Written by James Hamel

Introduction (Final Score After Eight Categories: B+)

The Kia Optima family sedan has been a runaway hit for this Korean automaker and it’s easy to see why. No, it’s not because it offers a wide range of powertrains to appeal to any driver from the eco-friendly hybrid to the base 2.4 liter 192 horsepower 4-cylinder standard in EX and LX trims or even the riotously powerful 2.0 liter tubocharged 4-cylinder tested here which puts out a class leading 274 horsepower/269 lb. feet of torque. No, what the Optima managed to do since the day it first went on sale was bring true style and elegance to the family sedan class.

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What we Loved about the 2014 Kia Optima

  • The wide range of powertrains, prices and driving experiences available
  • The style both inside and out
  • That turbocharged engine is a true peach


What we Didn’t Love about the 2014 Kia Optima

  • Traction control is way to obtrusive considering what the suspension can handle
  • Drive mode is best left in “sport” if you like to drive enthusiastically
  • The Optima gets really pricey when optioned up fully


To read the full review, visit 2014 Kia Optima Review

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