2015 Kia Optima

Pros: Impressive features-for-the-money quotient; handsome styling; upscale feel inside and out; generous passenger space; peppy performance of available turbocharged engine

Cons: Ride quality and composure trail most midsize-sedan competitors; sharply sloped rear window and large roof pillars hurt rear visibility; engines are a bit noisier/coarser sounding than some class rivals

CG Says: After a lengthy list of revisions for 2014, the 2015 Kia Optima gets an acoustic laminated windshield, the latest version of Kia’s UVO eServices system, and minor trim updates. With the Optima, Kia strives to provide high-end features and an engaging driving experience at bargain prices, and it mostly succeeds. The interior is stylish and it is offered with many features more commonly found in luxury cars, including ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. Optima’s driving experience is more inspired than most midsize cars, though it does not rank with the best in this class in this regard. Though the up-level Limited Package for SX models is tempting with all the features it carries, a base LX or mid-range EX is the value leader here.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LX: $21,650
EX: $24,100
SX: $25,700
SX Turbo: $27,700
SX Limited: $35,500

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
192
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
274
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid
2015 Kia Optima