern lines along with a center stack that cants toward the driver to create a cockpit feel. There’s plenty of legroom for all passengers, although rear headroom is slightly compromised by the dramatic roofline. Material quality is above-average for the segment, with nicely-grained plastics and well-placed soft-touch elements.
Most Optima models come standard with Kia’s UVO eServices infotainment system, which provides Bluetooth-based smartphone integration, streaming audio and voice command functionality for everything from placing calls to changing radio stations. It also includes vehicle diagnostics info and maintenance reminders, and lets users send Point of Interest info from Google Maps searches on their smarphone to the Sorento’s nav system.
Features and Safety
Every Optima is fitted with dual front, side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems, electronic brake-force assist and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
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