2015 Kia Optima
Available optionally on the EX, SX, SX Turbo and standard on the SX Limited, the next-generation UVO eServices offers additional features designed to keep the owner better informed, from behind the wheel or remotely, via a smartphone. To improve functionality for the driver, the steering wheel-mounted buttons for the cruise control have been repositioned on the right-side spoke.
Outside, the 2015 Optima is now available with a Smokey Blue metallic paint, and Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite replace Bright Silver and Metal Bronze, respectively. The acoustic laminated windshield, found last year only on SX-Limited, is offered across the Optima lineup for 2015.
The new Kia Optima continues to offer two powerful Theta II power plants featuring gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology: a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine. The 2.4-liter GDI engine is available on LX, EX and SX models while the more robust 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine is offered exclusively in the SX and SX Limited. This turbocharged unit delivers V-6-type power with a four-cylinder’s efficiency. Each engine choice is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring Sportmatic shifting. Drive Mode Select (DMS), which offers owners a customizable driving experience by adjusting transmission shift points and steering weight, remains exclusive to the SX Turbo and SX Limited.
Base model estimated mpg: 23/34. Estimated starting price: $21,650. Shop for Optima models at CarSoup.com.
Compiled by Motor Matters