2014 Kia Optima: Not Your Average Midsize Sedan

The 2014 Kia Optima features updated front and rear styling. Inside, the front seats provide greater comfort and the steering wheel has been redesigned. New features include keyless ignition/entry, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear parking sensors and new display screens.

Kia Optima gives buyers a stylish option that blends family transportation with value in a striking package.  The Optima's comfortable cabin can be fitted with impressive features such as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a voice-command system. The Optima's extensive safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, side airbags and side curtain airbags. Additionally, the Optima earned a top five-star rating for overall safety performance, with five stars awarded for overall frontal- and side-impact tests.  When you add in the Optima's very generous warranty, it becomes clear that this Kia represents a compelling value proposition.

The 2014 Kia Optima is a midsize sedan that comes in LX, EX, SX (normally aspirated and turbocharged variants) and Limited trim levels.  Standard features include16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

Bump up to the top-of-the-line Limited and you also get 18-inch wheels, the xenon headlights, unique interior and exterior trim, LED foglights, an electronic parking brake and premium leather upholstery.

Every 2014 Kia Optima is front-wheel drive. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission.  Fuel economy with the 2.4 liter is an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined (23 city/34 highway).  The 2014 Kia Optima‚Äôs overall driving experience is certainly pleasant and better than average for the segment. The Optima feels suitably powered, and the transmission is responsive and shifts smoothly.

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