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2016 Kia Optima What's new for 2016? 
2016 Kia Optima

The 2016 Kia Optima is all-new this year, with a stiffer structure, retuned suspension, bigger interior and trunk, improved engines with better drivability and fuel economy, and a host of new technology features. The modestly different styling doesn't capture the extent of the changes underneath.

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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

The 2016 Kia Optima looks a lot like last year's model, but there is a lot that's new under this midsize-sedan's shapely styling: a ton of new technology and features, an upgraded interior, and a new turbocharged engine with better low-end power delivery. Then there's the new steering on the SX and SX-L models, which when coupled to better suspension, makes the 2016 Optima surprisingly fun to drive. The 2016 Kia Optima makes a formidable case for itself against the likes of class leaders like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, plus similarly fierce new competitors like the all-new Chevy Malibu. Factor in competitive prices and excellent fuel economy, and it's a compelling midsize-family sedan.

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Consumer Reviews

Frugal Luxury

By on Thursday, November 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "Great price, fun, youthful, stylish"

Cons: "Tires, Steering Feel"

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

Just got the keys

"My prior car was great don't get me wrong, and I really wasn't planning on purchasing anything when we went to look at Kia's, but we test drove my Dark Cherry Optima EX and immediately fell in love. It's very fun to drive, comfortable, and has more options than any other vehicle we cross shopped it with. Mine is fully loaded with Infinity Sound, Panoramic Roof, heated/cooled leather in the front, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, back up cam, and keyless entry/go. Sure there are some trim surfaces of questionable quality in the interior, but everything else feels soft, plush, and quality. Not a single thing has gone wrong with the vehicle that I didn't cause personally, the only things I will say about the car that I don't like is the tires that Kia puts on them, and we had to have the dealer update the "steering profile" so that the steering actually had feeling. The Nexen tires are soft, wear quickly, are loud, and are not grippy at all in wet or winter weather. I plan on getting a set of Continental's on it and that will immediately fix all of the issues I currently have with it. I would recommend Kia to ANYONE, and will be getting a Cadenza next!"

11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Just got the keys

Love driving it, but bad transmission

By on Monday, December 12, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling, features, style and comfort"

Cons: "transmission"

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

"I've owned my optima for about 4 months now, and love driving it. It's loaded with features and handles great. My only issue has been the transmission...had to have a new transmission at 5000 miles, after 2 tows and an unsuccessful attempt to fix the problem the 1st time. I've had no issues since my transmission replacement, and now am very pleased with my vehicle."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great value for the money!

By on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive"

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

"I bought the car about 6 months ago - and now have around 8,500 miles. Mechanically I have had no issues whatsoever - and have no complaints. The 2.0 turbo has loads of power and plenty get up and go. It is a really fun driving experience for a four door sedan. The motor is very quiet and when driven nicely I can average around 28 mpg in the city (usually average about 26). The highest I have hit on the highway is 36 as an average over a 100 mile trip (usually average about 32). Steering is very tight and responsive - and the ride is very smooth and road noise is very minimal. The interior styling is far above par for others in the class. It still surprises me the level of options you can receive for a car in this price range. The seats are very comfortable - with the exception of those over 6 feet in the back - as the roof slopes back somewhat. I have had no issues with the electronics and everything works as it should. Only complaint about the interior is that there seems to be some sort of component within the door panels that has a slight noise to it when the music is up. On that note the infinity sound system is top notch and is easy to drown out this little annoyance. I absolutely love the exterior styling of the car - with one drawback being that the front bumber sits maybe 3/4 of an inch lower to the ground than other cars in the class. In the midwest we can get a decent amount of snow and I am curious how this will come into play. I have also found myself being very careful when pulling up to curbs - as I have already scraped on many. Beyond that no complaints about the exterior styling whatsoever. Overall a very good car for the money - and the warranty is best in class as well. Should be a great car for many years to come."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful


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