Before 2011 redesign Kia Optima did not have to offer a lot to drivers on the field of design. After this things significantly changed and this vehicle becomes one of the best looking in its segment. For 2014 Kia Optima model we do expect to see additional changes and those might not be big but still we expect improvements.
Rivals like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima are brand-new this year, at best they satisfy the Optima’s racy appearance head-on. Inside, the Optima doesn’t make waves in the same method, however it’s a sophisticated, minimalist cockpit appearance, reminding us of Audi’s interiors of a few years back, with a wide rectangular bank of controls canted towards the driver.
There are 3 different performance tastes for the Optima– all including a four-cylinder engine under the hood– and each of them caters to a different type of driver. On top of the complexity curve is the Hybrid, which teams up the basic four-cylinder with electricity motors and batteries that, in our opinion, can use even more work on smoothing and integrating the juddering that sometimes comes at midrange speeds, when the hybrid drivetrain drops gas power to run on electricity charge alone. We’ve had trouble striking the hybrid’s high-water marks, but the fundamental 2014 Kia Optima provides repeatable, real-world gas mileage that’s tops in its course, and equal to some economy cars.
The Optima’s interior offers good back seat space– enough for three across– although the roofline can make getting in and out a little harder. Front seats in the 2014 Kia Optima also have flat, short cushions, which can cut into the kind of long-distance comfort that the Accord delivers mile after mile. With heated and cooled front seats available– heated back seats, too– the Optima and the back seats can be warmed, too.
With top safety ratings from the IIHS (including the new Top Safety Pick+ rating) and the federal government likely to carry over, the 2014 Kia Optima is among the most secure family-car choices. A Bluetooth interface is basic, a rearview cam system is offered.
The 2014 Kia Optima has some of the exact same percentages as rival mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Volkswagen Jetta; but thanks to a finessed profile and more importantly a set of crisp, edgy, and well-coordinated details, the 2014 Kia Optima looks original as well as far sportier than most other cars in this class.
While the Optima remains extremely closely related to the Hyundai Sonata, it couldn’t be more different on the outside. The Optima’s trim, somewhat Euro-influenced look is the polar opposite of the exuberant aero look that’s all over the Hyundai lineup and in the Sonata. Up close, the 2014 Kia Optima has some pleasing, distinctive contrasts, with the rather lower roofline, stretched headlamps, and finely detailed grille. Yet the steetmetal alongside is clean and easy– and not unnecessarily sculpted.
The effect is a look that’s concentrated, clean, and sports yet also laid-back. About the only exterior detail we haven’t warmed up to is the side ‘vents’ (plastic inserts) at the back of the fender– an element of busyness in a design that’s simple and otherwise clean.
The cabin design and interior appointments are a fine match for the exterior; it’s not quite the design standout of the exterior, but a big set of gauges and a wide rectangular bank of controls canted toward the driver amount to a simple, elegant look– somewhat like that of Audis but with a little less polish and a lot less clutter. Some of the materials and trim mixes have a tendency towards the drab side, though.
There are 3 different performance tastes for the Optima– all consisting of a four-cylinder engine under the hood– and each of them caters to a different type of driver. Those who simply want an economical mid-size sedan with decent performance will be plenty satisfied with the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder with direct injection. It makes 200 horsepower, and while it’s a little coarse when wound out, you rarely need to visit the high revs as it churns out the torque and works extremely well with the six-speed automatic transmission that most models will have (a manual six-speed should still be available).
Performance-minded shoppers– and some of those who would have picked the top-of-the-line V-6 in the past– will likely enjoy the turbocharged SX model, which whistles along with 274 horsepower and paddle controls for the automatic. Here also the 2014 Kia Optima graduates into a sportier echelon, capable of keeping up with the likes of the With this combination, the Optima’s personality into something authentically sporty, if not high-performance– along the lines of the Volkswagen CC or Buick Regal.
Meeting the needs of those who want to be as green as possible is the Optima Hybrid, with its electric-motor system and lithium-polymer battery pack that pair with a four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission (not a CVT). There’s been one pretty significant drawback to the previous versions of the Hybrid, even if it did perform reasonably well: Its transitions on and off the two power sources were typically downright jarring, and far from seamless. Kia (and Hyundai, which shares the system) have spent time reworking the system for improved fuel economy and better driveability. We’ll report back when we get even more seat time in the revised model.
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With all powertrains, highway gas mileage strikes a minimum of 33 mpg in turbos, with four-cylinders striking a stellar 35 mpg and hybrids reaching to a rated 39 mpg. We’ve had problem hitting the hybrid’s high-water marks, but the basic 2014 Kia Optima provides repeatable, real-world gas mileage that’s tops in its class, and equal to some economy vehicles.
The Optima has steering that’s a some firm in feel, yet somehow far more confident than that of the closely related Sonata. That combined with an independent suspension, giving the 2014 Kia Optima a quick, nimble feel– although if handling is among your leading priorities you ‘d probably be happier with the Fusion, Mazda6, or Altima.