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2014 Kia Optima SX

At a Glance

Pricing $21,500 - $36,300
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.0l I4 T, 2.4l I4, 2.4l I4 HEV
Transmissions A6
Fuel Economy 20-36 (city), 31-40 (highway)

The Kia Optima is a five passenger mid-to-large size sedan that competes with cars like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and its sibling the Hyundai Sonata. A long-running nameplate for Kia, the Optima has steadily improved with each design. The latest Optima, introduced as a 2011 model wears such striking styling that buyers are sure to take notice. Like the Sonata, the Optima foregoes V6 power offering only fuel-efficient, four-cylinder engines in its lineup. A 200-bhp 2.4l four powers most models, but a 274-bhp 2.0l turbo is available in upper trim levels. A six-speed automatic is standard on most models. The Optima comes in three trim levels: LX, EX, and SX. Most buyers will probably opt for the well-equipped EX trim level which includes alloy wheels, power equipment, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery and a power driver's seat. The SX is the sport model and includes the more powerful engine, larger tires and unique upholstery. The Optima range also includes a gasoline/electric hybrid model, but it is not available in all parts of the country.

What Changed:

The 2014 Optima wears updated styling in the front and rear. Trim level and powertrain options remain the same.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Optima LX 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23/34/28 $21,500
Optima LX Convenience Plus 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23/34/28 $22,900
Optima EX 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23/34/28 $23,900
Optima EX Premium 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23/34/28 $27,050
Optima EX Tech, Premium 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23/34/28 $29,050
Optima SX 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23/34/28 $25,250
Optima SX Premium Tech 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23/34/28 $30,400
Optima SX Turbo 2.0l I4 T (274-bhp) A6 FWD 20/31/25 $27,200
Optima SX Turbo Premium Tech 2.0l I4 T (274-bhp) A6 FWD 20/31/25 $32,350
Optima SXL Turbo 2.0l I4 T (274-bhp) A6 FWD 20/31/25 $36,300
Optima Hybrid 2.4l I4 HEV (199-bhp) A6 FWD 36/40/38 TBD
Optima Hybrid EX 2.4l I4 HEV (199-bhp) A6 FWD 35/39/37 TBD