2014 Kia Optima SX

At a Glance

Pricing $21,650 - $35,500
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.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI MSRP
Optima LX 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23 / 34 / 28 $21,650
Optima LX Convenience Plus 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23 / 34 / 28 $23,250
Optima EX 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23 / 34 / 28 $24,100
Optima EX Premium 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23 / 34 / 28 $27,400
Optima EX Tech, Premium 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23 / 34 / 28 $31,800
Optima SX 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23 / 34 / 28 $25,700
Optima SX Premium Tech 2.4l I4 (192-bhp) A6 FWD 23 / 34 / 28 $30,300
Optima SX Turbo 2.0l I4 T (274-bhp) A6 FWD 20 / 31 / 25 $27,700
Optima SX Turbo Premium Tech 2.0l I4 T (274-bhp) A6 FWD 20 / 31 / 25 $33,400
Optima SXL Turbo 2.0l I4 T (274-bhp) A6 FWD 20 / 31 / 25 $35,500
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