Within the midst of a market that apparently abhors the normal 4-door sedan, Kia showrooms are awash with them. The brand new K900 appeared in New York this week, the Cadenza occupies a sliver of phase, the Stinger is taking good care of the sporty crowd, and the Optima goes head-to-head with Camcords.
For 2019, Kia has bestowed the latter with new driver assists, some infotainment tweaks, and a selection of no fewer than three totally different engines. If a sedan is in your buying listing, it might appear the Korean automaker has loads of decisions (and decisions inside these decisions) from which to pick. As for visible clues that you simply’re taking a look at a 2019, properly, meet the brand new ??, similar because the previous ??.
On the decidedly non-Ace of Base SX 2.0T trim, consumers will discover zooty “European-type” sport leather-based seats in two-tone pink and black. A panoramic roof, Harman Kardon sound system, and exterior visible juju set it aside from its decrease priced stablemates.
Cleansing up trim ranges means the Optima will now be provided in LX, S, EX, and SX varieties. Base LX sedans earn LED daytime operating lights, not in contrast to these discovered on the Stinger, plus a number of different tweaks to the grille and rim design.
Three direct-injected engines are provided throughout the 4 trims — an engineering selection that can’t be low cost for the corporate. LX and S fashions have a well-known 2.four-liter inline-4 which make 185 horsepower in 2018 fashions. A 1.6-liter turbo exhibits up on the EX with 178 horses, whereas the highest-tier SX finds a 245 hp 2.zero-liter turbo stuffed between its entrance fenders. The whole lot is 4 valves per cylinder, twin overhead cam, and regular unleaded pleasant.
Bending this writer’s (admittedly foggy) mind, Kia select to pair a six-velocity automated with the two.four and a couple of.0T motors however hook a seven-velocity twin-clutch unit to the 1.6T engine. I might have thought the DCT would seem on the S and SX trims, as they’re sporty and costliest flavors, respectively. That is why I’m neither an engineer nor in product planning.
Kia’s UVO telematics system, whose identify feels like a bottled artisan water or overpriced vodka, exhibits up on all trims and consists of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto — even on the bottom LX. Optima house owners shifting past the entry degree will discover UVO Hyperlink, know-how which permits for maintenance reminders, plus geofencing and velocity alerts so mother and father can annoy new teenage drivers.
At the moment’s Optima lineup begins at $22,600 for an LX mannequin outfitted with the naturally aspirated 4 cylinder. Anticipate costs to maneuver northward barely, as they do virtually yearly for nearly each automaker, however Kia’s rep for worth will doubtless make sure the Monroney gained’t transfer too far.
Final yr, the Optima bought 107,493 copies, about 24,000 models fewer than its cousin Hyundai Sonata first cousin. This pair, together with the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion, path the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord. The Toyota Camry, unsurprisingly, vanquishes all its rivals with complete gross sales final yr hitting 387,081 models.
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