2014 Optima Gets a New Schnoz

2013 New York Auto Show / Comments

Kia's popular Optima sedan receives a modest mid-life update with its overall packaging remaining practically unchanged.

Kia is taking full advantage of the 2013 New York Auto Show as it continues to roll out a series of refreshed models as well as the new Forte Koup and all-new Soul. The hot-selling third-gen Optima, first unveiled at this same show back in 2010, has returned with a mid-life facelift. Changes aren't drastic, the most noticeable of which is the restyled front fascia that was penned by the automaker's Frankfurt, Germany-based design studio. LED lighting returns in a more stylized approach along with new LED fog lights.

Out back is also a set of LEDs located in newly reworked taillamps. The interior now features two new display screens, a 4.3-inch TFT in the instrument cluster and an optional high-res 8-inch nav screen. In addition, there are redesigned seats along with some new safety features such as a blind spot detector that includes parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert. 17-inch wheels remain standard while a set of 18-inch chrome wheels are available on the top-of-the-line Limited trim. Powertrain options remain unchanged, with a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four coming standard along with an optional 2.0-liter turbo four.

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