2014 Kia Optima User Reviews

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2014 Kia Optima SX TurboReview
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Beyond It's Class! —

In our search for a stylish but sporty looking sedan & importantly having safety in mind, we originally looked at the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. Expanding the search, just to see if there were any others to consider, brought us to include the Kia Optima in an eye opening experience after test driving it for comparison. After great consideration between all 3 models, the Kia Optima SX Turbo won hands down because of having the looks and premium option features that made it a no-brainer to purchase. Being a die-hard Ford owner for years made it a very difficult choice but the warranty especially became a tipping point in the decision making process. Ford needs to wake up because 3yrs/36,000 mi. warranties are stone age in my eyes now. That narrowed the choice between the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata, both of which had the 5yr/60,000 bumper to bumper and 10yr/100,000 drivetrain warranties. Although the Sonata was very comparable in many ways my daughter (college student) noticed a lot of older drivers in the Sonata. The Optima's were being predominantly driven by a younger crowd. Funny enough, I saw her observations were true and so that became the last nail in the Sonata coffin. The Kia Optima SX amazes one if you're not over-expecting this car to be something that it's not. It's not a sports car, but the 2.0L Turbo model we purchased has excellent get up & go. The handling is just right for a sedan, which is hard to believe. We decided on going the full monty and got both the premium and technology packages.This added greatly to the MSRP, but after doing so, I could see it was well worth it. While sitting inside, you just notice more & more & more conveniences. We cannot speak about reliability because the car is too new, but we're so glad that our month of homework and shopping has brought us to purchasing a vehicle that is leaving the others in our rear view mirror. UPDATE: We've just turned 16,000 miles and the car is better than imagined. We are pleased that we made the right decision in choosing the Optima SX Turbo over any of the other Manufacturers comparable models. We've had no problems except for water entering the tail light which was replaced under warranty during our recent 15K servicing. It was a sealed LED unit so that's why it was replaced completely - a $500+ part no less - crazy what lights go for on newer cars with these LED's. As typical with OEM tires (Hankook - Korean tire of course like the car), they were terrible in the rain and had signs of above normal wear for the low miles we had on them. I bought dedicated Michelin snow tires for the winter and the Optima handled snow with great assurance. In May ('15), I bought a set of Continental PureContact w/ecoplus technology and the car just handles like a whole new vehicle. Tire response around corners is really amazing and they go through rain like it wasn't even there. Will update again!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: This car is called a sedan but it feels like a sport model when your sitting inside and looks sleek like one on the exterior. The engineering and styling is an absolute winning combination.

Cons: None

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2014 Kia Optima LXReview
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Great — So far I love it heads turn when I pull up. The base model comes with a lot of features. It handles like a dream I'm still trying to break him in so far only 397 miles on it. the interior is top notch.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: The Styling and handling is top notch

Cons: I don't like the kia emblems

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2014 Kia Optima SXL TurboReview
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Very Awsome Vehicle — My wife and I traded in our 2008 Town and Country on this vehicle. My wife loves it. Its sporty looking but great on gas mileage. Acceleration is fantastic. Handling is almost like its on rails. We have the 10 yr / 100000 warranty. I would definitely recommend this vehicle to my friends.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: wife LOVES IT

Cons: electronic brake assist takes getting use to.

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2014 Kia Optima EXReview
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It's A Good Car — It's a good car at a reasonable price. It's very functional and I would recommend it. It gets good gas milage and rides smooth. I wish they had more color choices though. We got gray but it shows dirt a lot.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Good value

Cons: Some features that cost extra, cost too much

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2014 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review
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drove it did not like the interior or how it handle
vs2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Limited FWD
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2014 Kia Optima Review
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Looks nice, GREAT pick-up. A bit much wiggle-room in the steering wheel & I didnt like the lack of headroom for the driver & low seating in the passenger seat.
vs2013 Toyota Prius Five
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2014 Kia Optima EX Review
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Sporty, technology is good, drives, and handles very good. 4 cylinder is surprisingly powerful.
vs2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT
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Handling Ranked 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT worse.
"Kia is wider, and lower to ground. Suspension is better. It handles better."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT worse.
"Kia has a large, deep trunk. You can also put the back seats down, and add more cargo space."
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Reviews From Other Years

2015 Kia Optima Reviews

Great Bang For The Buck! By The2388

Great car for personal use or commuting for work! Very roomy interior and trunk for family and "stuff"! Amazing speakers and sound system! Excellent Bluetooth phone operations with phone log memory f... Read More

2013 Kia Optima Reviews

Too Much Plastic, Not Good Quality By Ms_Illusion_1974

this car is NOTHING like I had researched on, the one I got is definitely a bad nightmare, handles terrible,, mediocre gas mileage- the steering is a danger , as it drifts left to right,, you have to ... Read More

Hard To Find Such A Great Value Anywhere Else By Patrick

Overall a great car, has options that European luxury cars don't have at twice the price, drives well, looks good. Feels a small bit underpowered and would like to see better gas mileage if not a more... Read More

2012 Kia Optima Reviews

Great Car!!! By migration_Qshaq87

The car drives better than expected! This was the only four cylinder I felt had enough power! The ride is sporty and confidence inspiring. With the amount of awards it has won and how much it has chan... Read More

The Car Is Nice By MichalSokolov

I'm extremely satisfied with that car! It drives very well, looking great and interior is nice! Fuel economy is also very nice and efficient. Maintanence cost is pretty cheap - it's not a BMW or Merc... Read More

2011 Kia Optima Reviews

Never Been In The Shop For Any Type Of Repair. Gas Milage Is Great. I Average 28-29 Mpg By KBarber_1234

Fun car to drive. kick it in manual and it feels like a sports car. traction control work awesome in the snow. I test drove the 2.0 turbo and with this 2.4L high output engine, I didn't feel much diff... Read More

Fun, Fast, And Reliable By joel0981

I love everything, speed and handling. Small motor with big bite. Shift able automatic and very nice navigation system with rear view camer. But sad to see it didn't come out in manual. Hopefully one ... Read More

2009 Kia Optima Reviews

Kia Optima: Good Value Family Car By fisheral

Talk about value for the money. This car has been a good and relatively reliable all around family car with plenty of comfortable space for four (sometimes five). Looked at Accord, Fusion and Sonata... Read More

My View Of Kia Cars/corporation Has Gone Way Up After Buying This Car. By MrBigFish1959

Love it! The car is smooth, quiet, & dependable, with good mpg & enough bells and whistles to make it fun to drive. Great buy! Highly recommended! Read More

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