2015 kia optima lx review

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2015 Kia Optima

Retail Price

$21,840 - $35,500MSRP / Window Sticker Price

Engine2.4L I-4
MPG23 City / 34 Hwy
Seating5 Passengers
Transmission6-spd w/OD
Power192 @ 6300 rpm
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Kia Optima

Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.

0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.

Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.

Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.

Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.

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The 2020 Kia Optima has attractive styling and compelling content, but it struggles to stand out among more desirable classmates. The flashy family sedan offers a smorgasbord of distinct engines and hybrid powertrains, but neither its performance nor fuel economy rise above average. The Kia has an unrivaled powertrain warranty and excellent safety ratings, but its back seat is smaller than some rivals and hybrid models have reduced trunk space. On the other hand, it has a well-built interior and plenty of standard driver-assistance technology. Still, the 2020 Optima is a sufficient option for families that want a sedan and that don't care about driving verve.

What's New for 2020?

The 2020 Kia Optima receives several newly standard and optional features as well as a new S model. The latter slots between the base LX and EX trim levels and starts at $25,615. The Optima hybrid and plug-in hybrid now have standard driver assists, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Both also add LED fog lights and customizable ambient interior lighting. The other updates include standard wireless phone charging on all but the bottom two models, but every Optima now has pedestrian detection.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

We'd recommend the gas-powered Kia Optima EX, with its peppy turbocharged engine and responsive automatic transmission. It also has a slew of desirable standard features that include adaptive cruise control, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and more charging ports for all the devices in your life. That content can be enhanced with the EX Premium package, which adds a heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, upgraded audio system, ventilated front seats, and more. However, it pushes the price above $30,000 and that's about the same as our preferred versions of the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The base powertrain is a non-turbocharged four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission; it's quick but sometimes slow to react to inputs and sounds a little rough when coaxed into its upper ranges. We much prefer the smoother, sharper, and quicker combination of the turbo 1.6-liter four and the seven-speed automatic transmission that represents the second rung in the Optima's powertrain ladder. The range-topping turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder is refined and pleasing but less powerful and significantly slower from zero to 60 mph than its direct competitors. Drivers who are concerned about fossil-fuel consumption will be glad to learn of the Optima's two hybrid powertrains—one a conventional hybrid, the other a plug-in with an EPA-quoted 29 miles of EV range. Kia does an excellent job of making both hybrids drive like normal cars, so the unobservant passenger might never notice a difference between an Optima with an electric motor and one without. The Optima's ride is comfortable and controlled, even driving over challenging pavement. While we expect few drivers of mid-size sedans to take their cars anywhere near their handling limits, it's worth noting that the Optima loses its composure a few ticks before the valedictorians in this class, including the Accord and Camry.


Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Of the Optima's five separate powertrains, all are passably efficient, and a few are real standouts. However, the hybrid powertrain we tested on our highway fuel-economy test route failed to impress in real-world conditions. In our highway testing, the plug-in Optima delivered 41 mpg, underperforming its EPA highway estimate by 2 mpg. An Optima with the larger turbocharged engine earned 35 mpg, an impressive result that beat its EPA estimate by 4 mpg and tied a similarly equipped Accord.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Optima's interior can be very nice, but it can also be very spartan. Likewise, prices ramp up steeply for the better-outfitted trim levels. There's a wide gulf between the top and bottom offerings, but many drivers will probably find an affordable happy medium after a careful perusal of the order sheet. The Kia family sedan feels roomy and spacious, especially up front, where it has significantly more legroom than competitors. The Optima's worthiness as a cargo hauler depends entirely on which model you choose. While the regular model is as good a pack animal as any sedan in this class, the hybrid variants sacrifice cargo space to their bulky battery packs—and in the case of the plug-in model, most of it. We fit seven of our carry-on suitcases in the trunk of the nonhybrid but only four in the plug-in hybrid.


Infotainment and Connectivity

Kia's infotainment system is simple and easy to use, and there are plenty of power ports to go around. An 8.0-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard. Desirable upgrades include a powerful Harman/Kardon audio system, built-in navigation, and wireless charging but no mobile hotspot. Overall, the infotainment system provides an intuitive, if not exactly impressive, interface.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2020 Optima earned excellent ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the hybrid models haven't been crash-tested. The Optima was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, too. The lineup also boasts copious standard driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Kia's powertrain warranty is a legend in car showrooms across the nation, but some of the competition is starting to put up a fight. Toyota and Chevrolet each offer complimentary scheduled maintenance as part of their warranty packages, for instance.

  • Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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Kia Optima Expert Review

Stefan Ogbac


  • Well-designed cabin with many storage spaces
  • Comfortable seats
  • User-friendly infotainment system


  • Lackluster handling
  • Disappointing acceleration with the turbo-four
  • Harsh suspension on SX models
  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Nissan Altima
  • Mazda6
  • Ford Fusion

The 2015 Kia Optima adds a standard laminated windshield to all models except the LX where it is optional. Three new exterior colors are added to the LX and EX trims while a new black interior is now available on the former. SX Limited models gain brushed silver steering wheel bezels and white contrast stitching. All variants except the LX gains the next-generation UVO eServices with Geo Fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert, and Driving Score.

The 2015 Kia Optima is a midsize family that slots above the compact Forte and below the full-size Cadenza. It is available in four trims, and has three engine options paired exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2015 Kia Optima offers two gas-powered I-4 engines: a 2.4-liter with 192 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 2.0-liter rated at 274 hp and 269 lb-ft. Acceleration is decent for both engines with plenty of power for passing and merging at high speeds. Handling, however, remains lackluster with a soft suspension that "compromised control, with lots of body roll, a wallowing dynamic over bumps, and a somewhat floaty experience at highway speeds."

Fuel economy is decent for the class with the 2.4-liter achieving 23/24 mpg city/highway and 20/31 mpg with the turbo-four. A hybrid model is also offered with a 2.4-liter hybrid I-4 rated at 199 hp total system output. Its gas mileage, however, isn't as impressive as competitors with LX models achieving 36/40 mpg and EX variants rated at 35/39 mpg.

The 2015 Optima offers a decent amount of interior space and has ample room for cargo with a 15.4 cubic-foot trunk. Cabin design is a 2015 Optima strong suit with a driver-oriented center stack, many small storage spaces, and a large center console bin. Kia's UVO infotainment is easy to use with controls that are laid out logically and comes with a large touchscreen.

The 2015 Kia Optima has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

UPDATE: The 2015 Kia Optima is considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, receiving a Good score in four categories and Acceptable in the small overlap front crash test (Good is the highest possible score).

The 2015 Kia Optima is a good choice for buyers who prioritize comfort and tech gadgets, as well as a bold design. In a 2014/2015 Midsize Sedan Big Test, the car placed second due to its well-built and laid out cabin that makes it feel and look "a class above the rest." Kia's infotainment system is notable because of its user-friendliness and intuitiveness, making it one of the easiest systems to use. Where the car falters is driving dynamics with a softly-tuned chassis in lower trim levels that make the car "feel lazy" and unstable over rough roads and at high speeds. SX models, on the other hand, have a stiff suspension that compromises ride quality and little to no handling improvement. The biggest problem in the SX trim is the optional turbo-four's acceleration, which is off the pace of competitors with V-6 or turbo-four engines. In a 2013 Long Term Verdict, we said that the car is "far from zippy" due to its as-tested 7.2-second zero to 60 mph time.

Key Competitors

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Car Review: 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia's hybrid system has its issues, but the Optima is excellent otherwise and feels more expensive than its price suggests

Author of the article:

John LeBlanc

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Thank high fuel prices and stricter government-mandated fuel economy ratings for today’s variety of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. Once limited to being quirky little cars when they arrived in the late 1990s (think first-gen Toyota Prius or Honda Insight), hybrids now come in all shapes and sizes, including family sedans like this 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid.


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When it was introduced for 2011, the mid-size, five-passenger, front-wheel-drive Optima sedan was one of the first signals that Kia was becoming a serious contender to more established automakers. Stylish, feature-laden, and well made with excellent road manners, topline gas-engine Optimas have become legitimate alternatives to low-end versions of the entry-level luxury/sport sedans like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

The hybrid version of the Optima arrived in late 2011, and it quickly found favour with buyers. Combined with sales of its Hyundai Sonata Hybrid platform-mate, the two family sedans ranked only behind the Toyota Prius in the hybrid sales race for 2011 in the U.S.

2015 Kia Optima Hybrid

In 2013, a new electric motor added more horsepower. Combined with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder gas engine, output rose to 199 horsepower, and a higher-capacity lithium-polymer battery pack pumped the torque rating up to 235 pound-feet. The bigger battery also allowed for the Optima Hybrid to be driven up to 100 kilometres per hour in full electric mode via its six-speed automatic transmission. Then, for 2014, the Kia hybrid sedan received a slight design update, with new LED running lights and tail lights and front-end styling that was said to improve aerodynamics.


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As you might expect, Kia has priced its 2015 Optima Hybrid competitively with rivals like its Sonata partner as well as hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion sedans. Well-equipped (highlighted by a multi-functional, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver’s seat, heated front seats and side mirrors, rear-view camera and Kia’s UVO infotainment system) base model Optima Hybrids start at $31,630 (all prices include freight and pre-delivery inspection fees). My Optima Hybrid tester was the topline, $38,230 EX Premium model. Going that route adds a bunch of goodies including a larger infotainment touchscreen, navigation, leather seats (that can be cooled and heated up front), rear parking sensors, plus a full suite of safety kit including blind-spot detection.

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All of that ongoing engineering work has resulted in the Optima Hybrid posting fuel economy estimates of 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 6.7 on the highway. During my week in the Kia sedan, at the tail end of a long and cold winter, I saw an indicated 7.4 L/100 km. But in a previous test in warmer weather, I recorded a 6.5 L/100 km average, which is pretty respectable for a mid-sized sedan.

Compared to the $26,190 Optima LX’s 192-hp naturally aspirated 2.4L gas engine (10.2 L/100 km city; 6.9 highway) and $36,290 SX Turbo’s 274-hp, 2.0L turbocharged gas-four (11.7 city; 7.7 highway) the Hybrid is obviously the Optima to buy if you want to burn less fossil fuel. But with gas versions of the new, second-generation 2016 Optima set to go on sale later this fall, we don’t expect the hybrid versions until well into 2016. So if you’re in the market for a hybrid family sedan, should you wait until then or consider a 2015 model now?

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The answer to this depends on what your priorities are.

From what I saw of the pre-production 2016 models at the New York Auto Show, the interior of the forthcoming 2016 Optima is more about refinement than revolution. I’ve always liked the current Optima’s driver-oriented interior design and ergonomics. My top-rung EX Premium model saw leather applied thoughtfully to all the surfaces the driver touches on a regular basis. And the stitched, padded dashboard and massive UVO touchscreen infotainment make the family sedan feel more luxurious than its price suggests.

However, where I am hoping Kia will make more progress with the next Optima Hybrid is with its limited cargo capacity (caused by the battery pack in the trunk) compared to the gas versions, and how its gas-electric system behaves on the road.

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The interaction between the Kia’s hybrid bits — toggling between the electric and gas modes and the regenerative braking system — show the automaker’s lack of hybrid powertrain experience. Starting off from a stop, there’s a slight hesitation from the Optima Hybrid’s engine department. And once underway, the engine revs up then down a bit, without any indication of a change from the speedometer. Weird.

Stopping the Kia hybrid is also a touchy affair. The regenerative braking system (which sends energy back to charge the batteries), grabs too much when the brakes are initially applied at lower spends. Once again, areas of refinement Toyota and Ford have already nailed down. Once up to speed, though, the Optima offers a fine highway ride, with an eerily quiet cabin.

As much as I like the 2015 Optima Hybrid’s exterior and interior styling, and its relatively parsimonious fuel economy, drivers may find its unrefined hybrid bits off-putting. But knowing Kia’s relentless pursuit of improving, I’m expecting big improvements with the next-gen Optima Hybrid.

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Even before the Genesis brand started taking off, Kia was starting to change American attitudes on Korean cars. That was through stylish andsafe models like the Optima sedan. The Kia Optima is also a great choice for back-pain sufferers and has been named a KBB Best Buy. But, while the latest model is incredibly reliable, some used Kia Optimas should definitely be avoided.

Worst Kia Optima model years

Kia redesigned the Optima for the 2011 model year. And, as is often the case, the redesign had its teething issues. CarComplaints ranks the 2011 Kia Optima as the worst model year to buy. And by far the most prevalent issue is engine failure.

Multiple owner reports talk about engines seizing, often on the highway. There have also been numerous reports of cars bursting into flame. The issue was so serious and prevalent, Forbes reports, that there was a class-action lawsuit against Kia. Eventually, the automaker recalled, among other vehicles, 2011-2014 Optimas equipped with 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines. However, CarComplaints reports engine failure was still occurring in some 2015 Optimas.

The seizing issue was caused by metal debris that had been left from the manufacturing process. Over time, that debris would get mixed up with the oil, and clog the oil lines. These issues are why Consumer Reports gave the 2012 Optima its worst reliability score.

2014 Kia Optima

CarComplaints also considers the 2013 Optima to be one to avoid. Although Motor Trend reported no issues with its long-term 2013 Kia Optima, the 2013 model actually has more complaints than the 2011 model. In addition to the engine issues, 2013 Optimas are known to experience steering problems, with the cars pulling to one side or the steering failing completely.

According to CR owner reports, the steering problems also appear in 2011 and 2012 Optimas. There are numerous reports of the cars pulling to one side, clicking sounds coming from the steering column, and the wheel feeling ‘notchy’ or difficult to turn. It appears, based on one CarComplaints report, that most of these issues relate to the steering column itself.

Other known Kia Optima issues

2013 and 2014 Optimas have also had their share of problems.

There’s currently a recall out for 2013-2014 models equipped with both the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The engines’ low-pressure fuel lines can crack and leak, which poses a fire risk. Kia claims only 1% of vehicles are affected. Still, that’s about 164,000 Optimas. It’s not clear exactly what’s causing the cracking, but engine bay heat appears to be the main culprit.

There’s another fuel-line-related recall, this time affecting 2011-2017 Optimas. However, this only affects Optimas that have already had their engines replaced, or had their knock-detection sensors upgraded. The high-pressure fuel pipe leading from the fuel pump may have been damaged or installed incorrectly, which could lead to a fuel leak.

The Kia Optima was redesigned in 2016, and although it received fewer complaints than previous model years, some issues did crop up. Some 2.4-liter models had to be recalled due to cracking front driveshafts. CarComplaints also reports some owners experienced window regulator failure, although this appears to be a rare occurrence. Finally, CR reports sunroof-equipped models have had issues with their sunroofs failing to close, the tracks warping, or simply rattling due to worn seals.

Recommended model years

Ultimately, the newest Optimas are the ones with the fewest issues.

CarComplaints reports almost no issues with 2017-2019 Optimas. And, with a redesign coming up for the 2021 model year, these will likely be offered at a discounted price soon. That being said, none of the 2016 Optima’s flaws are necessarily deal-breakers, provided proper recall work has been performed.

However, some 2017 and 2018 Optimas have been recalled, but this only applies to the hybrid models. And some 2019 models have also been recalled, due to a software error with their front-collision warning systems. Of these, the 2019 Kia Optima has the highest CR reliability score.

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2015 Kia Optima Owner Reviews & Common Problems

lisa R on June 25, 2021
Chatting about my vehicle.
Not sure what to say. It get 30 mpg. It drive nice. Had new brakes and rotors put on. It needs new tires and battery soon. It is a reliable car. I put on a lot of miles. It is about 50 miles a day just going to work. I average over 1000 miles a month. Haven't taken the car on many trips. Do not want to drive too far away.
Zach W on June 25, 2021
Beautiful snowy white baby.
I had my eye on the Kia optima from the first time I saw it, I loved the look of it and it was my first brand new car I ever purchased. I have had no problems with it over the last 5 years and have no plans to turn it in for a new car as I’ll ride it till the wheels fall off.
Jessica C on June 24, 2021
Best purchase I have ever made!
I love the Kia optima. It is stylish, fast, dependable, comfy, and fast. I love taking long drives and almost never have any car troubles. Basic oil change and a tire replacement here and there. I have had my car for 2 years and will only leave it to upgrade to a new optima. Great car!
Adriana Z on June 24, 2021
Love this car, fast, comfortable and save money on gas.
It is very comfortable, fast and has all the extras, easy to drive, really helpful with sensors, good sound is well equipped, economic in gas, easy to save money on gas, the turbo makes it super convenient lights are super bright, I love this car have it since 2015 and had no problems with it.
Tanya K on June 21, 2021
Cars very reliable turbo engine great heated and cooling seats great on gas.
My car is very reliable. My car is great on gas mileage. I enjoy that it is a turbo engine it gives me that extra boost when needed. I love the heated seats and the calling of the seas. There is currently one recall on my engine from 2014 to 2018. I would buy another one.
Amanda C on June 19, 2021
Don't underestimate this little car!
Very reliable, but is a little loud inside. The seats are standard, and the features are useful. I drive in areas with lots of snow and my car has never had a problem. It obviously isn't as heavy duty of an engine as larger vehicles so it does have a little trouble uphill, but other than that it drives great and gets amazing gas mileage.
Victoria C on June 18, 2021
I love the Bluetooth, very convenient for hands free!
I have had to replace the starter 3 times and I am always worried I am going to break down. I purchased the car used, but boy I should have looked at another vehicle, I am sure it spends more time in the shop then on the highway. Would have definitely not purchased if I knew it had these issues.
Allyson E on June 16, 2021
Average vehicle for a somewhat elevated price.
I am by no means an automobile expert but my opinion is that this car is just average. It drives well, gets good gas mileage, and has great trunk space. The interior is nice but could have a more updated computer system for the price. After purchasing the car new I have driven it for 50,000 miles and am just now beginning to have issues mechanical and otherwise. Most notably with the air conditioning system. In the future I would be interested in purchasing a car with more interior space, more headspace and foot room.
Khrishunda D on June 11, 2021
The 2015 Kia optima sx t-gdi is a great car, it drives like a dream.
I love my Kia optima, I bought it December 2016 but I liked the 2015 model better and it was the only turbo on the lot at the time. When I first got it I was having a oil leak due to the nuts and bolts on it and they were recalled and the problem was taken care of. Now my engine light is on and I have over a 100,000 miles on it and it cost a $150 just to have them look at it and hadn't been able to have the look at it do not have the money.
Krystal B on June 1, 2021
Great car for the price. Everything you need in a everyday car.
Very reliable, have had for over 6 years never a problem other than flat tire which is BC it had a nail in it. Great on gas and roomy. Great for everyday errands. Power windows, locks. Good for small families everyday car. I love my car and everything about it including the price great for the price.
Regina S on May 26, 2021
The pleasures of owning a Kia optima.
I love my Kia optima! I purchased it in Feb 2017 and it only had 17,000 miles. Other than routine maintenance, I've had no problems with car and I've not had any repairs done. This car is so very easy on gas. It gives a very smooth ride. The seats are very easy to clean. I try to keep the oil changed on time, every 3,000 miles. When the time comes that I have to purchase another vehicle, I will definitely be getting another Kia optima!!
Lauren B on May 25, 2021
My favorite car I have owned: Kia optima.
I absolutely love my Kia. I was looking for a sedan that would be comfortable and spacious enough for myself & two children to ride it frequently (with car seats). This car is very comfortable and it is safety specs are great!! We travel in this vehicle 5 hours one way trip at least once a month with 2 car seats and two adults and it is very comfortable. The only issue I have had since owning the vehicle is an oil leak (that I still need repaired).
Tiffany M on May 25, 2021
Comfy and technologically advanced.
I really like my Kia optima. It is a decent sized vehicle with a bunch of upgrades. The leather seats are nice paired with a heated and cooling seats. You are able to have at least two settings for the driver side. The panoramic sunroof is my favorite aspect. It has decent power on an affordable tank size. I would like more leg space in the back seat, however that is not where I sit so it is not a huge problem.
Michelle U on May 23, 2021
The best part of my car is the leather, heating and cooling seats!
I have had absolutely no issues with my car since I purchased it. The only thing I would change about the car is the height of the passenger side seat. The driver's seat goes up and down to reach the height required for the driver, but the passenger's side seat does not move up and down and therefore makes the seat extremely low, especially for those who are not as tall as some.
Megan B on May 18, 2021
Vehicle is comfortable and reliable.
Eats through brakes, lots of clunks that seem. To come from nowhere, passenger seat on the ground basically and that cannot be fixed. I do feel it is reliable and I am comfortable when riding it in. It is large inside and I have room to nap and my passengers are comfortable.
Hailey C on May 14, 2021
Kia optima sxl turbo is one of the best purchases I have made.
No problems. Very reliable. Drives amazing. Great detail and trim model. Different drive modes. I have owned it for over a year and not had a single issue come up that wasn't routine maintenance. Had one recall check but not needed to replace. 10/10 excellent vehicle.
Mal C on May 13, 2021
I like how quickly it gets up to speed.
Too small and low to the ground. I like it but she’s low. The car is peppy and gets up to speed fast. I like how sporty it feels. Lots of room in the back seat. And plenty of trunk space. I like the car overall and it has not given me any problems, except in the snow.
Rebecca E on May 12, 2021
I get up to 30 miles per gallon and it is perfect for me.
I love my Kia optima it gets great gas mileage it accommodates me very well, and has never let me down. It is exactly what I needed to get back and forth to work and all my daily drives. I have the oil changed every 3 months and have not had any issue with any motor or transmission problems so far.
Joanna B on May 11, 2021
I just love my Kia optima!
My Kia optima has comfortable leather seats that sink down & can comfortably sit for hours! It also has a backup camera and lit up cup holders. This car drives comfortably and safely. The trunk of the car is large enough to fit multiple suitcases, beach chairs, baby carriages etc. I just love my Kia optima!
Heidi C on May 10, 2021
Reliable, low cost, great gas mileage.
Overall a great car but did come later was advised of some recalls and engine runs hotter than other cars. Very reliable with no major breakdowns. Also had issues with power windows which is a big cost to repair. My experience with this car compared to others I owned I would purchase Kia again.
Emily C on May 5, 2021
Efficiency of the vehicle is amazing! Very safe.
I love my vehicle it is drives very nice and has so many important safety features. That have helped me when I was a new driver. My only problems I have ever had is with the windows and I they have gotten stuck down a few times. But it is an easy fix and the company pays for. Mine.
Brooklyn R on May 4, 2021
Spacious car very family friendly!
The Kia optima lx is a great, spacious car that can fit a family of 5 with no problem! Although very roomy, this car make has had a couple recalls with the “computer” of the car where for example the tire pressure is low signs kept appearing but Kia is usually really quick to get right onto the recalls when they realize it is needed. The interior seats are fabric and are very comfortable to sit in during long road trips or just a trip to a store. The seats go back pretty far and are also comfortable enough to sleep in if you ever need too! Gas mileage on the highway is 32/mpg and in the city it is 16/mpg. Very worth it I think for the gas mileage alone this car will save you a lot of money each month on gas especially if you are doing a lot of highway driving to go to and from work. Next thing that I think is the best part of the car too is the trunk! The trunk is so big and has a compartment underneath that is not just for the spare tire which adds even more room to the trunk! Grocery shopping is great with this car because of this amount of trunk space it has. Little features of the car I have found amazing and helpful are: the drivers side has two buttons but bottom of the door that you lift to either pop the gas tank open or the trunk (I have found both so convenient), there is a cooling option for drinks or whatever else you might want to keep cool in the glove department, and the back seats can be lifted down for even more room in the trunk for things such as furniture, giant boxes, TVs and whatever else you may be able to fit into the trunk if need be! Overall I think this Kia make is a car you will not be disappointed in and you can enjoy and save money with it as well!
Marguerite T on May 3, 2021
Kia optima 2015. Color - blue with grey interior.
Love my optima. It handles well and hugs the road. No problems since purchasing it used in 2017. I travel 50 miles to work four days a week and am extremely comfortable in it. The air conditioning works excellent as well as the heater. I help pick up and drive fellow employees home from and to work when needed.
Karen A on May 3, 2021
My personal experience and review towards 2015 Kia optima after 2 years.
I have had my vehicle for about two years now and it has not given me any sort of problem. My vehicle is very reliable and very good on gas which is very essential for me due to having to drive around a lot constantly. I recommend this vehicle to anyone who would ask.
Avery M on May 2, 2021
I overall like my vehicle it is a nice car and it gets me where I need to be!
My vehicle for the most part is very reliable! I have had 2 problems in the summer when it gets to 100+ degrees I will sometimes start my car and it will never cool down even if I leave it on for 20 minutes it stays hot. The other problem was I have taken it in for 5 recalls and I have had it for a little over 2 years. I know that making the proper adjustments are very important but I feel as if they would get everything taken care of when they make the car everything would be easier and better for me.
Sandra R on May 2, 2021
My car is reliable and not money eater.
I have had my Kia optima for five years and I have not had any problems. It does not consume a lot of gas and it does not require much maintainability as other cars. If the car has any issues the dashboard lets me know and I just contact the dealer and they take care of it. I really like my car and would recommend it to anyone looking for a car to use on regular basis.
Lexie M on April 29, 2021
My Kia is amazing and it is gets me where I need to go.
I love my Kia. It is very reliable and gets me to where I need to be in a sturdy fashion. It is roomy and quiet when started. I want a newer model Kia but my 2015 is amazing. I love it. The windows are great. The tires are great. The gear shift is nice.
Delina K on April 26, 2021
Pro easy to drive and lifetime powertrain warranty.
At over a hundred thousand miles my brakes started sticking. Other than that I have no issue with this car mechanically. The seats are a light tan color and stain very easy. The car is easy to drive. I was just offered a free extension on the powertrain on this car.
Ashley B on April 25, 2021
2005 Kia optima loaded with panoramic roof.
Heated steering, heated seats, power steering and windows, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry push start. Plug and play although the feature stopped working. Navigation, I do not like that you have to bring the car in and pay to update the navigation system. Leather seats. Power seat memory. Side view mirror does not hold memory when you switch the seat profile.
Tiffany U on April 23, 2021
Great in gas. Drives well. Performance is amazing. Handles well.
Performs excellent drives excellent and is very reliable. It is very good on gas. It handles curves better than any car I have ever driven. I would absolutely recommend this car. I would definitely buy another Kia optima. I do not regret buying this car.
Kaytlynn W on April 22, 2021
I love my Kia optima and the amount of comfortability and safety I feel in it.
I have owned my car for 4 years, and I have had absolutely not one issue with it. Besides normal wear and tear, haven't had a single issue. I love my car and would definitely purchase a newer model. The seats are extremely comfortable, it is very roomy and kid-friendly.
Karrie B on April 17, 2021
My favorite car. Enjoy and love this car.
I love this vehicle, have had no problems with it. Battery is expensive but that is it. Other than that I love it. It is comforted and s great ride. Heard it is easy to work in and things normally do not go wrong with it it. So far I have had no issues at all or if it.
Ashley L on April 17, 2021
Kia, providing quality cars!
I really enjoy my Kia optima. It has a clean, attractive look to it. There is plenty of room for my family or transporting my dogs. Trunk space is surprisingly large. I think it is a pretty smooth ride overall. I have not yet had any real issues come up that needed addressing, other than normal wear and tear, which is monitored at semi annual checkups. I have had my optima for a little over two years now and have been very satisfied with the quality.
Kierra R on April 14, 2021
Love my Kia optima because why not.
I love my Kia optima. It has a nice look (inside and out). This is a car that gets great gas mileage. And for all the features obtained (moonroof, heated and cooling seats, heated steering wheel and more) it is considerably affordable. Never had any unusual/outstanding issues. Ps: this is my 2nd optima purchased.
Ericka S on April 13, 2021
My opinion on my Kia optima.
Great on gas. Good reliable car. Durable! Transmission fails easily. Car goes fast. Nice leather seats. Great sound from radio speakers. Could have more room in back seats. Trunk is a decent size. Radio light goes in and out. Horn sound is low. Fast car.
Sarah K on April 11, 2021
Kia optima: decent, reliable, affordable.
The car has been reliable, I have not had any issues with it in 5 years. The Kia is comfortable to drive, and it has a large trunk space. Good acceleration and pep. I do not have any upgraded features or tech but would buy another Kia with the upgrades.
Kailei R on April 9, 2021
High seats make you feel on top of the world!
I have had only a few bugs to fix, but the ride is relatively smooth, the cabin is not the quietest but it definitely blocks a lot of outside sounds! It accelerates pretty quickly, not a race car, but gets you safely on the highway better than most people drive sports cars!
Terri S on April 8, 2021
The double sunroof was a nice surprise.
I have had two Kia optima. The first was an optima sxl turbo and I loved it. As my grandson stated so eloquently 'wow! This is definitely not a grandma car.' The second didn't have as many bells and whistles as the sxl turbo. I have come to appreciate the tires that are on the lx model a little more than the ones on the sxl. If you drive in the city the thinner tires are fine. But if you live in a rural area be prepared to have a few flats. I have very few tire problems.
Cheyenne C on April 7, 2021
My optima is dark grey with black interior and tinted windows.
It is amazing on gas mileage. He has plenty of room. It drives very smooth and it is the perfect size vehicle especially for traveling! Easy to clean. Affordable to maintain and keep up. Cheap on maintenance and just an amazing all around family car.
Mary M on April 7, 2021
Best car in Its class for value and comfort.
Love the smoother ride and design of the vehicle. Options for the price can't be beat. Stock kumho tires are the worst. Possible engine recall. Quality has vastly improved. Overall value is good. Comfortable interior. The mpg beats my previous two door vehicle.
Brittany S on April 5, 2021
One of the best foreign dependable car.
The car is a great car. As of now however, the car has a recall on the engine. The engine can and will knock sometimes. It has ecoboost, which I love. It drives smooth and always has been a good highway car. Other than the recall problem I think the Kia optima is a really good car to have.
Fabian A on April 4, 2021
Engine space is amazing, it is a reliable care and gets the job done.
Well the Kia optima has is reliable, I have had it for more than 2 years and it has not given me any problems. I really like how much room they give you to work on the engine. I would have to say the paint job on the car could be better there are a few chips in paint owning the car. The stock speakers are pretty good volume and bass wise. A sunroof would be nice but that is some little nit-picky stuff I would like.
Lauren G on April 3, 2021
Best city car I have ever had.
I love my Kia optima. I am fresh out of college and live in the city. It is the perfect yet sleek little car to get around town. I also have the double sunroof which I just love to bits. The back-up camera has become one of my favorite things. I used to not have one but it is turned into my favorite things. I cannot image parallel parking without it.
Kayla P on April 3, 2021
Nice interiors, very spacious and comfortable, Bluetooth access and great on gas.
I really love this car, I like the interior, the seats are very comfortable. It is also very spacious, I have a baby do it helps that the back seat is very big and a lot of room. I also like the Bluetooth feature, so you can access your phone and listen to whatever music you want, while also having the ability of making phone calls as well so you are not having to be on your phone, which is unsafe.
Nikki G on April 2, 2021
It is very economical and it is not a bad looking ride either.
Very economical. Approximately 40 mpg. Very roomy and comfortable. Insurance is fairly inexpensive and maintenance costs are inexpensive.
Jamila E on April 1, 2021
My Kia is black with special features and it gets me to where I need to go.
I really have not had any problems with my Kia just the engine but it was a recall, so I was able to get a brand new engine put in. It drives real good and I love the features. As long as you keep up the maintenance on the Kia it is a very good and reliable car.
Dagan K on March 30, 2021
Fantastic, affordable car!
My Kia is truly a nice car for the price. I love the gas mileage, and feel of the car. In my opinion the car has a really nice stereo and speaker system. The interior is a nice quality interior that sits five. The car visually looks appealing. I haven't had many problems with this car if any which is amazing, and generally speaking I would recommend this car for people that are looking to buy one.
Vanessa C on March 29, 2021
Overall great affordable car that is easy to maintain.
Drives very smooth, super spacious! Has some pick up and go to it great on gas just a little pricey to fill up.
Jim M on March 29, 2021
Optima: better than corolla?
Absolutely nothing bad to say about this vehicle. It drives as well or better than my Toyota corolla, is as big, if not bigger inside than the corolla and is just as comfortable. I get decent mileage with it and would be comfortable taking it in a long road trip. I would suggest anyone looking for a new/newer vehicle to check them out.
Sinai T on March 27, 2021
My car the Kia Optima 2015.
Kia Optima from 2015 is a decent and beautiful car. The price is fair for the way the car works. It runs smooth and rarely gives us any problems. I trust this car to take me far, and that is good because I am always anxious about traveling to cities that are hours away. And with the Kia we save gas money.
Melissa S on March 25, 2021
It was reasonably priced for a hybrid car. Has a lot of safety features.
It's very reliable, no major issues and gets great gas mileage because I have the hybrid model. Great safety features.
Elizabeth s on March 23, 2021
Affordability. Very Popular. Gas saver. Looks good
Love the sporty look. The affordability. The gas saver
Steven W on March 23, 2021
It is fast and performs on a dime.
I go thousands of miles with no problems. The car performs from 1 to 10 easy and I'd be happy to get another. I tell my friends the car is ?? And to get one. What more can I say. Kia is a good car to have.
Edward J on March 22, 2021
That it has a lot of space inside especially in the back seat.
I love the vehicle because of the space inside the vehicle. I do not have any complaints. The vehicle is just what I wanted.
Brian H on March 22, 2021
That it is dependable and economic to Its owner.
This is the second Kia we have owned. There was no hesitation because of the success we had with our other Kia. We bought the optima hybrid 3 years ago and have had absolutely no trouble with any areas of the car. We also enjoy the 38 to 40 mpg that we get with our newest optima.
Tammy T on March 21, 2021
Kia Optima is a great choice for a great price!
The only problems I've had since I purchased my car was the driver's side seat motor was defective, and the rubber trim around the sun roof bubbled up, car was bought new so issue was covered under the warranty. I love the leather cooling and heated seats, is very roomy and it drives smoothly. Trunk space is efficient and tire replacement price is average. Good warranty offered on the new models. I would purchase another Kia in the future.
Maddy R on March 21, 2021
My car rides very smooth.
There were a lot of recalls but got them fixed for free. Other than that, I have had no problems. Really like the gas mileage and how smooth it drives. It is very comfy, especially when driving long places with a lot of people. I can always rely on this car to get me where I need to go.
Belle M on March 21, 2021
2015 Kia optima: the best vehicle.
I have had this vehicle for about one year; it is amazing. It gets great gas mileage with an astonishing 30-40 mpg. It has not had any problems so far; my Kia optima is very comfortable and I take it on all road trips. Very dependable vehicle; I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Heru L on March 20, 2021
My sleek styling and s**y Kia
So far I haven't had any issues with my vehicle it picks up pretty fast on speed. I like the fact it has three hands Bluetooth with leather seats and interior and nice manufacture rooms. Only thing I like to change about the vehicle are : Tinting the windows and repainting the car because the paint is already peeling off
Emma T on March 20, 2021
I love my Kia optima! She keeps my comfortable, while I ride in style.
I had been looking at Kia optimas for over a year and after high school it was the first car I have bought myself! I love this car; it is spacious, has great gas mileage and I think it is so pretty! One thing to be mindful of though is checking blind spots, sometimes because of the way it is built, you need to double check to make sure you can see when people are not in your vision! I have the 2015 optima sx which has the mirror alert sensors which helps with that a lot. Another issue that Kia seems to have is the clock disappearing on the screen.. Usually it can be resolved through a hard software reset but that didn't work for mine. Other than that, I love this car! Take good care of it, check your tires and get your oil changed and she will treat you well!
Tom M on March 19, 2021
Kia optima, a very reliable car.
It is kind of reliable, haven't had to replace to much. Had a recall on the engine it seized up after warranty expired was still replaced for free. A car I would definitely buy again. 156k miles on it and I have replaced just the battery under the hood. Rest of it is original parts.
Armed O on March 19, 2021
Great Vehicle At a Great Price.
I love the car. It's the SXL version, 2.0L turbo. It has plenty of power. I don't have to worry about merging on the highway. The gas mileage is good as well at 25ish mpg. It has an Eco, Normal, and Sport modes. It has a lot of cool features that I love, like Apple CarPlay. When I connect my iPhone, the screen in the dash shows my icons, just like on my phone.
Madison C on March 19, 2021
It do not have a backup camera but it comes with pretty nice stock rims.
This vehicle has great gas mileage and is usually very reliable. It has a shake though when it is not in gear or driving I believe it is just geared down too far. The key breaks easily but other than that I have had no problems. It shows you the tire pressures and has the trip miles you make. Super cute and comfortable.
Bate G on March 18, 2021
A summary for my vehicular experience with Kia.
My car is very comfortable, very easy to drive and use. It is very reliable and doesn't consumes to much gas. $25 fills up my tank and can drive for about 400 miles. My only problem is that the windows are very transparent. I would have love them to be a little tinted without having to pay extra money to tint it.
Korina E on March 18, 2021
Nice overall car but have some issues.
I do like the shape, style, drive, and comfort of my car. For a sedan, it is actually very spacious and has large trunk space. I do not like that Kia does have many issues with recalls and repairs, I would buy American made next time around. If I did not have engine issues, I would rate the car a 7 out of 10.
Deidra W on March 18, 2021
The functional and reliable 2015 Kia optima lx.
My 2015 Kia optima lx is a reliable car. I purchased the vehicle used in 2017 and as of July 2020, have only had to get regular oil changes, tires, batteries, etc. No major repairs have been required. The car still runs like a charm. I do feel that the car has limited features that I would enjoy. For instance, there is no backup camera, no self-inverting side mirrors, and no sunroof. In my opinion, my 2015 Kia optima lx only lacks by not having features standard on other vehicle models for that year. Overall, I purchased the car for reliability though and I am pleased with my choice.
Monica Z on March 18, 2021
It is a midsize sedan if you really need space I would go with a full-sized sedan.
I haven't really had any issues with my Optima beyond that I live in California and sometimes it gets very hot. For some reason this causes my radio/navigational screen to black out until the car gets to a decent temperature again. The buttons on the dash and she screen itself are still responsive but you cannot really see anything and it is very blurry when it does come back. The car is pretty large and has a decent amount of space since I have a baby on the way comfort is very important and it is been very good to me.
Te U on March 17, 2021
Well worth the purchase! Recommended.
I love that it has both heated and air conditioned seats. Additionally, I love the interior and the contrast of the tan and black. The sound system is phenomenal inside. It is a comfortable, smooth ride. I have not had any issues with the vehicle and have had the vehicle for over 2 years (it was a pre-owned purchase).
Sidney L on March 17, 2021
Fuel efficient, affordable, reliable, and spacious.
The Bluetooth experiences moments where it does not work, and when I use the USB port it will not play anything but Pandora and Sirius XM. Aside from that it drives smooth, it performs well mechanically and is affordable to repair if it ever needs repaired.
Yotham M on March 17, 2021
An overall good vehicle with minor detail difficulty.
No major problems. I keep it well maintenance. A little trouble with drivers side window after 5 years. Great on gas. Only problem is there is no sphere tire for the car. I hate that. It only has this kit to repair which is a headache. Only Kia has these issues I am told.
Kara L on March 15, 2021
The one most important thing is how great this car drives in all different types of weather. It even drives good in heavy snow.
I love this car. I like how smooth it runs, how it drives in all types of weather and doesn't require a ton of gas. The only thing I dislike is, it doesn't have much room.
Desmond C on March 14, 2021
Car details for bigger people.
It is an amazing and great size for larger person, drive smooth and very great on gas, you also have option to save the economy by switching to eco mode. Great sounding radio with Bluetooth also USB dock port with automatic window. Fit five people easily.
Amber J on March 14, 2021
Spacious and affordable, the Kia optima is a great vehicle for those searching.
Overall, I love my Kia optima. It is a great size for every day, however if you have kids, it is pretty small. One car seat fits well, but two gets cramped. We haven't had any mechanical issues and I would absolutely purchase another one in the future if we needed to.
Ashley C on March 14, 2021
I have no issues or problems with the vehicle.
I have no issues with this vehicle. I like the 4 door and the way the car drives. I like that it has Bluetooth but I wish it had a camera in the back so I can see when backing out. I would recommend getting this car. It works with the whole family. Nothing too bad about it.
Chris B on March 13, 2021
My very special ride. I am truly surprised at the comfort I enjoy when driving!
I love the smooth ride, the leather seats and the fact that I can give certain commands to it and it will change the channel of my radio, call for help or add to my travel lists. It actually greets me when I open the door and get in! I actually love all aspects of my car. Even the color, which is not a common one. It's like a light goldish browN I wasn't even really looking for a Kia until I saw this one. Love it...
Chris G on March 13, 2021
Kia optima: nobody does it better.
I really love this car due to its simplicity along with its luxurious and roomy interior. No problems with the engine or anything else. It has been nothing but smooth sailing from the gate. I highly recommend it if you're into saving gas and money. So enjoy.
Kaitlin R on March 13, 2021
My Kia optima to me has a unique color about it, it is a deep cherry red.
I have been driving my Kia optima for almost 3 years. I drive almost an hour and a half to and from work every day, so I believe it has been super reliable. The gas mileage is great on it, I get roughly 30 mpg. The interior portion of the car is comfortable and roomy if you do not have children. I have two kids and it can get a little crowded with two car seats. The car itself has some get up and go power to it. Overall I would suggest anyone to buy a Kia optima.
raechelle brown on March 11, 2021
I have replaced the battery engine and brakes on 2015. I've not finished paying for it and it still isn't running
Vanessa R on March 9, 2021
2015 Kia optima is a worthy car option, especially for first-time buyers.
I love my 2015 Kia optima; however, I bought it used, so there is some minor cosmetic damage from the previous owner. I have also had issues with the engine, which required me to get a whole new engine. Thankfully, there was a recall on it, and Kia provides a lifetime warranty includes engines. Other than that, the car runs smoothly and I am very happy with my purchase.
Sonny T on March 7, 2021
This is my 3rd Kia! I am a fan.
Has every feature of the high end luxury cars at half the price. It is fast reliable and easy to service. I leased the car and loved it so much I brought it. Has the large moon roof heated and air conditioned seats. A light grey and black two tone interior which is very stylish. The uvo radio system is great and easy to program. The 6 cylinder turbo charge engine will get you all the speeding tickets you want.
Christine W on March 7, 2021
Horrible steering! Be aware!
The steering wheel gets stuck at the 12:00 position and you have to wiggle it to get it unstuck. Horribly dangerous when going over 40 mph. The stereo likes to decide when certain button and knobs will work, it is very random. The rear light case leaks for no reason at all and we keep having to replace the bulb.
Kat A on March 3, 2021
The gas mileage is my favorite feature!
Great gas! Safety rating is high. I got into an accident with my old one same make model year & it saved my life. The interior is luxury, I would rather the radio BC more like a Toyotas. The car had a lot of space and the fabric used in the car cleans up easy.
Carol W on March 3, 2021
My vehicle is okay as far as mid size sedans.
My car has all the bells and whistles. Heated and cooled front seats, sunroof, navigation, heated rear seats. It is good on gas mileage. It does sit low to the ground and my aging knees know it.
Kesha F on March 3, 2021
Overall great car for small family. This car is ideal in the cold winter months.
This Kia optima is very nice. It has leather seats, moon sunroof. The gas mileage is not the best. The comfort of the car overall is great for a family of three. The passenger seat sits very low and should be able to adjust like the driver side in my opinion. Spacious trunk. Heated seats, front and back.
Savannah J on February 28, 2021
The radio is slightly shifted towards the driver!
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