The Kia Optima received some updates in the 2015 model, including a change in trim levels and adjustments to the telematics system, which is an optional feature. However, even without big changes, the car holds its own very well against the competition. It has many great features, both standard and optional, along with a long warranty and high scores on crash tests. That helps make the 2015 Kia Optima a good car for driving every day. The styling is also very well-done, which helps the Kia stand out from its competitors even at the base model level.
While Kia has been around as a car brand for some time, it did not really catch on in the United States until after 2000. One of the biggest benefits to the car was the longer warranty period of 10 years/100,000 miles. That was far longer than what was offered by American brands such as Ford and Chevrolet, and it helped to set the Kia Optima apart from its rivals. The car included:
The 2015 Kia Optima is easy to drive and handles well, though its personality is not as sporty as its styling. For drivers who are not concerned about that, however, the Optima can be a great choice, not only for its ease of navigation, but also for its reasonable power and decent gas mileage.
Compared to other makes and models that fall into the family sedan class, the Kia will generally cost you a little bit less. That is mostly because of the lack of sportiness when it comes to handling and driving. It is also because of the brand, since many people still prefer to buy American car brands. There are also a number of other foreign cars that are popular in the 2015 model year, such as the Hyundai Sonata and Honda Accord, along with the Nissan Altima. The Mazda6 is another good choice. All of these cars will cost a little bit more than the Optima in most cases, however, if all other things are equal.
The design of the 2015 Kia Optima is strong, with sleek lines and a well-thought-out interior and exterior to maximize space and value. It changed very little from the 2014 model, which did well in the marketplace. The 2015 Optima has front-wheel drive and comes in several different trim levels. It also offers:
All of the SX, LX, and EX versions of the 2015 Kia Optima come with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine offering 192 hp. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 274 hp that is standard in the SXL and an option on the SX. All of the engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A manual option is not available. While these engines provide the Optima with enough power, its zero-to-60 times are slower than its competitors, and its gas mileage is lower. The turbocharged version of the engine is also noticeably slower when the weather is hot.
The interior of the 2015 Kia Optima is roomy and comfortable overall. It offers:
Despite the lower headroom and its zero-to-60 times being slower than its competitors, the 2015 Kia Optima is an overall good choice when looking for a quality family sedan. The warranty is superior to other cars in its class, providing added value.