2015 Kia Optima

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2015 Kia Optima Overview

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.

2015 Kia Optima History

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:

  • Competitive pricing for its level of features
  • Luxury with many of its higher-end options
  • Reasonable gas mileage and power with all engine choices
  • Crash test scores and a warranty that set it apart from its competitors

How It Drives

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.

Used 2015 Kia Optima Value

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.

Design & Performance

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:

  • A choice between two different engine types
  • A six-speed automatic transmission
  • A zero-to-60 time of less than nine seconds for a fully-loaded EX
  • Fuel economy of 27 mpg combined for the standard engine and 24 combined for the turbocharged model

Powertrain & Engine

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.

Body Style & Interior Comfort

The interior of the 2015 Kia Optima is roomy and comfortable overall. It offers:

  • A modern design with a European influence
  • Voice control of cellphones and MP3 players, along with navigation
  • Good front and rear legroom
  • A roof line more like a coupe, reducing rear headroom but adding noticeable style

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.

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Key Features

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

Gas Mileage
20 City
31 Highway
Base Specifications
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Drive 2WD
Engine 2.0L
Cylinders 4
Horsepower 274 horsepower@6000rpm
Torque 269 torque@1650rpm
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NHTSA Overall Safety Rating NHTSA Driver Frontal Rating 2013 2015 KI OPTI
J.D. Power Ratings Overall Design Mechanical Performance & Design KI OPTI 2015
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Customer Reviews

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What customers liked
Fuel Economy, Ride and Handling, Styling
What they didn't
Seat Comfort, Technology and Entertainment, Cabin Noise
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We Love it!
Amanda M. | 3/18/2016
I love this car! With great gas mileage and smooth ride, I would most certainly recommend this automobile to anyone looking for a great car for a family of 5 or less.
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