2014 Kia Optima Overview

Tamara Warren
Automotive Editor - February 26, 2014

There’s something refreshing about the 2104 Kia Optima, a family car that dares to dip its toe outside of the conventional family car styling into the pizazz department. The Optima offers spunky, fuel-efficient performance and a solid list of options to spruce up the cabin for commendable value. Kia also makes the Optima as a 2.4-liter engine hybrid.

What's New for 2014

The Optima has smoothed out its exterior front and rear fascia and beefed up the technology in the cabin. Push-button ignition, an LCD instrument cluster and an optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation screen are among the new techno-creature comforts.

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Choosing your Kia Optima

Kia offers plenty of options for Optima customers in five separate trim packages chock full of options. All vehicles come with dual exhaust, USB jacks, a sunglass holder and a long list of standard safety features. Convenient technology and upscale trim are spread evenly from the low end to the high end of the spectrum.

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The base level LX, priced from $21,500, comes standard with a 2.4 liter direct injection four-cylinder engine. Air conditioning, Bluetooth and cruise control are typical of a generous standard features list that also includes a cooled glove box. You get the great looks of the Optima for a reasonable sticker price.

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At $23,950 a few standard options are added in the EX, like the leather-wrapped steering wheel and dual-zone temperature control. But the important aspect of stepping up to the EX is that it allows you to mix and match comfort and safety options such as power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof and blind spot detection—still at a bargain price.

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The $25,500 SX adds a hint of performance feel with a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters and 18-inch wheels, but like the LX and EX it uses the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.

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SX Turbo

The SX Turbo emphasizes efficient performance with a turbocharged 274-horsepower 2-liter engine. Priced from $27,500, it adds features like drive mode select and HID headlights. You also have a long list of options to choose from if your desires are specific.

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This model is Kia’s attempt at luxury for less, blending a long list of standard technology with the verve of turbo performance. In addition to the turbo motor, it features Nappa leather upholstery and chrome 19-inch wheels for $35,300.

Choose your Kia Optima >>

CarsDirect Tip

If you’re in the market for a midsize sedan that’s equipped with luxury technology, the Optima dethrones its more sedate competitors even on the pricier Limited model. From our value-oriented perspective, we'd go for the performance and price of the SX Turbo.

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