2015 Kia Optima

2015 Kia Optima is not significantly changed for this model year. Its changes include some tech improvements, and some changes made on trims, include the change of name for SX Limited, which is now called SXL. Optima has always been one of the best looking sedans, both inside and out, and its overall modern design allows it to keep pace with recently redesigned competitors.

2015 Kia Optima Front

2015 Kia Optima trims and features

It comes available in four trim levels, including LX, EX, SX and SXL, and same amount of packages. Equipment packages include Convenience Plus Package (LX), Technology Package (EX, SX), Premium Package (EX, SX) and Premium Technology Package (SX).

16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, power locks and windows, cruise and climate control, a power height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and sound system with 6-speakers, CD player, satellite radio, AUX input and an iPod/USB interface are standard features on base LX trim.

Further  down the line, the 2015 Kia Optima EX models comes with upgraded windows, power driver seat and auto-dimming mirror, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless access and start, t-zone automatic A/C, rear air-conditioning vents and leather upholstery.

The SX trim is slightly different than the previous EX. It comes packed with 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, LED tail lamps, enhanced gauges and steering-wheel paddle shifters.

2015 Kia Optima SXL gets unique 18-inch wheels, special interior and exterior trim, LED foglights, an power parking brake and premium leather seats.

2015 Kia Optima Rear

2015 Kia Optima performance and mpg

2015 Kia Optima comes with two engines under its hood. Majority of the Optima’s line-up, is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that has an output of 192 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Standard engine for the top trim, SXL, is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 274 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged engine is also available as optional for SX trim. 6-speed automatic transmission is the only choice, and it transfers the engine power to front-wheels.

Depending on engine, EPA estimated fuel economy 23/34/27 mpg city/hwy/combined for the base, and 20/31/24 mpg for turbocharged.

2015 Kia Optima Interior

2015 Kia Optima competition

Ford Fusion and Honda Accord are closest rivals for 2015 Kia Optima, due to the fact that both have very similar specs. Second closest line of competitors includes Mazda 6 and Nissan Altima, while the crowded segment of competition imposes even more opponents.

2015 Kia Optima price and release

Starting price of 2015 Kia Optima LX is $21 650, which can be upgraded with Convenience Plus Package at a price of $1 600. Optima EX starts at $24 100, while with two equipment packs it can be increased by $5 700 (Technology Package – $2 400 and Premium Package at $3 300). Base price of the SX depends on engine choice you make. With standard power unit (2.4-liter four-cylinder) it costs $25 700, while turbocharged engine increases price by $2 000. Equipment packs also depend on engine, so with turbocharged, Kia Optima buyers can choose between Technology Package and Premium Package, the base engine Optima SX gives you one Package choice – Premium Technology Package which costs $4,600. At the end, SLX price is $35 500. Kia already released its 2015 Optima, and it is already available on the markets around the globe.

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