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Kia Optima 2015 Launched In The U.S. Market – What’s New?
Kia launches the 2015 Optima mid-size sedan in the USA!
The hot-selling Optima has received a rather impressive refresh for the 2015 model year that includes a ton of upgraded features and technology.
One of the biggest of those is the latest version of the UVO eServices system.
There are also upgrades to the interior, with the car now having a definite premium look and feel on the inside.
The trim level list for the 2015 Optima is the LX, EX, SX, SX Turbo and SX-Limited
Trim Level Changes
The second-generation UVO eServices system comes standard in the SX-Limited trim level, while being offered as an option on all others except the LX.
The system contains a suite of services designed to let the owner know exactly what is going on with their car, either directly or via smartphone.
The voice-activated system features 4 new additions, including Driving Score, Curfew Alerts, Speed Alerts, and Geo fencing.
The older version that does not include these new services can be had as an option on the LX.
There is still more than enough infotainment services included on that system to make it a very worthwhile addition to the vehicle.
Cruise control buttons on the steering wheel have been moved over to the right-hand side for easier accessibility.
The SX-Limited comes with an incredibly cool looking D-shaped steering wheel that features brushed bezels and white stitching. The LX comes with the option of black cloth.
The Smokey Blue has a metallic finish, while the new Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite colors have been brought in to replace Bright Silver and Metal Bronze, respectively.
The acoustic laminated windshield can now be found on all trim levels and not just the SX-Limited.
Engine Range + Specs
Under the hood, the 2015 Kia Optima comes with a pair of powerful Theta II GDI engines.
The first is the 2.4-liter GDI 4-cylinder, while the other is a 2.0-liter GDI turbo.
The 2.4-liter comes with the LX, EX, and SX trim levels, while the remaining models get the more robust turbo engine.
That particular engine delivers a jolt of V6 type power to a 4-cylinder, and is mated to a 6-speed automatic featuring Sportmatic shifting.
The SX Turbo and SX-Limited remain the only trim levels that offer the Drive Select Mode system – DMS.
DMS allows the driver to choose customized driving experiences by adjusting steering weight and transmission shift points.
2015MY Pricing Start @ $22,450
Despite all of the changes made to the Kia Optima for the 2015 model year, the MSRP pricing remains virtually the same as the outgoing model.
Depending on the trim level you chose, you can expect to see a difference of no more than a couple hundred dollars on average.
The LX and EX see their MSRP rise by about $150 when compared to the previous model, coming in a $22,450 and $24,900, respectively.
The SX model climbs by $200 to a starting price of $28,500. Included in all of those trim levels is a 2.4-liter engine mated to a 6-speed automatic that delivers 192-hp.
The top of the range 2015 Optima SX Turbo and SX-Limited trim levels get the turbo engine that kicks out 274-hp, with both seeing $200 increases to $28,500 and $36,300, respectively.