It’s getting so you can readily spot any Kia model from a distance since they all share the same face. There’s nothing wrong with that since it has helped the Optima become a player among sedan brands.
Four-cylinder engines in turbocharged, non-turbocharged and hybrid versions; all are hooked up to six-speed automatic transmissions.
The Optima drops to third place from second in Kia’s sedan hierarchy with the arrival of the big-dog K900. However this sedan still looks as fresh as ever since its 2014 front end and grille updating. In back it received a revised trunk lid and a lower bumper area where the exhaust exits. Inside, seat fabrics were upgraded and a larger high-resolution touch screen for the optional navigation and communications systems was installed. The Optima’s engine entry point is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 192 horsepower, while an optional 274-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine quenches your thirst for thrust. The Optima Hybrid uses the 2.4-liter gas engine plus a 47-horsepower electric motor supplied by a 47-kilowatt lithium-polymer battery pack for a total system output of 199 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. Note that a six-speed automatic transmission (and not a traditional continuously variable unit) is used in the Hybrid as well as with both gas engines. Fuel economy for the Hybrid is 36 mpg in the city and 40 mpg highway, better than the 2.4 gas engine’s 23/34 ratings. The hybrid can also travel at speeds of up to 60 mph without assistance from its gas-engine partner. With four trim levels — base LX, EX, SX and SX-T — the Optima ranges far and wide to satisfy a variety of budgets. Throw in the car’s classy looks along with a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty and it’s a lock for Optima buyers.