The Kia Company has a history of innovation and experimentation. The 2014 Optima line of sedans has incorporated two turbo engine models into the rollout, whereas the 2013 lineup included two hybrids. The Optima LX and EX Hybrid models have been well received as local run-about cars that can run on regular unleaded gasoline or electricity, but with a maximum output of 62 miles per hour, leave a bit to be desired for extended highway use. The turbo function of the 2014 SX and SLX models boosts the horsepower to 274 hp, and the torque to 269 lb-ft, and only decreases the fuel efficiency by three miles per gallon in city use estimates, and three miles per gallon on the highway.
The 2014 Kia Optima lineup also incorporates luxury quality convenience features into standard equipment for all models, such as a telescopic tilt steering wheel with embedded controls for the audio system, hands free phone, and cruise control; AM/FM radio with Sirius XM, USB port and auxiliary input jacks; an active Eco system, trip computer, interior lighting with delay, cooling glove box, dual map lights, and overhead sunglasses holder. There are also variables in the standard features, such as: the LX model has been granted the one-touch down window feature for the driver, while all other models have the one-touch up and down feature for both the driver and front passenger.
Safety Ratings and Features
The Kia Optimas are proud recipients of awards from the EPA for excellence in pollution control, the International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) for excellent crash-test results.
Their extensive list of safety features are standard equipment for all of their Optima models, and include: dual front advanced airbags, dual front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags; impact absorbing steering column; three-point seat belts for all seating positions, front seat belt pretensions, lower anchors and tethers for children; rear child-safety door locks; side impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones; 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS, vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist system, hill start assist control, tire pressure monitoring system; and an internal emergency trunk release.
Kia has received awards for being one of the "Top Best 100 Global Brands" and one of the "Top Best 50 Global Green Brands;" the "California Excellence Award" from the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce for its contributions to the local community; along with the "Most Satisfying Vehicles on the Road" award for both the Optima and the Sportage.