2014 Kia Optima review

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Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 31 highway, 24 combined

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Practical, good-looking sedan

The 2014 Kia Optima was updated for the 2014 model year with new front and rear facias while retaining the vehicle’s sporty and dynamic proportions. Available in five different trims ranging from base LX to SX-Limited trims, the Optima’s new premium amenities and convenience options should convince you to take a look.  Enhancing the European-inspired design are eye-catching front LED headlights and fog lights flanking the “Tiger Nose” grille, accompanied by clear LED rear lights.

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What is new for the 2014 Kia Optima?

  • Optima trims have been upgraded with Smart Key, Sunroof(s), Heated Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.
  • The SXL trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2014 Kia Optima

1. Redesigned, athletic exterior 

The 2014 Kia Optima boasts a captivating exterior design that blends modern aesthetics with a touch of sophistication. Highlighted by striking front LED headlights and fog lights flanking the signature Kia grille, the vehicle exudes a contemporary and dynamic presence on the road. Clear, newly designed LED rear brake lights add a distinctive flair to the rear profile. The overall silhouette is sleek and well-proportioned, with smooth lines and refined contours contributing to its visually appealing and aerodynamic form. The combination of stylish elements, such as an active grille shutter and an aerodynamic alloy-wheel design, enhances the Optima's overall exterior, making it a standout choice. 

2. Refined and updated interior 

The 2014 Kia Optima welcomes occupants into a refined interior that seamlessly blends comfort, functionality, and modern design. The cabin is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, featuring quality materials and a contemporary design. Spacious and inviting, the Optima offers comfortable seating for up to five passengers, and you enjoy an ergonomic and intuitive cockpit. Technological upgrades are evident with an advanced infotainment system, Bluetooth® connectivity, and available premium audio options. The interior's ambiance is further elevated by ambient lighting, providing a pleasant and customized atmosphere. Overall, the 2014 Optima's interior gives a sense of luxury, making each journey a comfortable and enjoyable experience. 

3. Calm, comfortable ride 

The 2014 Kia Optima promises a calm and comfortable ride, prioritizing a smooth driving experience that effortlessly glides over various road surfaces. The suspension system absorbs bumps and imperfections, ensuring you enjoy a calm journey. Responsive handling and precise steering contribute to a feeling of control, creating a balanced and composed ride. The cabin is designed for comfort, with supportive seating and minimal road noise, providing a peaceful environment for both short commutes and long journeys. With a focus on tranquility and comfort, the 2014 Optima offers a driving experience that leaves you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after every trip. 

4. Multiple engine options 

The 2014 Optima offers two potent powerplants with direct injection technology: a 2.4L four-cylinder and a 2.0L turbo engine. Additionally, Kia also offers a 2.4L hybrid powertrain. The 2.4L engine is available on LX, EX, and SX models, while the more robust 2.0L turbo engine is exclusive to the SX. Providing V6-type power with four-cylinder fuel consumption, the turbocharged engine produces 274 horsepower and earned an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined 

 and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Exclusive to the sporty SX variant, the 2014 Optima introduces Drive Mode Select, allowing you to customize the driving experience by adjusting transmission shift points and steering weight. 

5. Advanced technology 

The 2014 Kia Optima is equipped with an array of advanced technologies that enhance both convenience and connectivity. Featuring a sophisticated infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and available premium audio options, the Optima offers a modern and entertaining driving experience. Innovative driver assist features, such as blind-spot detection and rear parking assist, provide an extra layer of driver aid. The Optima's technological sophistication is further highlighted by its available smartphone connectivity, enhanced navigation, and a range of other intelligent features. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2014 Kia Optima is a car that has a turbocharged engine, top of the line features, and a panoramic sunroof. Customers like the car because it is fuel efficient and has a nice look.

RepairPal gave the Kia Optima an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Optima 8th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Kia Optima features and specs

SX 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Infinity Sound System
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 45.5"/R 34.7"

Head room

F 40"/R 37.6"

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