2015 Kia Optima SX (1100)


This week we’re looking at the 2015 Kia Optima SX. In this class and price range this is a lovely looking automobile. And of course the kicker is that it is very efficient to operate and the Kia (and Hyundai, its parent company) warranty is outstanding at 10 years 100,000 miles for Powertrain.

It doesn’t get much better in today’s world.

General Information: It is assembled in USA; Parts – US/Canadian 45%, Korea 55%; Engine  and transmission – USA; Class  –  Midsize Cars; Cars from Kia:– Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Consistent with all of the competition or better.


Very TODAY styling.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.


Competitive in class and excellent in cost to operate.

Conveniences and comfort:

All the basic stuff as noted below that is so common to most cars in the world we find ourselves, however the high tech stuff left out at this price range and model include Power folding mirrors, HD radio, Navigation, Rear camera display, blind spot detection, heated and cooled front seats, and backup warning system that will add $4,600 to the ticket. In my view it is worth the price of admission because these options can save your life, literally.

Consumer Recommendations:

You know my opinion by now that the Hyundai / Kia Korean company is special. They have earned my respect and I have toured a Hyundai manufacturing plant and they are “impressive” as a company and the philosophy of management is outstanding as to work ethic. I say this because we all know that character trickles down from the top all the way to affect the very quality of the product they collectively produce.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Optima $27,000, Hyundai Sonata $22,000, Nissan Versa $17,000, Honda Accord $26,000, Chevrolet Malibu $23,000, Mazda 6 $26,000, Toyota Camry $27,000, Chevrolet Sonic $21,000, Volkswagen Passat $29,000.

Good News:

Very nice looking, priced fairly and the warranty and operating costs are among the best in the industry.

Bad News:


Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter Gas direct injection 247 hp 4-cylinder engine, 6 speed automatic transmission,18” alloy wheels, electric power steering, front and seat mounted side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, LATCH system, ABS braking, traction control, electronic stability control, stability management, hill-start assist control, dual zone automatic Temperature control, power windows and locks, AM/FM/CD/MP3, audio system Sirius XM satellite radio, USB and Aux input jacks, Bluetooth wireless technology, leather seat trim, power adjustable Driver’s seat with power lumbar support, remote keyless entry, push button start with Smart Key, Cruise control, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel paddle shifters, auto dimming rear view mirror, Metal pedals and door sill plates, front fog lights, heated side Mirrors with turn signals.

Note: if you want to add all the High Tech options you can add $4,600 to the purchase price.

Gas Stats:

$3.49/ Gal avg. August 11, 2015


for more information.

23 City and 34 Highway MPG


MSRP $25,790.


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