When it comes to sedans, there is a lot of competition with little variation between rivals. These days, it’s not hard to find a sedan that is reasonably priced, comfortable, and backed by proven safety features.
The differences between these class-competitors can be hard to discern. Fortunately, the 2015 Kia Optima distinguishes itself from the rest with its stylish, sculpted looks and impressive trim levels.
Stop by and check out your Kia dealers Miami showroom and see for yourself why the 2015 Kia Optima offers something a little different in a segment increasingly lumped together as the same.
Four Fun Trim Levels with Perk-Filled Packages
Everyone loves options, and the Kia Optima has plenty of them. Available in four trim levels, the 2015 Kia Optima offers various standard and optional features across the LX, EX, SX, and SXL (formerly known as the SX Limited) trims.
The LX redefines the idea of a base level model, and features a serious variety of standard bells and whistles, including exterior details like fog lights, heated mirrors, and sixteen-inch alloy wheels. Interior perks include power accessories, A/C, cruise control, and driver comforts like a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and power adjustable driver seat. Drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the LX’s connectivity and entertainment, thanks to Bluetooth phone and audio, and a six-speaker sound system, able to blast tunes from the CD player, satellite radio or iPod through its USB and auxiliary audio ports.
For a little more driver comfort and convenience, treat yourself to the Convenience Package, which provides an eight-way power driver seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rearview camera, which is as much a safety feature as a touch of convenience.
The EX has much of the same, but ups the ante with keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, rear A/C vents, leather interior, and seventeen-inch alloy wheels.
Punch up your EX (EX, not ex) with the EX Premium package and enjoy fun features like a sunroof, rearview camera, eight-speaker Infinity sound system, equipped with HD radio. The EX Premium package brings the heat – literally – and enhances comfort through a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated seats in the front, and heated seats in the back, an ideal trio for cold-climate driving.
If tech is your thing, boost the Premium package with the available Technology package, which gives you added safety and convenience features like rear-cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a blind-spot monitoring system. Basically, it’s like having eyes in the back of your head, which is invaluable when you’re trying to back out of a packed parking lot.
Moving on up, we’ve got the SX trim, which takes all the benefits of the EX Package, and adds to it a sport-tuned suspension, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, LED taillights, and bigger 18-inch wheels.
A turbocharged option really kicks things up a notch, and decks out the Optima with a sporty steering wheel, complemented by selectable drive modes, and xenon headlights. You can even enhance all of this by purchasing either the Premium or Technology package featured on the EX, depending on your driving druthers.
Not interested in a turbo shot? You can still boost your SX with the Premium Technology package, which combines all of the perks from the Premium and Technology packages in the EX trim.
If you’re a nothing-but-the-best kind of consumer, then you’ll need the SXL. If the Optima was an apartment, the SXL would be the penthouse.
With the SXL, you get absolutely everything from the turbocharged EX, with the addition of LED foglights, beautiful high-end leather upholstery, and an electronic parking brake, all perched atop 18-inch wheels.
A Performance-Driven Sedan: The Optima Means Business
Regardless of trim level, the Kia Optima is a front-wheel drive vehicle, operated by a six-speed automatic transmission, with trim-dependent engine options.
In the LX, EX, and SX, you’ve got the standard engine in a 2.4-liter four-cylinder able to get 192 horsepower with 181 lb.-ft. of torque.
The SX can also be outfitted with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, generating 274 horsepower with 269 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the standard engine fare for the SXL.
Fuel economy is determined by the engine, with the EPA estimating the 2.4-liter getting 23 city and 34 highway miles per gallon, and the turbocharged flagging slightly due to its enhanced power, with an estimated 20 city and 31 highway miles per gallon.
According to Edmunds, the Optima returned average times in the zero to sixty miles per hour test. The EX came in at 8.9 seconds, and the turbocharged SX made it in 7.5 seconds.
But, when it comes to family sedans, there are certainly more important metrics than a speedy takeoff. You’re not intending to drag race your neighbor to the carpool line at school, are you?
Top Rated Safety Features Meet Affordability
If you’re looking for a family sedan, safety is certainly a priority. Fortunately, the 2015 Kia Optima has been designed with this in mind.
Government crash tests should provide all the assurance consumers need when it comes to the Optima’s top-rated safety performance.
Earning the highest rating of five stars for overall safety performance, the Optima specifically received five stars for total front-impact and total side-impact crash protection.
More safety success followed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s assessment, in which the Optima came away with the top score of “Good,” following successful moderate-overlap frontal-offset, roof-strength, side-impact, and whiplash tests.
Safety on the road is invaluable. With its tried and true safety ratings, the Kia Optima is competitively priced at the starting MSRP of $21,840.
The 2015 Kia Optima features an enhanced version of the Microsoft-backed Uvo, short for “your voice,” voice-activated media system. First introduced in 2010, this latest iteration offers even more cutting-edge tech for your convenience, entertainment, and safety.
Synched up to your smartphone, the Uvo system allows you to track and monitor your car’s systems and maintenance needs.
Paired with Google, the upgraded Uvo system offers a handy new device called Parking Minder. Forget where you parked? No problem!
With Parking Minder, your smartphone alerts you to the location of your Optima.
And, if your parking spot happens to be at a meter, you’ll want to avoid getting slapped with an expired meter ticket. The Parking Minder lets you set an alarm warning you before the time is up, allowing you to either refill the machine or move your car before that meter maid makes her rounds.
As convenient as these features are, there is a potential lifesaving component to this Uvo system. Should you get in a crash, the system will alert 911, unless you cancel the automated request and you only have ten seconds to do so.
How much does all this cost?
Nothing. This is a free service, courtesy of Kia. Genius generosity!
Kia-Exclusive Protection and Peace of Mind
An industry leader when it comes to warranty programs, the exclusive Kia 10-Year or 100,000-Mile warranty program offers a 10-Year or 100,000-Mile limited powertrain warranty, 5-Year or 60,000-Mile limited basic warranty, 5-Year or 100,000-Mile limited anti-perforation warranty, a 5-Year or 60,000-Mile roadside assistance plan, and Trip Interruption Policy.
Coverage lasts until the you exceed the stated mileage or surpass the number of years on the road.
Additionally, this warranty program covers repairs made by Kia service technicians.
Although this sedan is one of many in an ever-growing, ever-competitive class, the 2015 Kia Optima exceeds expectations and stands out from the crowd.