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Kia Optima

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2015 Kia Optima What's new for 2015? 
2015 Kia Optima

The cruise-control buttons are moved to the right side steering wheel spoke and acoustic laminated windshield glass is now standard on all but the LX trim, which offers it as an option. The UVO2 telematics system is upgraded to include parenting features: speed alerts, curfew reminders and Geo Fencing.

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2014 Kia Optima What's new for 2014? 
2014 Kia Optima

For 2014, Kia has revised the Optima's styling, accentuating its dramatic front and rear end. Interior upgrades include the addition of 4.3-inch TFT LCD cluster display screen, new seat designs and an available Blind Spot Detection System (BSD) with rear cross traffic alert. A new Driver Mode Select option adjusts shift points and steering weight.

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2013 Kia Optima What's new for 2013? 
2013 Kia Optima

For 2013, Kia has added a Limited model to the SX trim than includes Nappa leather seating, LED daytime running lights, red brake calipers and 18-inch chrome wheels. The manual transmission on the LX trim has been dropped, as has the turbo version of the EX.

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2012 Kia Optima What's new for 2012? 
2012 Kia Optima

The 2012 Kia Optima sedan receives a number of improvements and feature upgrades. Foglights and heated side mirrors are added to the standard-equipment list, while the LX trim receives automatic headlights. The Premium package, available on the EX, EX Turbo and SX, gains an 8-speaker Infinity audio system, Kia's UVO voice-activated infotainment system, and power-folding mirrors. HD Radio and power-folding mirrors are added to the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid's Premium and Technology package.

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2010 Kia Optima What's new for 2010? 
2010 Kia Optima

Changes for 2010 are limited to a new blacked-out lower rear bumper on V6 models and the addition of push-button start to all SX trims.

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2009 Kia Optima What's new for 2009? 
2009 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima receives a major freshening, with a new front end, revised rear end and an upgraded interior. The 2009 model gains over two additional inches in length, as well as a new, more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Other news includes the addition of a new trim, the SX, and an available onboard navigation unit.

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2008 Kia Optima What's new for 2008? 
2008 Kia Optima

No major changes for 2008.

About Kia Optima

Kia employed German designer Peter Schreyer (best known for the Audi TT) to oversee all of its designs. In the 2014 Optima, Mr. Schreyer has penned one of the most dynamic midsize sedans on the planet. Wisely, Kia backs the Optima's good looks with a choice of cutting-edge engine technologies, including a hybrid model, and has given its interior a thorough makeover. Costing no more than the average family sedan, the Optima outshines the competition both visually and in terms of optional equipment. Beyond its great fuel economy and unbeatable warranty, Kia offers such luxuries as a panoramic moonroof and heated and cooling front seats. Whether you seek the most basic LX or the top-of-the-line SX Limited, the Optima always delivers more than what its asking price suggests.

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Consumer Reviews

This car is great!

By on Thursday, September 05, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Stylish, gas mileage, comfortable, fun to drive"

Cons: "ability to adjust passenger seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased a 2013 silver Optima EX on 9/25/12. This car is great! Stylish, good gas mileage, comfortable, fun to drive, etc. Reading the many positive reviews definitely influenced my decision to purchase this (my first Kia) so I decided to add my own review. Two comments regarding this vehicle: The car is very stylish but I wouldn't purchase one without the rearview camera. It is necessary to be sure the coast is clear because the rearend of the car sits so high. Secondly, it would be nice if the passenger seat could be adjusted. My wife says that it sits too low. I've owned many cars and I can honestly say that this Kia Optima is the "best bang for the buck" car I've ever owned. At first, I was very hesitant to buy a Kia but I can tell you, "this isn't your dad's Kia!". Kia has come a long way and I believe they are now a better value than either Honda or Toyota. Good luck with your quest."

11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Affordable Luxury!

By on Sunday, April 22, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good looking, comfortable, great fuel economy."

Cons: "What's not to like?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm still on my 1st tank of gas so I can't rate reliability but I give this car a 10/10 in all other categories. This is my third Kia (2006 Sorento"

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I love this car, BUT it has a few annoyances

By on Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Cooled seats"

Cons: "Door locks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love pretty much everything about the car from the power to the performance to the heated and expecially the cooled seats, having a breeze blown against your back would you would normally be sweating in the summer heat is amazing. Now for the slight issues if you push the door lock while your door is open then it will automatically unlock thinking your keys are in the car even if you are standing by the door getting out. Also if you press the button on the door handle to close the door it will only lock if all 4 doors are closed. So if you get out of your car prior to the other passengers you can't lock it via the outside handle. The only foolproof way to lock the car is to take the key out of my pocket and lock the door which is annoying since the car is keyless start. It's also annoying that I can't unlock all 4 doors by pressing the drivers side unlock button on the door. It does not support double press or a longer press to unlock all 4 doors. So in that case I either have to pull my key out of my pocket or I have to make my passengers wait until I get into the car and press the indoor unlock button. Again only minor issues, but a great car overall. The reason I gave it a 4 on reliablity is, because I have already had an issue with the turbo and had to take it into the shop. The shop fixed it quickly and gave me 2 free oil changes. I have talked to the only other optima owner I know and they had the same issue at around 5000 miles. Basically the turbo settings got off and it loses all power and performs worse then even a 4 cylinder until it's fixed."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful