Already one of the most attractive family sedans on the market, the Kia Optima gets a mid-cycle refresh that polishes its looks even further. The Korean sedan also gains more premium amenities and convenience options.
The updated exterior features a revised front fascia with LED headlights, new fog lamps and a touched-up grille, while the rear end sports newly-designed LED tail lamps, updated diffusers and a sweeping trunk lid.
The interior houses more upscale and high-tech amenities. The push button start activates two new displays: a 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and optional HD 8-inch navigation and telematics screen that act as gateways for the car’s UVO eServices, 8-speaker Infinity sound system, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic. An optional new Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system, which includes rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors, improves peace of mind.
The 2014 Optima’s engine lineup consists of a standard 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder unit and a 2.0-liter turbo, which is offered exclusively in the high-spec SX-T variant. Both powerplants are hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring Sportmatic clutchless shifting.
Exclusive to the sporty SX variant, a new Drive Mode Select (DMS) adjusts transmission shift points and steering weight to offer drivers a customizable driving experience.
The updated 2014 Kia Optima goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.