Obtain the midlevel SE trim. The SE has a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t bother about a stiff ride, although the SE is still relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can also be an excellent bargain considering all of the safety and tech equipment you receive for the money. Finally, the SE is available with a wide range of options, to help you pick and choose which ones are right for your budget.
Crossover SUVs might be most of the rage, but there’s still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the New Kia Optima Release. Coming off a redesign just last year, the New Kia Optima Release is just a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with plenty of standard safety equipment and a lot of options to choose from.
As has been the case for a time, you can get the New Kia Optima Release with a four-cylinder engine or a stronger V6, or you will get the miserly New Kia Optima Release Hybrid. On the highway, the New Kia Optima Release is comfortable and compliant. New Kia Optima Release also offers two sporty versions that infuse the New Kia Optima Release with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the New Kia Optima Release offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, particularly if you choose one of the upper trim levels. There are many of options to choose from over the way.
The New Kia Optima Release is as competent while they come. It’s well-priced generally, and modern feature content causes it to be supremely easy to drive. If you’re trying to find something with much more class and space than the usual small sedan, the New Kia Optima Release might just be the sedan for you.
The New Kia Optima Release is the beds base trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features that includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every New Kia Optima Release Safety Sense, which really is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the following rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and an automobile alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can consider the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a number of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Many of the features located on the upper trim levels can be put into the reduced trim levels as options. Other notable options incorporate a sunroof, a JBL audio system along with a built-in navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the New Kia Optima Release stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the back seat is simple to fold down to match longer items. You can find enough cabin storage options to create a lot of people happy. Loading a car seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good although not stellar. The forward center console bin is great for concealing items but features a hard, slippery floor, so they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is really a decent size, and you can find modest door pockets in the leading and rear that are good for small water bottles only.
The New Kia Optima Release has a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles ensure it is easy to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s very easy to mount a car seat, with obvious and readily available lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough space so the front seat will not need to be scooted completely forward.