Changes for the 2014 Kia Optima:
Revised styling, new wheel designs, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and updated interior trim and instrumentation are included for all 2014 Optimas. Additional upgrades, depending on the model, include keyless passive entry with push-button starting, rear parking assist sensors, a Blind Spot Detection System, and UVO eServices technology with an 8-inch color touchscreen and a navigation system.
The 2014 Kia Optima is sold in LX, EX, SX, SX Turbo, and SX-L (Limited) Turbo trim levels. An Optima Hybrid is also for sale, but as this summary is written, continues as a 2013 model.
Optima EX highlights include leather seats, a power driver’s seat, passive entry with push-button starting, dual-zone automatic climate control, a reversing camera, and larger 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The Optima SX adds a sport suspension, paddle shifters, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. This model also includes Supervision gauges, stainless steel doorsill plates, metallic pedals, simulated carbon fiber interior trim, a black headliner, and LED taillights. The Optima SX Turbo adds a turbocharged engine, Drive Mode Select technology, and HID headlights.
At the top of the lineup, the SX-L Turbo adds 19-inch chrome wheels, LED fog lights, power folding exterior mirrors, additional chrome exterior trim, and rear parking assist sensors. Inside, the SX-L gets diamond-stitched premium leather, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and gloss black trim. Additionally, this model is equipped with a Blind Spot Detection System, a premium sound system with HD Radio, and UVO eServices technology with a navigation system.
Engines and Transmissions:
The Optima LX, EX, and SX are equipped with a 192-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is optional for the SX and standard for the SX-L, generating 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque starting at just 1,650 rpm.
A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard for LX, EX, and SX models. Turbo models have a 6-speed automatic with manual shift capability and paddle shifters. The automatic is is optional for the LX, EX, and SX variants.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
According to the EPA, the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine returns 27 mpg in combined driving, while the turbocharged engine is rated to deliver 24 mpg.
The 2014 Kia Optima receives a 5-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, it is important to note that the side-impact test result for the driver rates only 3 stars.
As this summary is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn’t rated the 2014 Optima. In 2013, the structurally identical model got a “Top Safety Pick+” rating, thanks to an “Acceptable” result in the difficult new small overlap frontal impact test.
Kia’s UVO eServices system provides Bluetooth music streaming capability, 9-1-1 emergency calling, vehicle location service, and more, and without any extra-cost subscription fees. For 2014, the Optima is also available with a new Blind Spot Detection System. This feature is optional or standard for all models except the Optima LX.
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