We have owned our 2014 Optima LX for over a year now. over all, we are happy with the car. Plenty of power, good cornering, nice ride, very sharp design.
The front passenger seat is very low. I had to buy a cushion for my wife. The back seats are a bit low also. The steering could be a bit firmer. We have the car in for service now with a coolant leak. This is our first Kia so we will see about the reliability. It is fun to drive so I hope it is a keeper.
The Optima does have a sport sedan feel to it and it handles better than many of the midsize sedans that we test drove.
The looks of the car attracted us also.
The interior materials are quite good also.
Our mpg has been good with about 25 in town and 35 on trips.
Higher back seats and front passenger seat
Firmer power steering.
2014 Kia Optima Sedan SXL Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Bought the loaded Optima SXL a year ago for 32k after rebates. The car so far has been a pleasure to own - spacious trunk, soft ride, comfy seats, quiet interior. However, there are some downsides. First of all, the mileage on the turbo is terrible. I drive mostly in the city, and I get 15mpg on average in normal mode. Tried putting it in Eco, but the car becomes completely unresponsive and dangerous. Second, the moonroof takes a lot of space: I'm 5'10 and I repeatedly hit my head on the roof when going over bumps. Finally, Pandora integration is terrible compared to Mazda and Accord. Overall, it's a decent car for the money, but I wish I've gotten Optima Hybrid or new Sonata Eco instead.
The car is packed with enough features to rival luxury brands - ventilated seats, cross traffic alert, HID lights, etc. Soft ride, quiet interior, spacious trunk.
Eco mode is rubbish - the car feels slow and completely unresponsive. UVO system has terrible Pandora integration compared to Mazda and Accord. Mileage leaves much to be desired. Moonroof takes too much space.
2014 Kia Optima Sedan SX Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Working in the car business I see a lot of different cars and my SX Turbo Optima is the best car I have ever seen or owned hands down! I got the Corsa Blue that stands out. I can't tell you how many times I have been stopped and asked what kind of car I drive! The turbo is so fast I'm suprised I haven't gotten any tickets yet! For the money you turely can't beat it!
Everything! From all the options (Heated & Cooled seats, Panoramic Roof, Heated back seats, push button start, back-up camera, the ease of voice commands/bluetooth, and the infinity speakers) to the styling inside and out
The only issues are really minor things. I had to change the foglights to LEDs because they didn't match the Xenon headlights, wish they came standard with remote start. The steering is a little lethargic and the tires only last 25K miles.
We have owned our Optima LX for almost a year now. We are very happy with the car. We like the design, the sporty feel when driving it, and so far we have had no problems.
We were amazed that the car could be purchased for about 20K. Other midsized cars we looked at were 3 or 4 grand more.
Overall, a very good car at a very reasonable price.
The long warranty was also a factor in our purchase.
The small turning circle
Enough power to get you out of tight spots
Reasonable mpg. We get about 25 in town, and 35 on the road.
comfortable and fun to drive.
The front passenger seat is very low. I had to buy a cushion to bring it up.
I would like to see a firmer power steering feel on the wheel.
Have had my 14 Optima LX with the convenience package for a month now and I still smile every time I sit in it. Was not looking to buy a mid size sedan but loved it as soon as I took the first test drive. Steering could be a little stiffer and provide a bit of feedback, and the front passenger seat is way to low without the power upgrade. Have a couple of friends who don't like not being able to see over the dashboard when riding with me. Mileage could be better, but for a mid size car with a trunk I could sleep in its not bad at all. Over all a great car for the price when I walk up to it in a parking lot I still cant believe its a KIA.
Back up camera, UVO system, and steering wheel controls for just about everything are awesome. Comfortable seats all the way around and more than ample trunk space with a large enough opening to get bulky items into the trunk.
Having the ability to turn on the back up camera manually instead of just when in reverse could be helpful in traffic situations. The steering could due with some stiffening and more positive feed back for the driver. Power adjustment, or at least manual height adjustment on the front passenger seat should be standard.