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2014 Kia Optima Receives Mild Mid-Life Update

2014 Kia Optima Receives Mild Mid-Life Update

By Jeff Youngs, April 01, 2013
The 2014 Kia Optima midsize sedan debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, introducing a mild refresh to the popular model that includes revised styling, new technology, and an updated trim level lineup.

Kia modifies the 2014 Optima lineup by adding a sporty SX trim level, equipped with the standard direct-injection, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, joining the existing LX and EX trims that are equipped with that power plant. Previously, the SX was offered only with the more powerful turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is now reserved for the new SX-Turbo (SX-T) model, and the continuing SX-Limited (SX-L) model. The Kia Optima Hybrid and Hybrid EX are also continued for 2014.

Front and rear styling have been updated, with LED positioning lights and new clear LED taillights offered as standard equipment. The 2014 Optima LX has redesigned 16-inch aluminum wheels. Optima EX adds leather seats, 8-way power driver seat, illuminated cupholders, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The 2014 Optima SX gets a new polished 18-inch wheel design and a new Drive Mode Select system allowing the driver to tailor the car's electric steering and powertrain calibration to individual preferences. New for 2014, the Optima SX-T adds HID headlights in addition to a turbocharged engine. The Optima SX-L continues with chrome wheels, chrome trim, red brake calipers, premium Nappa leather seats, and new LED fog lights.

Inside, the 2014 Kia Optima offers a standard 4.3-inch display screen embedded into the instrument cluster. An optional 8-inch high-resolution display is installed in the dashboard and used for navigation, radio, and UVO eServices functions. New seat designs are included for all models in an effort to improve comfort, and the updated 2014 Optima can be equipped with a new blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and rear park-assist sensors.

The 2014 Kia Optima will be built in Georgia, and goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.

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