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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.
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.
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.
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."
21 people out of 21 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 Packerbacker on Thursday, September 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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."
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful