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About the 2015 Kia Optima

Vehicle Summary

With a sleek exterior and inspiring performance, the 2015 Kia Optima aims to turn your commutes into exciting experiences. You’ll feel like you’re behind the wheel of a sports car rather than a midsize sedan, and your family will be thrilled at the spacious interior that is replete with luxurious touches. Leather seating and a panoramic sunroof that stretches over both rows elevates your road experience, and the 2015 Optima offers a suite of high-tech amenities that protect, inform, and entertain. Be sure to check out the Kia Optima when you’re choosing a sedan for your next vehicle purchase.

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Q: What trims are available for the 2015 Kia Optima?

A: The 2015 Kia Optima is available in five trim levels:

  • LX: This introduction to the trim line powers your runs with a 2.4L four-cylinder that steadies the ride using high-performance dampers. The Clean Tex seat upholstery stands out for its sturdiness and easy cleaning. You can power-customize you driver’s seat in up to eight ways, including power lumbar support.
  • EX: Upgrading the seat trim, the steering wheel, and the gearshift knob is luxurious leather. The Smart Key eases control by allowing you to push a button to rev up the engine, even when the key fob is in your pocket. You can adjust the power driver’s seat in up to ten ways.
  • SX: Sport-tuned suspension sharpens your cornering skills and highlights the feel of the road. You’ll find out what’s going on with your vehicle by looking at the Supervision Meter Cluster on the 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen. The front-door scuff plates light up to welcome you to the cabin at night.
  • SX Turbo: The Turbo 2.0L Gasoline Direct Injection four-cylinder boosts performance with Drive Mode Select, encouraging you to define your road time with different modes. High-intensity discharge headlamps automatically level to brighten your night explorations.
  • Limited: The top of the line gets you chrome wheels with red brake calipers, a panoramic sunroof, and premium Nappa leather seat trim. Increasing your street smarts are features like the rear camera display, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert.

Q: What makes the 2015 Kia Optima feel like a sports car?

A: The track feel of the 2015 Kia Optima emerges from its available 2.0L Turbocharged four-cylinder on the SX Turbo and Limited. With the six-speed electronically controlled Sportmatic® transmission with overdrive, performance achieves 274 hp and 269 pound-feet of torque, when properly equipped. You’ll even feel thrills from the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder on the lower trims. It puts out 192 hp and 181 pound-feet of torque, when properly equipped.

Q: What is the fuel economy of the 2015 Kia Optima?

A: The EPA-estimated fuel economy of the 2015 Kia Optima maxes out to 33 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city with the standard 2.4L four-cylinder.1 On the 2.0L Turbo four-cylinder, the mileage reaches 30 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.1 The six-speed automatic is standard for either engine.

Q: How many passengers does the 2015 Kia Optima carry?

A: The 2015 Kia Optima comfortably accommodates up to five passengers on two rows. The rear seatback drops in a 60/40-split to allow larger cargo to expand from the trunk. Available dual-zone automatic temperature control on the EX and higher trims give both you and your front-passenger controls. Rear vents ensure that those in the back enjoy climate comfort as well.

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Actual mileage will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See for more info.

Generation Overview

The third generation, from 2011 to 2015, hones the exterior of the 2015 Kia Optima into a sleeker exterior that flows through the air. Electronic Stability Control monitors how you deal with emergency maneuvers and then adjusts braking and engine torque to contribute to your efforts. The traction control system counteracts wheel spin by managing brake force and engine power, so that the wheels with most road grip get the most force.

Your stops solidify with the anti-lock braking system. Electronic brake-force distribution adjusts brake pressure from front to rear based on the vehicle weight distribution and load. When you engage emergency braking, the brake assist system immediately maximizes pressure to shorten your stopping distance. When you start on a slope, Hill Start Assist holds the brakes for a few moments, giving you time to move your foot from brake pedal to accelerator without the vehicle rolling down the incline.

Improving your entertainment options is the Optima’s available Sirius® satellite radio, and Bluetooth® wireless tech to integrate your compatible device.2

2Activation with subscription required.

Safety Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's independent crash tests help you make informed decisions about vehicle safety. NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings give consumers insights into how vehicles perform in crash tests, with more stars equaling higher safety ratings. Here are the ratings for the 2015 Kia Optima. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Visit to look up a specific vehicle.

NHTSA Overall Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.
Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side
Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.
Rear Passenger
Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Crash Ratings: Test data is combined to indicate overall safety by passenger location.
Front Seat
Back Seat
Rollover Resistance Test: A single vehicle moving at 55 mph loses control on a curve, leaves the road, and rolls over.
Rollover Rating
Dynamic Test Result
No Tip
Risk of Rollover

Reviews for 2015 Kia Optima

Overall Rating

4.3 out of 5 (68 reviews)

Good Car

This is a nice car. Wish Carmax gave more then 30 day warranty to check car out. I have had my car almost 5 months and already needs brakes. My AC doesn’t blow cold at all times. I purchased the warranty for $0 deductible for Carmax and called about my AC. They want to charge me to evaluate the AC. Very disappointed. My backseats where the seam is, is coming a part and no one sits back there. Just make sure when you buy a car from Carmax that you have a mechanic Che k out the whole car. And look at everything really good before the 30 days are up.


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- Teresa Delgado, 2015 Kia Optima

Wonderful car at an okay price.

I enjoyed the car because I can hold a lot of stuff inside of it. There's a lot of room for taller people. The seats aren't extremely comfortable but they are great quality which is good for kids getting in and out. It gets great gas mileage which is good because I have to drive farther for work. All in all it's almost a perfect car for me and someone who is doing good things I would do this will be a great car for them.


  • Fuel Economy: I drive everywhere in and out of state on a low income job.
  • Reliability: It's great to driving a car and not worry about breaking down every day.
  • Cargo Space: It's great when you have two whole bunch of stuff at certain points in time you don't have to worry about whether it fits or not because it most likely will unless it's heavy-duty equipment.


  • Styling: The way the car is shaped at the front when you get in and out of it on the passenger and driver side you hit your head. You have to stay conscious about how low your ducking.
  • Seat Comfort: I like the driver's seat. But the passenger side does not come up, it's very low to the ground. And the back seats have no cushion to them.
  • Cabin Noise: When I start the car up the engine is very loud and does not souns like it should be that loud. It makes you worry..

- Kayla C., 2015 Kia Optima

Great Customer Service

I love my car! This is a great car!! I have discovered that many others at my work also have a Kia Optima and they also love their car. I was very much in need of a vehicle because my F-250 truck was stolen from my work. The Carmax salesman did not bother me while I walked the lot to "window shop" and he was very pleasant to deal with. He is NOT the typical salesman that will hover over his "next sale" and pester people. I highly recommend him to anyone shopping for a car.


  • Fuel Economy: I took my first trip in last week and I got 38 MPG.
  • Seat Comfort: I like how the seat wraps around me. My legs usually go numb after sitting for a long period of time but this car suited me very well for driving 10 hours one-way.
  • Value: I paid a wonderful price for the 2015 model car that had less than 10,000 miles on it!

- Martina Keener, 2015 Kia Optima

This price does not include tax, title, and tags. Additional fees may also apply depending on the state of purchase.