2014 Kia Optima SX Limited

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The 2014 Kia Optima SX Limited made its debut at the New York International Auto Show and offers a sporty package for the mid-sized sedan market.

The Kia Optima line is the best-selling line for the Korean automaker and the SX Limited model offers a more upscale feel. The cars styling has subtle details that set it apart from the other cars in the model’s lineup.

The SX Limited offers a high performing engine and a lot of tech goodies. The more powerful engine option is given away with styling cues such as larger chrome alloy wheels, red brake calipers and chrome accents. Kia is hoping that this model will help give the car a bit more excitement than the lower level cars in the model’s lineup.

The design of the car was out of Frankfurt Germany to help ensure a pleasing European design. The Limited is styled to compete with sporty mid-size sedans from Europe and Japan and looks like it will give them a run for their money.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Optima SX Limited.

Exterior

Kia Optima SX Limited

The Kia Optima SX Limited has a more aggressive and sporty exterior from the lower end cars in the Optima line. The Limited model comes with larger 18-inch chrome alloy wheels covering red colored brake calipers. Beyond this, it has a more aggressively styled front and rear end as well as LED fog lights. Also, to add to the sportiness, it comes with dual exhaust accented with stylish chrome tips.

Standard Exterior Features

  • 18 inch tires w/alloy wheels
  • Dual exhaust w/ chrome tip
  • Outside heated mirrors w/ turn-signal indicators
  • Solar glass
  • Body-color side molding
  • Chrome/Body-color exterior door handles
  • Projection-style headlights
  • HID headlights
  • LED rear combination lamps
  • LED positioning lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Tinted glass w/windshield sunshade band

Interior

Kia Optima SX Limited

The Limited model offers Napa leather seats to help ensure buyers feel like they are in a higher end car. To help keep the driver in as much comfort as possible the car comes with an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

In a mid-size sedan cup holders are a big deal and the Optima SX Limited comes with illuminated front cup holders, so you can see where to put your soda even when driving in the dark.

Overall, the interior is sport-inspired, giving the driver a sports-car-like feel in a mid-sized sedan. The steering wheel is leather trimmed and offers the driver plenty of grip.

Standard Interior Features

  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system
  • Six speakers w/door-mounted tweeters
  • USB/auxiliary input jacks
  • Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio control buttons
  • Push button start w/ Smart Key
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • D-shaped steering wheel
  • Drive Mode Control
  • Supervision meter cluster w/4.3" TFT LCD display
  • Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control w/ionized air filtration
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Power windows w/driver’s/passenger’s one touch auto up and down
  • Power door locks w/remote keyless entry
  • Dual map lights w/sunglasses holder
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/ HomeLink
  • Cooling glove box

Drivetrain

Kia Optima SX Limited

There are two engines offered in the Kia Optima SX Limited, a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine and a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine.

Horsepower and performance figures have not yet been released, but they are promising the performance of a six cylinder engine from their turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The current 2.4 liter engine offers 200 horsepower and the 2.0 liter turbocharged engine offers 274 horsepower, so it is a pretty safe bet that the new car will at least match those numbers.

Engine Option2.4L four-cylinder engine GDI
Engine Option2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder GDI
Transmission6-speed automatic transmission w/ Sportmatic™

Suspension and Brakes

Kia Optima SX Limited

Kia has an interesting option system for the SX Limited that allows the driver to set the sport-tuned suspension settings to their liking. This allows the driver to set the car to a firmer ride when they want to take it on a nice twisty road or a softer ride when driving the family around town. A set of 225/45R18 tires help to keep you glued to the road when you choose to drive a nice curvy road.

Pricing

The SX Limited will be available for sale in the Fall of 2013. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

Competition

Mazda6

Mazda6

The Mazda6 offers up to 184 horsepower with a Skyactiv-G 2.5 liter engine in 2014 that will help give the car a nice feel. While not the most powerful sedan, it still feels like it has sufficient kick. Where the Mazda6 makes its mark is its 38 mpg on the highway.

A diesel variant of the Mazda6, which uses a 2.2-liter engine, is set to arrive in the U.S. sometime in the 2014 model year, but no performance numbers are available yet. We do know in Europe that it ranges from 148 to 173 horsepower and 280 to 309 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, it delivers a hybrid-killing 50 mpg.

Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion offers up to 237 horsepower from a 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine that helps give the car very good performance. It also offers a stylish design that helps to set it apart from other cars in the segment.

Conclusion

The 2014 Kia Optima SX Limited offers a sportier option over the standard car and will give someone looking for a practical yet good performing car something to enjoy. The car has really started to come into its own with European inspired styling and looks to have the performance to match its looks.

LOVE IT
  • European styling
  • Sporty feel
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  • No pricing
  • No performance figures

Press Release

Kia Optima SX Limited

Kia Motors America (KMA), one of America’s fastest-growing car companies over the last five years1, unveiled a significantly updated version of its best-selling Optima mid-size sedan today at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Just three years ago, Kia turned the automotive world on its head when the Peter Schreyer-penned Optima mid-size sedan was unveiled at the 2010 NYIAS. Since that time, Optima has become Kia’s sales leader, selling more than 150,000 units last year and gaining worldwide acclaim for its European-inspired design and fun-to-drive performance. The 2014 Optima, built in the U.S.* at Kia’s West Point, Ga., facility (KMMG), arrives with updated front and rear fascias, retaining the vehicle’s dynamic and sporty proportions. Available in LX, EX, SX and SX-Limited trims, the Optima’s new premium amenities and convenience options make Optima an impressive player in the competitive mid-size sedan segment. The 2014 Optima is expected to arrive in Kia retail showrooms in the third quarter of the year, and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.

“With the latest version of the Optima, Kia continues to advance value to new levels of sophistication, offering mid-size sedan consumers new premium amenities and convenience upgrades, as well as a refinement of the world-class design that so completely transformed our brand,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. “The Optima is the cornerstone of Kia’s design evolution and epitomizes the brand’s goal of building highly-captivating, value-positioned vehicles.”

Kia Optima SX Limited

Improvement of an Already Iconic Design

In a mid-size sedan segment long dominated by function over desirability, the 2014 Optima cements the model’s status as a trailblazer of combining style and substance in an affordably priced vehicle. Refining the Optima’s sculpted, high-end appearance, Kia’s Frankfurt-based design team improved the vehicle’s front and rear fascias and the brand’s signature tabbed grille. The vehicle’s bold stance and aerodynamic shape are further accentuated by updated rear diffusers and a sweeping trunk lid. Lighting up the European-inspired design are striking front LED positioning and fog lights, along with clear, newly designed LED rear lamps.

The improvements continue within the cabin of the 2014 Optima, as drivers are greeted with more upscale and high-tech amenities. Activating the Optima’s push button ignition brings two new displays to life: a 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation and telematics screen, featuring UVO eServices, an 8-speaker Infinity®2 sound system, HD Radio™®3, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio4 and SiriusXM Traffic™4. All-new seat designs ensure a comfortable drive in the powerful and spirited sedan, while an optional new Blind Spot Detection (BSD)5 system, which includes rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors, improve convenience and peace of mind.

Every 2014 Optima comes well equipped with a generous roster of standard features. The LX trim offers dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, exterior mirror turn signal indicators, front fog lights, exterior heated mirrors, chrome accented exterior door handles and new 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires and a six-speed automatic transmission. The volume-leading EX trim offers larger 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with 215/55R17 tires, leather seats, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and illuminated front cup holders. Moving to the SX trim, consumers will find stylish new 18-inch polished alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tires, unique front and rear lower bumpers and side sills, aero wiper blades. The SX-T includes HID headlights with auto leveling. Elevating to the top-of-the-line Limited trim brings Optima to another level of sporty refinement, adding unique 18-inch chrome wheels, new LED fog lights, red brake calipers, an electronic parking brake, chrome accented side sills, and premium Nappa leather seats.

Kia Optima SX Limited

Dynamic and Efficient Powertrains

The 2014 Optima is available with two powerful Theta II powerplants featuring gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology: a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine. A 2.4-liter hybrid powertrain is also available. The 2.4-liter GDI engine is available on LX, EX and SX models while the more robust 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine is offered exclusively to the SX. This turbo-charged unit delivers V6-type power with a four-cylinder’s efficiency. Each engine choice is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring Sportmatic® clutchless shifting. New for the 2014 Optima, and exclusive to the sporty SX variant, is Drive Mode Select (DMS), which adjusts transmission shift points and steering weight, offering owners a customizable driving experience.


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