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2015 Kia Optima KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $26,108 - $27,271.

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MSRP $28,500

Fair Purchase Price $26,690
Fair Market Range ($26,108 - $27,271)

Invoice $26,720
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KBB Expert Rating 7.6 / 10
10/7.6
This Car - 2015 Kia Optima
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor - Updated Date: 7/25/2014


Stealing away one of Germany's most prized automotive designers is only half the reason for Kia's recent success. There's an engineering and customer satisfaction story to tell too, and no car tells it better than the 2015 Kia Optima sedan. Four doors never looked so sexy – at least not wearing a sub-$23,000 price tag. From its aggressive front end to its distinctive silhouette, the Optima turns heads and flusters the competition. The Kia Optima is no one trick pony, either. Slick styling and a powerful engine usually require sacrificing some interior comfort to help keep the price in line, but not so with the Optima. Options like a panoramic moonroof and heated rear seats come as pleasant surprises, as does the Optima's 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.

You'll Like This Car If...

Looking for a practical family sedan that doesn't look like a practical family sedan? You have a few cars from which to choose, but none as feature packed as the 2015 Kia Optima.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for the security of all-wheel drive (AWD), it's best to plan test-driving a Ford Fusion or Subaru Legacy. Those who need maximum rear-seat legroom might be happier with a Volkswagen Passat, or the larger-overall Chevy Impala or Ford Taurus.

What's New for 2015

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.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Deriving a favorable impression of the 2015 Kia Optima sedan requires only about five minutes behind the wheel, an open road and no salesman along to spoil your fun. The base 2.4-liter engine delivers a smooth, quiet and willing performance while sipping gasoline. Despite the car's racy appearance, the Optima's suspension is set up more for comfort than cornering, and not quite up to the standards set by the Ford Fusion and Chrysler 200. Around town, the steering is heavily weighted, but at cruising speeds it feels quite nice. The Optima Hybrid uses the same 2.4-liter engine, only it's paired with an electric motor that significantly improves both efficiency and off-the-line acceleration. Unlike some competitors, the Optima doesn't make a V6 engine or AWD available, but the SX trim does offer a robust 274-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that turns this comfortable cruiser into an asphalt abusing bruiser.

Favorite Features

EXTERIOR STYLING
Even though the design is a few years old, the 2015 Kia Optima sedan still looks as fresh and new as the day it first arrived. We think it looks even better than some luxury sedans costing twice as much.

TURBOCHARGED 2.0-LITER ENGINE
V6? We don't need no stinking V6! The Optima's available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivers 274 horsepower for a thrilling 0-to-60-mph run, yet still earns an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway.


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