Kia was offering thousands of $$ in customer cash, plus a military veteran's bonus, for leasing. Then I went to work on the dealer, and got the lowest possible money factor (interest rate) and highest residual value. After some haggling, I got the dealer down on their sale price. The point of all this explanation is to say I got a great deal on a really well-built car. I think the Kias are a great value for the money, are well-built, and have a solid warranty.
After having 4 sorentos, I decided to try a sedan and went with the Optima, Great looks, handling and comfort, only downfall is the 2.4 isnt the fastest, wish I had the 2.0 turbo, I wish Kia would use the 3.3 v6.
I just upgraded from my 2014 Kia Optima SX / tech package. To the new 2017 Kia Optima SXL I must say Wow what a big Difference. 2014 Optima was not bad for its age but this new one beats it in every way possible. Yes it has less HP but it seems quicker you get 260 hp tourq at very low 1350 rpm compare to previous which came in about 1650rpm . The New sport,eco,normal modes compared to to previous gen are realy,realy good and noticeable. Steering is better interior cabin is much much quieter plus more roomy . Technology in this new Optima is outstanding I love the smart cruise control , Auto hold and atnomuse breaking all these safety tech features have been engaged at some point of my driving since I owned it . Thank god nothing has happen to me or the car . Only thing I don't like about the car very small and very hardly noticeable if you are a picky person like me . That are the Kia kick plates or cup holder they no longer illuminate , the instrument cluster gadeged no longer go all the way to max RPM upon start of the car. Last but not least thier is a bit of engine noise in the cabin when flooring the the car at low rpms not a bad thing sometimes it's kinda annoys me . Other then those little inprofections the car is great!