Entry-level Kia Optima Sedan

General Description:

The 2014 Kia Optima 4-door sedan in its entry-level avatar hosts all new elements that have been incorporated with the model. Be it with the minor adjustment in styling or with the refurbishment of interior features, the car appears more elegant and appealing to the admirers and buyers alike. Equipped with a 2.4L GDI 4-cylinder engine mated to 6-speed automatic transmission, it receives 192 horsepower to handle any driving condition. The fuel efficiency and performance you get with the car is among the best for the mid-size sedan segment, thanks to advanced features like dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and Double Over Head Cam (DOHC).


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You get three trim levels to choose from for the car with standard 2.4L engine. Standard features like 16-in alloy wheels, full power accessories, fog lights, air-conditioning, tilt-and-telescoping steering, cruise control and a lot more come with LX trim. Optional features like laminated front door windows, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, UVO infotainment and voice navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and few others are also available for this trim. The EX trim gives you 17-in alloy wheels, upgraded windows, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, dual zone climate control and lot of other exciting features. You get panoramic sunroof, rear-view camera, etc. as optional with EX. 18-in alloy wheels, LED tail-lights, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters come as standard with SX trim. The technology features of the Optima make it a very popular choice in mid-size sedan segment. An equally good power and comfort of ride just add more value to its selling point.


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Trim Levels: Features, Specification and Options:

The 2014 Optima 4-door sedan is available in three standard trim levels. However, you can opt for optional packages available with the specific trims to add few more amenities at additional cost.

Some of the features include,

  • Exterior:

A.      Body:

  1. Chrome finish exterior door handles (LX, EX, SX)
  2. Sculpted front and rear valence, side sills (SX)
  3. Chrome front grille (LX, EX)
  4. Unique black gloss and chrome front Grille (SX)
  5. Dual chrome exhaust tips (LX, EX, SX)
  6. Power folding outside mirrors (EX/SX: optional)
  7. Solar control glass (LX, EX, SX)
  8. Laminated front door windows (LX: optional, EX, SX)
  9. Auto light control (LX, EX, SX)
  10. Projector beam headlights (LX, EX, SX)
  11. Front fog lights, bulb-type (LX, EX, SX)
  12. Positioning lights, LED (SX)
  13. Rear combination lamps, LED (SX)
  14. Variable intermittent wind-shield wipers (LX, EX, SX)
  15. Heated rear glass with timer (LX, EX, SX)
  16. Locking fuel-filler door (LX, EX, SX)

B.      Wheels: 16-in alloy wheels (LX)

  1. 17-in alloy wheels (EX)
  2. 18-in alloy wheels w/machined finish (SX)

C.      Length X Width X Height (in): 190.7 X 72.0 X 57.1
D.      Ground Clearance (in): 5.1
E.       Tires: 

  1. 205/65R16 (LX)
  2. 215/55R17 (EX)
  3. 225/45R18 (SX)
  4. Spare tire – temporary spare tire (standard)

F.       Wheelbase (in): 110.0
G.     Track (Front X Rear – in):

  1. 63.0 X 63.0 (LX)
  2. 62.8 X 62.8 (EX)
  3. 62.6 X 62.6 (SX)
  • Interior:

A.      Amenities:

  1. SiriusXM audio system (LX/EX/SX)
  2. 6-speakers (LX/EX/SX)
  3. UVO eServices infotainment system (optional)
  4. Voice command navigation system (EX/SX: optional)
  5. Blind spot detection system (EX/SX: optional)
  6. Bluetooth connectivity (LX/EX/SX)
  7. Cruise control w/ steering-wheel controls (LX/EX/SX)
  8. USB/auxiliary input jack (LX/EX/SX)
  9. Steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters (SX)
  10. Supervision meter cluster (SX)
  11. Active eco system (LX/EX/SX)
  12. Tilt and telescopic steering column (LX/EX/SX)
  13. Power windows w/ driver one touch auto down (LX)
  14. Power windows w/ driver & front passenger auto down (EX,SX)
  15. Air conditioning (LX)
  16. Dual-zone automatic temperature control (EX,SX)
  17. Auto-dimming mirror (LX:optional, EX/SX: standard)
  18. Cloth seat trim (LX)
  19. Leather seat trim (EX,SX)
  20. Leather wrapped steering-wheel (EX,SX)
  21. 6-way adjustable driver’s seat w/ power limber support (LX)
  22. 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat (EX,SX)

B.      Dimensions:

  1. Head Room (Front/Rear – in): 40.0/37.6
  2. Shoulder Room (Front/Rear – in): 57.3/55.7
  3. Leg Room (Front/Rear – in): 45.5/34.7
  4. Hip Room (Front/Rear – in): 54.7/54.5
  5. Passenger Volume (cu ft): 102.2
  6. Cargo Volume (cu ft): 15.4
  • Engine: 2.4L, GDI, 4-cylinder (6-speed automatic, shiftable)
  • Horsepower: 192 hp @ 6,300 rpm
  • Torque: 181 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy (City/Highway MPG): 23/34
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal): 18.5
  • Color: The 2014 Optima offers a range of exciting colors to choose from.
  • Base Price:
  1. MSRP $21,500 (LX)
  2. MSRP $23,950 (EX)
  3. MSRP $25,500 (SX)



Some of the standard safety features of Optima sedan include the following,

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Child seat anchors
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Front fog/driving lights
  • Auto delay off headlamps
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • 2 front headrests
  • 2 rear headrests
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Rear center 3-point belt
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brake-force distribution
  • Emergency interior trunk release
  • Front multi-adjustable headrests
  • Rear height adjustable headrests
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Dual front advanced impact airbags


Driving Experience:


With fairly spacious cabin and sufficient head, leg and shoulder room, driving is very comfortable. The interior amenities are conveniently accessible for the driver. The powerful engine and responsive transmission work smoothly to give you a riding experience that’s expected from a car of this segment. The steering is steady and the gears are easy to operate. The car accelerates well enough to give you a sporty ride experience in city and highway conditions. You get the best in class fuel efficiency with the car. Overall it gives you a very good feel to drive an Optima sedan.



The Kia Optima competes head to head with the likes of Nissan Altima SV, Honda Accord Sport and 2014 Mazda 6 in keenly contested mid-size sedan segment.

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