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2017 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima has come a long way. Still one of Kia’s popular sedans, it’s now available as a hybrid and even a PHEV. It wouldn’t be a smart choice to take a vehicle that isn’t so great and make it a hybrid, hoping that will increase sales. So that can only mean before these variations came about, the original Kia Optima was just as good if not better. Now in it’s 2017 model-year, the Kia Optima is still a great vehicle to own or lease.

2017 Kia Optima

245

Max. Horsepower

28/37 mpg

Avail. Fuel Economy

8-inch

Avail. Touchscreen

2017 Kia Optima Performance
2017 Kia Optima Performance

Performance

Engine Types

There are three engines available on the 2017 Kia Optima lineup. The standard engine, found on the Optima LX and EX is a 2.4-liter DOHC engine. The engine generates 185 horsepower, and the vehicle gets a fuel economy of 25/36 mpg city/highway. A little more fuel efficient option that is  nearly as powerful is the smaller turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC engine on the Optima LX 1.6T. This engine produces 178 horsepower and has a fuel economy of 28/37 mpg city/highway.

The third engine on the Optima line is a 2.0-liter DOHC with a turbocharger, and it puts out 245 horsepower. This engine is found on the Optima SX and SX Limited trims and both trims have a fuel economy of 22/31 mpg city/highway.

Engineering and Handling

All of these engines are designed with a dual-overhead camshaft (DOHC), known to take some of the stress off the engine, which leads to better engine performance. They are also built with dual CVVT, which stands for “continuously variable valve timing”, a variation of VVT technology that can increase an engine’s output and fuel economy. All of those technologies make all three of the Optima’s available engines powerful and fuel efficient.

Depending on the trim, the driver will find one of two transmissions that are generally the same. One is a 6-speed automatic, found on all trims but the Optima LX 1.6T, which is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. All of the transmissions are a Sportmatic Sports shifter that functions like an automatic transmission but also allows the driver to manually change gears if they wish.

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2017 Kia Optima Style
2017 Kia Optima Style

Style

Exterior Features

A lot of exterior features are shared among the five Optima trims. Standard throughout the lineup are power-adjustable mirrors with LED turn signals, solar control glass, and automatic on/off headlights. Only the base trim, the Optima LX, doesn’t have a few features that are standard on the other trims, but buyers have the option to upgrade certain features.

Other features are LED headlights, a rear spoiler, a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade and sound-absorbing front windows. All trims but the LX have a smart trunk, a trunk that opens in the presence of the driver’s Smart Key.

Interior Features

The shared features change a bit for the interior - many things come in different variations, such as 8-way driver seat adjustment in the Optima LX and LX 1.6T trims, but there is a standard 12-way driver seat adjustment in the other trims (optional on Optima LX and LX 1.6T trims). Other features, like quilted Nappa leather seating trims is only available on the Optima SX Limited. The only standard lineup seating feature is a 60/40 split-fold rear seat for changing up seating arrangements and cargo storage.

Several convenient features are standard across the lineup, and one of these features include drive mode select, an active eco system, and a trip computer that is displayed on a 3.5- or 4.3-inch LCD display. Features like dual-zone automatic a/c temperature control, push button start with engine immobilizer, and driver’s seat memory system are found on most trims after the Optima LX. High-end features like heated front seats, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are reserved for the upper-level trims.

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2017 Kia Optima Technology
2017 Kia Optima Technology

Technology

Entertainment

Standard in the 2017 Kia Optima is a 6-speaker system. The Optima SX Limited comes standard  with a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon with surround sound system, and that system is an available upgrade to the Optima EX and SX trims. A 5-inch touchscreen is on the Optima LX, a 7-inch screen with UVO eServices is on the Optima EX, and an 8-inch screen with UVO eServices and voice-command navigation is the Optima SX and SX Limited trims. Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto come standard on select Optima trims. Bluetooth wireless hands-free connectivity, a rear camera display, and steering wheel mounted audio controls are all a lineup standard.

Safety Features and Warranty

All the basic features of safety one would expect on a Kia can be found in the 2017 Kia Optima series. There is a dual-stage airbag deployment system, vehicle stability and traction control systems, anti-locking brakes, and LATCH anchors for LATCH-ready child seats. The available advanced features are a surround view monitor (Optima SX Limited only), a blind-spot detection system, rear-cross traffic alert system, autonomous emergency braking, advanced smart cruise control, a forward collision warning system, and a lane departure warning system.

All Kia models are backed by a 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty.

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