2015 Kia Optima

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What's New for 2015:
  • New version of UVO2 eServices debuts
  • Revised steering wheel design details
  • Acoustic laminated windshield glass now standard
  • Black cloth offered for LX trim level
  • Three new exterior paint colors

The 2015 Kia Optima is a midsize sedan that competes against the Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat.

Models and Features
Kia offers the 2015 Optima in LX, EX, SX, SX Turbo, and SX Limited trim levels. An Optima Hybrid model is also available, but is covered separately.

Upgrade from the LX to the EX and the Optima includes leather seats, 10-way power driver's seat, Smart Key entry with push-button engine starting, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air conditioning vents, auto-dimming rearview mirror, floor mats, and upgraded interior trim, lighting, and convenience features. The Optima EX rides on 17-in. aluminum wheels.

The Optima SX is the sporty version. It adds 18-in. aluminum wheels, larger front brake discs clamped by black-painted calipers, and transmission paddle shifters. Cosmetic enhancements include subtle styling modifications, LED running lights, and LED taillights, while the interior is dressed with Supervision instrumentation including a 4.3-in. information screen, metallic dashboard trim, and metal pedals.

Next up is the SX Turbo, which is equipped with a more powerful engine, HID headlights, flat-bottom steering wheel, and Drive Mode Select technology that allows the driver to tailor vehicle dynamics to one of three settings. The SX Limited is loaded with all the extras, including premium Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, memory for the driver's preferences, 4-way power front passenger's seat, black headliner and pillar trim, cloth door weather stripping, and upgraded cabin materials.

The SX Limited also has a panoramic sunroof, premium surround-sound audio system, navigation system, UVO2 eServices technology, reversing camera, universal garage door opener, compass, first-aid kit, blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic detection, rear park-assist sensors, and an electronic parking brake. Styling changes include chrome wheels and exterior trim, red-painted brake calipers, power-folding exterior mirrors, LED fog lights, and a rear spoiler.

Under the Hood
A 192-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Optima LX, EX, and SX, while the SX Turbo and SX Limited are equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine cranking out 274 horsepower. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
Choose the Optima LX, EX, or SX, and according to EPA fuel-economy estimates you can expect to get 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The more powerful SX Turbo and SX Limited versions are EPA-rated to return 20 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
For the 2015 model year, a next-generation version of UVO2 eServices is offered for the Optima EX, SX, SX Turbo, and SX Limited. This version of the technology offers the vehicle owner the ability to program speed alerts, curfew alerts, and geo-fenced boundary alerts, and also produces what Kia calls a \"driving score.\" These features are offered in addition to last year's service package, which remains available for the Optima LX. Highlights include 911 Connect to help speed rescuers to the scene of a collision, Parking Minder to help find the Optima in a crowded lot, My POI function, and more.

A blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic detection is standard for the SX Limited and optional for the EX, SX, and SX Turbo. If you're looking for a lane-departure or forward-collision warning system, the 2015 Optima doesn't offer it. Nor can this car be optioned with adaptive cruise control or automatic pre-collision braking.


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