A standout in the crowded midsize sedan segment, the 2014 Kia Optima touts a surprisingly sophisticated design, a smooth, quiet ride and able driving dynamics. It’s the best-selling Kia in the U.S.
For 2014, Optima gets a refresh, including redesigned front and rear ends and a new wheel design. Inside, the updated interior includes a redesigned instrument cluster with larger TFT display, a redesigned steering wheel, and additional standard and optional features.
Optima LX and Optima EX models use a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder that makes 192 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. This engine is short on excitement but fine for most drivers. Quiet at highway cruising speeds, it delivers enough power to keep up with fast traffic on the freeways. The 2014 Kia Optima rates an EPA-estimated 23/34 mpg City/Highway. (Note that fuel economy has been adjusted from the 2013 EPA estimates of 25/35 mpg City/Highway.)
Optima LX includes cloth upholstery, a 6-way power adjustable seat with power lumbar, manually operated air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system with CD player, satellite radio capability, USB port and auxiliary audio jacks, a cooled glove box, 60/40-split folding rear seats, cruise control, fog lights, heated outside mirrors and 16-inch alloy wheels. A Convenience Plus package includes an 8-way power driver’s seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror with universal garage door opener and compass, a rearview camera with Kia’s UVO telematics system and laminated front door windows (which make for a quieter cabin).
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