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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.
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.
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.
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.
The famous automotive leader Bob Lutz once said it costs as much to build an ugly car as it does a beautiful one. In the 2013 Kia Optima sedan, Mr. Lutz's words have been proven spot on. Costing no more than a comparably-equipped Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, the Optima for 2013 outshines its competition with stunning good looks, compact car-like fuel economy, a great warranty and ever-improving resale figures. Add to the mix a panoramic sunroof and heated and cooling seats, and the Optima might appear to be the bargain of the century. Models range from the well-equipped entry LX to the luxurious EX to the fuel-efficient Hybrid. There's even a high-performance turbo model that will shame some premium brands costing tens of thousands more.
By Dwight on Tuesday, February 07, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good value, knockout styling, economical"
Cons: "Not made in USA"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"... and I've owned at least 15 in my time on earth. I'm one of those that mostly looks at vehicles as transportation, as opposed to a status symbol or "a statement about who I am." If that were not the case, I suspect I wouldn't consider the Kia brand name; it isn't necessarily associated with the rich and famous, but rather the value conscious. Having said that, I am VERY impressed with this vehicle, and I can understand why someone might be driven (no pun intended) to say they loved this car. I have both the Technology and Premium packages, so my Optima EX has many features of higher end vehicles: heated/cooled seats, voice recognition for controlling navigation and media, an entertainment system that will play conventional CDs or MP3 CDs (or MP3s off a flash drive plugged into the USB port) as well as streaming audio via Bluetooth, a sunroof over both front and back seats, a spot to keep beverages cool in the glove compartment, backup camera (something I really miss in our other car now that I'm spoiled); all without the high price. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I realize, but there are some vehicles I would be embarrassed to drive. Not this one. Some designer should get paid double for the 2011 Optima ... IMHO this car is a knockout. The four cylinder has plenty of pep for me, but I must admit when it comes to engines, reliability and economy are much higher priorities for me than horsepower. So far so good in that regard. I do a mix of highway and city driving, and routinely average 31-32 MPG. When someone likes a car this much, it is easy to overlook little grievances, but I should point out that it isn't up to Lexus or Cadillac standards when it comes to interior noise while driving; there is moderate road noise. On the other hand, the windows and doors are nice and tight so there is no "wind whistle" (at least not yet ... my car is about five months old). If you're trying to fit something large into the trunk, you probably should try the back seat instead, because the trunk opening is quite small (in fairness this has a lot to do with the sporty styling of the car ... if you routinely have big things to carry, you're probably shopping for an SUV anyway). So, other than having to arm wrestle with my wife over who gets to drive, I have no substantive complaints, and I would buy another one exactly like it in a heartbeat."
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Deb on Friday, January 25, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Mileage is as expected; great conveniences"
Cons: "Passenger seat thigh length and inability to tilt"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"All in all, great value and style for the money and thus far, trouble-free. Unfortunately, the power passenger seat is impossible to sit in for anything but short distances. If the seat had the same power settings as the driver seat, it would be fine, but it cannot be tilted or raised, so the short thigh support is a very real problem for me."
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Chuck on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price is very important"
Cons: "The shifter could move back from the dash in Park"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is the first vehicle that does what it claims it does. I get get 35 MPG on the hiway. The confort is very good. I have had no issues what so ever with this car and It's my 2nd Optima both cars are beyond my expetations. I put over 130,000 miles on my first Optima with no problems at all."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful