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MSRP: $21,500 - $35,300
Invoice: $20,579 - $32,963
MPG: 23 City / 34 Hwy
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Kia Optima Interior

The 2014 Kia Optima’s cabin is stylish and filled with upscale materials, according to most reviewers, though a few say some of the plastics aren’t as nice as those in rival cars’ interiors. Critics agree that the Optima has a spacious trunk and cabin, as well as comfortable front seats, though they caution that the back seat may not have enough headroom for taller passengers due to the sloping roofline. Reviewers are impressed with the number of tech and comfort features available in the 2014 Optima, saying that it offers more features than most cars in this class. They also like that the touch-screen audio and navigation systems are intuitive. 

  • "While we love the look of the 2014 Kia Optima sedan's interior, some of the plastic on the dash and steering wheel still lack the quality look and feel found in Honda, Mazda and even some GM and Ford products." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, the cabin boasts modern lines along with a center stack that cants toward the driver to create a cockpit feel. … Material quality is above-average for the segment, with nicely-grained plastics and well-placed soft-touch elements." -- Left Lane News
  • "First impressions of the 2013 Kia Optima's interior are exceptionally favorable. Where most other family sedans in this segment fall somewhere between sedate and bland, the Optima has a distinct European flair." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "If the Optima were a farmer, its standard-equipment crop would be bountiful." -- Car and Driver (2011)

Seating

Test drivers agree that the Kia Optima has comfortable seats and lots of passenger space, but they note that the sloping roofline limits back-seat headroom. Buyers can upgrade to leather seats, Nappa leather seats, cooled and heated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and power-adjustable front seats.

  • "There's plenty of legroom for all passengers, although rear headroom is slightly compromised by the dramatic roofline." -- Left Lane News
  • "The front seats are pretty comfortable for tall folks, but the Optima's sharply raked rear roofline may cause some headroom issues for the rear-seat passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Optima has a fairly spacious cabin, with comfortable seats and a useful amount of legroom front and rear. Headroom (particularly in back) is a bit tight due to the car's rakish, coupelike roof line." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The available leather upholstery makes the cabin feel classy. The ability to get heated and cooled front seats, a heated rear seat, and a heated steering wheel in a car in this price class is practically unheard of." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Kia Optima include satellite radio, USB and auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth and a cooling glove box. The Optima can be equipped with power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, HD Radio, navigation, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot detection with cross traffic alert, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, push-button start, proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control with back-seat vents and an electronic parking brake.

Most auto critics are pleased with the Optima’s interior features, saying that the touch-screen display makes it easy to use the audio and navigation systems. Many are impressed that the 2014 Optima is available with so many upscale features.

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  • "In our limited testing of Uvo, we found it to work quite well. For those cars with navigation, you get a touchscreen interface that's easy to use for both navigation and operating the stereo alike." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Backlit, inset gauges are easy to see in most any lighting condition. This is in direct contrast to the steering-wheel buttons, which are not well-lit at all." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Options like a panoramic roof, heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seats (including rear bun warmers!) are unheard of in this segment, and sitting in a fully-loaded SX for a few minutes is enough to make one wonder if Kia won't lure more than a few premium-badge buyers for their troubles." -- Autoblog (2011)
  • "We're talking about niceties like heated steering wheel, heated-and-ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats (the center of the bench isn't heated), panoramic sunroof and a glovebox that offers a cooling function. Stuff you can brag to your neighbors about." -- Kelley Blue Book (2011)

Cargo

Test drivers are pleased with the 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space the Kia Optima offers, which is more than what many rivals have. One reviewer says that the trunk opening is a bit small, which makes it hard to load bigger items.

  • "Trunk space is ample, but a fairly small opening and sickle-shaped hinges limit usefulness somewhat. The 60/40 split rear seat backs fold forward to increase cargo room, but the pass-through opening is rather small, and the resulting load floor isn't flat. Interior small-item storage is good." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Trunk volume, however, is impressive: At 15.4 cubic feet, the Optima beats most of the class." -- Cars.com (2011)
Review Last Updated: 4/16/14

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