Kia Optima - Mean, Green, and in Between
In 2011, the Kia Optima underwent a number of interior and exterior makeovers, including a longer wheelbase, expanded cabin space, and redesigned styling. In 2015, the real improvements are found under the hood, with three different engines available for the driver: a mean 274-hp engine, a green Hybrid option, and a base 200-hp engine for in between. Regardless of which engine you choose, you'll look good driving while not having to pay for it with the 2015 Kia Optima.
After feeling the thrust and power of this macho-machine, one might forget that this version of the 2015 Kia Optima is still just a family-sized sedan. The SX and EX Turbo use a turbocharged 274-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to own the road. From the 6-speed automatic transmission and sport-tuned suspension all the way to the electric power steering and paddle shifters, you'll feel the thrill behind the wheel.
For those looking for green both in the environment and the wallet, Kia's first-ever hybrid in the U.S. is available in the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid. This option offers a 2.4L 4-cylinder gasoline engine combined with a 270V lithium polymer battery-operated motor. Using a full parallel hybrid system, speeds of 62 mph can be reached in full-electric drive mode, while gas-electric mode can be used at any speed. With class-leading fuel economy, the Hybrid will give you 35 city mpg and 40 highway.
In Between Optima
The 2015 Kia Optima stays flexible with its base option, for those drivers that are in the middle. The LX and EX come with a modest 200-hp 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder, with both manual and automatic 6-speed transmissions available. Standard safety features include active headrests, traction-control, stability-control, 4-wheel antilock brakes and a tire pressure monitor.
Optima: Affordable Luxury for All
With its state-of-the-art technologies and modern amenities, Kia continues to enhance its image as a luxurious yet affordable brand with the 2015 Kia Optima. With the Optima's Technology Package, drivers can get a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel, HID head lights, a navigation system with back-up camera, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, and power folding outside mirrors.
With three different engine options and perks for pennies, the 2015 Kia Optima is bound to please any driver.