Other than that it's a great car. The 2014 Optima, built in the U. It also utilizes an active shutter system behind the upper grille, allowing the car to redirect airflow when the gas engine's heat levels allow such as when the car is operating in mode to improve aerodynamics, or to assist in more rapid warming up of the gas engine. The has been a mainstay in low-cost sports sedans for a while. The third generation Kia Optima is built and manufactured in , which began in 2011 with the 2012 model. Dislikes: Base trims are basic, no mobile hotspot, hybrids' battery packs put a big dent in cargo space. This car would cost much more if a different name was on it! The Optima was sold until 2006, when it was replaced by the Magentis.
Sales began in fall 2010. Korean and European markets will get the Optima Hybrid with a 2. Here the Optima feels a step more aggressive than V-6 models of the Camry or Accord, in light-footedness if not brute-force acceleration. In addition to the revised exterior, length is also slightly increased by roughly 70 millimetres 2. In order to qualify for the record, the car had two people and luggage throughout the entire trip. Thankfully, Kia left real knobs to control the most common functions.
Robust, responsive and never slow to answer the call, the turbo turns the Optima into one mean street machine. We fit seven of our carry-on suitcases in the trunk of the nonhybrid but only four in the plug-in hybrid. The 2014 Optima, built in the U. In addition to a turbocharged 2. Standard seating 5 Exterior Length 190. We much prefer the smoother, sharper, and quicker combination of and the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that represents the second rung in the Optima's powertrain ladder. The Optima also has a standard 6-speed Sportmatic transmission for an engaging driving experience.
Many of the usual sedans topped the sales charts for 2014, but a few hatchbacks and even a luxury car snuck onto the list. Up above, a glass roof brings light into the cabin while adding a classy look with the continued piano-black trim style. Some key updates for the 2014 model include lightly redesigned front and rear, new seat design and more high-tech features. Beautiful quilted Nappa leather is optional, and when ordered, continues onto the door panels for a really nice touch. Body type Steel unibody Front suspension Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar Rear suspension Independent, multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Steering type Rack and pinion, hydraulic power-assisted Turning circle, curb-to-curb 35. The Optima name is now going to be used for all markets except , where they will also use the South Korean market name.
It now has a higher-capacity lithium-ion battery, with the powertrain providing 199 hp of combined power and 235 lb-ft of combined torque, to yield acceleration that feels about on par with the base four but with better mileage 36 mpg city, 40 highway. Archived from on 4 April 2009. The power is good for a four cylinder. Even base trims offer such nice features as heated side mirrors, chrome door-handle inserts and 16-inch wheels. As with most mid-size four-door sedans on the market, the 2014 Kia Optima is offered in several different performance flavors--all including a four-cylinder engine under the hood. The Optima's interior can be very nice, but it can also be very spartan, and prices ramp up steeply for the better-outfitted trim levels.
The latter is a 4. Sales began to grow, as did the level of talent within the design and engineering teams. A new Driver Mode Select option adjusts shift points and steering weight. The facelifted 2014 model was unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March. MacPherson struts and a thick anti-roll bar keep the nose planted while a mulit-link setup with coil springs are out back.
Inside, the Optima doesn't make waves in the same way, but it's a classy, minimalist cockpit look, reminding us of Audi's interiors of a few years ago, with a wide rectangular bank of controls canted toward the driver. The second generation Kia Optima was launched in Malaysia on August 15, 2007 powered by a 2. In fact, it has more power and better fuel economy than some 4-cylinder cars in the category, as well. With competitors from Toyota and Honda offering more key tech even on their hybrid models, however, we can't give Kia a pass on this front. As before, no V6 engine options will be available. The new K5 was released in the South Korean market on April 29, 2010.
Power is driven to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic. The smaller-displacement, yet substantially more powerful 2. As with most mid-size four-door sedans on the market, the 2014 Kia Optima is offered in several different performance flavors--all including a four-cylinder engine under the hood. It's worth noting that while the Optima is structurally similar to the Hyundai Sonata, the Kia has a number of different details. Curb Weight Automatic transmission 3,237 lbs.
In Australia, the Magentis was introduced in August 2006, and replaced the Optima. That altogether still qualifies it for a Top Safety Pick+ rating, however. There is a duality about the Optima sedan for 2014, speaking to both luxury and performance all while masking its true nature to serve duty as a humble family sedan. The only externally apparent features that differentiate it from the Kia Optima are the hybrid badging, application specific wheel design, a lowered ride height by approximately 1 in 25 mm , and the availability of a special light platinum graphite paint color. It also comes with a long list of technologically advanced features for your entertainment, convenience and safety. Only one transmission is offered: a 6-speed Sportronic automatic with manual-shift mode. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data.
All engines will offer improved fuel economy ratings. The Korean automaker had ambitious dreams of striking it big and making a name for itself within the free 50 states that span the North American continent. This calculation reflects amounts in U. In this sedan, the 2. Initially available with a choice of 2. Thanks in part to better marketing, sales increased to 41,289 units in 2005, an all-time high.