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Kia Optima May Get a Name Change – Say What?


After getting a good look at the new 2021 Kia Optima and some of the tech options that will be available in the new Optima, word is it might be time for a change to the name. The new Kia Optima definitely doesn’t look like it did in previous model years, and nearly everyone online seems to be referring to it as the K5, the name given to the Optima in its homeland. The automaker has already changed their signature tiger-nose grille into a tiger face front fascia – perhaps a few vehicles are due for a new title. Such conspiracies have been piqued by the automaker filing patents for a new logo in Korea, and the Optima may just adopt the Korean market’s K5 moniker on a global scale.

Hmm…not sure how we feel about this one. Although this could help clear up some of the confusion of what the model is called in terms of international sales, the Optima is known very well in America. In fact, the Kia Optima sedan is among the brand’s best-selling models in the United States. American consumers know the Kia Optima name, we’ve known it for years. It’s a real word, the plural form of “optimum”, meaning the best or most favorable. It’s not a jumble of letters and numbers.

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