2014 Kia Optima was treated to slight updates to keep up with the swiftly changing family sedan class. In a statement, Kia revealed that the 2014 Kia Optima has a base price of $22,300 (which includes destination costs) for the LX model with a six-speed automatic transmission. This is $150 higher than the 2013 model.
The Optima is already a very stylish midsize sedan but Kia gave it a subtly redesigned front and rear fascias together with new alloy wheels. Its interior also got several revisions, including new brushed metal, black high gloss, and chrome trim all through the interior. It has been fitted with a bigger 4.2-inch LCD information screen for the gauge cluster. The SX Turbo models get a revised D-shaped steering wheel.
There are four trim levels available for the 2014 Kia Optima. At the bottom is the LX model that’s priced at $22,300. The price tag on the EX model says that it is $24,700 ($250 more expensive than the current model). The EX features a standard keyless entry and pushbutton start system aside from its previously standard features such as leather seats and dual-zone climate control. Even if the SX model was formerly only offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2014 SX comes with the same 200hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder as LX and EX models.
The SX, which costs $26,050 SX, comes with a sport-tuned suspension, a set of 18-inch wheels, LED taillights, paddle shifters, and metal pedals. The 2014 SX Turbo model, with a starting price of $28,000, features HID headlights as well as the 274 hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine.
The range-topping SX Limited trim has a starting price of $37,100 and is equipped with a set of special 18-inch chrome wheels and chrome trim, power folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, Nappa leather, and navigation as standard equipment. The optional packages available for the 2014 model are generally the same as the outgoing model. However, Kia adds a blind spot detection system to the $2000 Technology Package on EX and SX Turbo models as well as the Premium Technology Package on the SX model that costs $5150.
The enhancements continue inside the cabin of the brand-new 2014 Optima, as drivers are welcomed with more upscale and high-tech luxuries. Actuating the Optima's push button ignition breathes life into two new displays: a 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument group and optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation and telematics screen, highlighting UVO eServices, an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic. Brand-new seat designs guarantee a smooth drive in the robust and energetic sedan, while an optional new Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system, which incorporates rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors, enhance convenience and relaxation.
Each 2014 Kia Optima comes well-furnished with a lavish list of standard components. The LX trim offers double exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, exterior mirror turn signal indicators, front fog lights, exterior heated mirrors, chrome highlighted exterior door handles and new 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires and a six-speed automatic transmission. The volume-leading EX trim offers bigger 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with 215/55R17 tires, leather seats, 8-way power movable driver's seat, and illuminated front cup holders.
Moving to the SX trim, clients will discover elegant and new 18-inch polished alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tires, distinct front and rear lower bumpers, side sills, and aero wiper blades. The SX-T integrates HID headlights with auto leveling. Opting for the state-of-the-art Limited trim leads Optima to another level of energetic sleekness, including distinct 18-inch chrome wheels, new LED fog lights, red brake calipers, an electronic stopping brake, chrome highlighted side sills, and premium Nappa leather seats.
Dynamic and Efficient Powertrains
The all-new 2014 Optima is available with two potent Theta II powerplants highlighting gasoline direct injection (GDI) innovation: a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine. A 2.4-liter hybrid powertrain is likewise available. The 2.4-liter GDI engine is available on LX, EX and SX models while the more potent 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine is offered only to the SX. This turbo-charged unit conveys V6-type potency with a four-cylinder’s effectiveness.