2015 Kia Optima

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$13,256
$6,987
below average
33,195 Miles
12,843
Miles above average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 33195
Color: BLUE
Body Style: Sedan
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Engine Type: I4
Drive Train: FWD
Location: El Cajon, CA
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Pleasant and efficient

5
smartoldlady on 11/29/2016

Customer Service: 5.0 Friendliness: 5.0 Pricing: 5.0 Overall Experience: 5.0

I met with Royal Wilkinson and had a pleasant,eficient experienceI met with Royal Wilkinson and had a pleasant and efficient experience. He went above and beyond with service, which I greatly appreciated especially since I am 83 yrs.. I love my new (used) Imprezza and I will certainly recommend your Dealership to any and all. Thank you Royal

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
3.8
  Based on 39 reviews

2015 Kia Optima

4
randy Gwirtz on 10/03/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 4

Over all decent car. The passenger seat does sit low. Decent gas mileage. Do like the heated and cooled seats especially in the summer time for the cool vented seats. Overall I do like the way it drives and handles and it does seem like a very well built vehicle.

Great purchase

5
Dian on 09/29/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating:

Car has everything you need in a vehicle.

2015 Optima Engine Failure!!!

1
Yvette714 on 09/12/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 1 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 1

I bought my 2015 Kia Optima in October 2014 brand new from the Pomona dealership. My car currently has about 47,500 miles on it, less than 2 yrs old, and has had knocking noise when accelerating, white smoke out of tailpipe, and check engine light came on right before it started violently shaking. I then had to have it towed to a Kia dealership. I have kept up with routine oil changes/maintenance. After googling this issue, I found that there were MULTIPLE complaints with newer KIAs regarding the same issues. I am hoping, unlike MANY of the complaints & class action lawsuit I read online, that my engine will be covered under warranty. This engine needs to be RECALLED (like the Hyundai Sonata engine)! I also spoke with my neighbor who has a Kia Optima with the same issues (Hers is making a loud knocking noise). I also have received comments from numerous friends on Facebook who complain of the same issue as well. The dealership says its Oil Sludge. I took care of my car like I should have & am stuck now in a hardship both financially & physically. Super stressful!!! Especially when I have previously owned/leased 5 other cars before this with absolutely NO mechanical problems…My previous car was a Toyota Camry with over 100k miles on it and ran perfectly when I sold it to buy a new Kia. I maintained it the same way I have maintained my Kia and the other cars I’ve had (Lexus, Nissan, Honda). This is the first time I’ve ever had a major issue with a car I’ve owned… And it was bought brand new (unlike some of my other previous cars)! In speaking with a few different mechanics and friends who know a lot about cars, this seems to be a KIA engine issue, and they know of no cars that get oil sludge being this new and even cars who have gone without oil changes for 15k+ miles. DON'T BUY A KIA!!!!!!!!!!!

Optima is optimal.

5
james karas on 08/08/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:

Awesome

5
saheed adekunle on 07/29/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating:

Optima okay could be better for the price

4
dimas Hernandez on 06/10/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:

Passenger seat too loooooow

4
sad car buyer on 04/25/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 2

check out the passenger seat this will turn you off on this car

Great car for first time buyers!! :)

5
Susen tomlinson on 04/18/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Not my dream car. I want a 2009 Pontiac G8. Bought my first car used and I'm only 24 so not much credit to go on. Used car dealer ships are VERY difficult to get approved from (really on a used car)? Out of all the new cars I'm not a Kia fan but I like the optima because it has a nice sporty sleek look to it. I honestly figured I wasn't going to get approved any way so for the fun of it I went down to the Kia dealer ship and took one for a test drive. The sales guy I worked with was great. Lowered the price so there bank would approved me and I got my first brand new car. The car runs great. I will admit the eco thing (where when you stop it stops using gas and runs on the battery) or something like that, takes some getting use to because you can feel the difference from when you stop and them when you go. Besides that everything is great!!

Less than 10,000 miles on this vehicle.

1
Fadal on 04/09/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 2 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 1

I have now owned this vehicle for less than a month and can truly say, I made a "BIG" mistake. This car has very poor gas mileage, the steering wheel is hard and cheap making it difficult to drive with comfort. The cruise control does not work properly. When driving on the freeway, the car tends to swerve causing me to keep both hands on the wheel at all times to control. The passenger seat is ridiculously low. I can go on and on about this car. I took it back to the dealer less than 2 days after purchasing it, and they wanted to give me a trade in value of $13,000 - 6,000 less than what I paid. "Big mistake" I will never buy another Kia.

Beautiful car but poor mileage.

3
Bill C on 04/03/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

I love the looks of the car but feel the mileage is poor for a mid sized car,

More than I expected from a new mid-sized sedan

4
Tyler on 03/03/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

I leased this car after my 2002 Ford Taurus was finally put to rest. I grew up riding in that car as a kid, it was my first car, and I broke 200k miles in it; bear that in mind as you read this review. When I test drove this car, my first impressions were that the steering was loose, the interior was excellent, and it was far and away the best looking midsize sedan in its class alongside the Ford Fusion. I liked it, and it was the cheapest lease deal I found, believe it or not. With taxes/fees etc. I paid $1000 down and $177 a month for a two year lease. Performance-wise, this car met my expectations. The 2.4L puts down 192 HP and 181 ft-lbs of torque. It accelerates as hard as I'd ever want or need it to, and I never have problems passing people. The brakes, as in any proper new car, are fantastic. Thankfully this car has a true automatic transmission instead of a CVT (which I can't stand) and it even has the option to go into a pseudo-manual mode. The tranny searches for gears very rarely. The steering, like I said before, is really loose. I got used to it, it really isn't that big of a deal. Test drive one and you'll see what I mean. The steering is probably the biggest point about this car to be debated. The seats are excellent. They hold you in when you throw the car through a corner and they keep you comfortable on long road trips. The rear seats are good too. There is a good amount of leg room for its class. It rides as smooth as you'd expect it to for a mid-sized sedan. The headlights are FANTASTIC. It has HIDs for the standard lights, and halogens for the high beams. What's nice about this car is it has fog lights as a standard feature. Unfortunately, they really don't do a whole lot. I can barely notice the difference with them on, even in fog/rain/darkness, but it doesn't matter anyway because the normal lights work so well by themselves. I think Kia just put them there as a way to "one-up" other car companies. They make it look better. The rear visibility is not that good, for some reason. Blind spots and forward visibility is great, but rear visibility seems limited. You can still see fine, but the field of view is smaller than what I'm used to. There is no standard rear view camera. A lot of other new cars have this as a standard feature, which is something to keep in mind. The bluetooth feature is nice because I've never used it before on my phone. It is all very intuitive once you set it up at the dealership. The stereo is...not that good. It works fine and enjoy listening to it, but it definitely isn't the best. Changing the bass/treble/middle etc. doesn't help much. This is probably the worst feature of the car, and thankfully that isn't saying a whole lot. It came with 3 months of free satellite radio, which I didn't really care about. I listen to my radio stations, iPod, and CDs. All are very easy to use in this car. The climate controls are great. Everything is set up intuitively and it warms up/cools down the cabin quickly when I want it to. The interior materials themselves actually surprised me. There is quite a bit of soft and hard touch materials in this interior, and it was designed really well. It is a really pleasing place to be. My grandpa wouldn't shut up about it when I took him for a ride, he thought he was riding in a Cadillac. It's designed really well but at the same time you know you aren't in a high end luxury vehicle either. To be fair, there isn't a whole lot of cheap plastic - they instead opted for a lot of leathery-like materials and it really looks good. The tires are just a standard all-season, Nexen (Korean tire). Nothing to write home about, but it isn't anything less than I'd expect. This car does as well as I'd expect it would in the dirty, snowy, icy winters Buffalo is famous for. I don't underestimate the importance of the quality of tire you put on your vehicle, and I have to say I'm pleased with how these tires (and the car in general) have gotten me through the winter. They aren't outstanding, but they get the job done. I get 29 mpg in this car and I drive it pretty hard. I'd say I have a 70% highway 30% city mix, and I drive fast on the highway (65-75 mph). When I actually do the speed limit, I get 33 mpg in this car with 87 octane. I'm pleased with that, considering how spirited of a driver I am. To sum up, I'd say the strengths of this car are how incredibly good looking it is, and how attractive and intuitive the interior is compared to the other cars in its class. Its weakness is its sound system. I'm an enthusiast and would rather be driving a Subaru WRX or Focus RS, but for now this is what I can afford that is new. This car was everything I expected/wanted out of it. I got this car because I needed something that wouldn't break down, (a new car) something that isn't terrible in the snow, (Front Wheel Drive) and was the cheapest lease deal I could find.

Very Happy So Far

4
Michelle on 03/01/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 4

I bought this vechile 5 months ago after having a horrible experince with the Chevy Cruise. The car itself is by far prettier than the chevy. I love the look of it and the colour. The interior is a bit light so I sprayed sctoch gard on it in hopes that will persver the life of it. But the seats clean easily and well to my surprise. The inside cabin has a nice and comfortble feel. I like the seats. The passenger seat sits low but that is good considering my husband is 6"7 so this provides him with comfort for his head. Plenty of leg room. My son and his buddies say the backseat is very comfortable. They actually perfer sitting in the back. I do think the seats could had used a little more cushing. Newer cars get less good gas mileage and thinner seats...every year it gets worse. The radio does not have good sound quality and I would had excepted more from the cars price range. But I love everything else. The car itself stops perfectly. I had a car pull out in front of me and I thought well there goes my new car and I hit the brake and came to a comfortable complete stop. I couldn't believe it. The other car kept driving like I wasn't even there. The pick up is great even on the economy. I've taken it off the economy a couple of times for a day at a time just to see and it doesn't really see to effect the gas much at all and gives a nice extra boost. I really like the smooth drive of the car. Very nice. The inside cabin is a big nosier than excepted but I honestly really love this car. I'm so glad I bought it. It is fun, handels well, safe and it looks nice. Inside and out. Plenty of storage in the trunk and the glove box and the arm rest. I really like this car. The only thing I would really consider when buying this is the gas mileage is poor. I average about 19mpg. There is a bar to help you see how you drive for the gas mileage and initially I was getting about 28mpg but the snow birds are here so that makes stopping and going mading and well it has dropped quite a bit. That I'm not really happy about but what are you going to do? Still would buy the car again. Love this Optima.

How low can the passenger seat go?

4
Anabelle on 03/01/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

I like my optima except for the passenger front seat is too low. It woukd be fine for someone 5'5 or taller but otherwise you feel like you are in a small cage with only windows looking up to the sky. Otherwise all other seats and parts of the car are great. Wish there was a light in the trunk. Great deal and great seevice.

Great car

5
Carolyn on 02/22/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Love this car

2015 kia optma

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TED BURGER on 02/16/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2 Safety Rating: 1 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 3

Would be a nice car if you had steering control at highway speeds. At speeds over 55 car requires constant adjustment to keep it straight. If you do not adjust the steering wheel constantly you will find your self in the other lane or off the road. Kia seems to think this is normal, car has been in the shop 3 times for the same issue. THIS CAR IS UNSAFE TO DRIVE.

Love my new ride!

5
Christy Mills on 01/27/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

My previous car was a 2011 Kia Optima, which was the first year Kia totally re-designed their Optima line, and I absolutely loved it. I hated to let it go, but couldn't resist the opportunity to get a brand new one that still had the beautiful body styling. I personally am not very fond of the design changes they made to the 2016 model, so was very happy to find this 2015 one with all the bells and whistles as well as the pearl white color I was hoping for.

Great looking, horrible quality, worst performance

1
Jerry Adilla on 01/26/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 2

To start off i wanna say that i really did want to love this car, i hadnt had a kia befor but was rather enthusiastic to get this vehicle. It looks great, the exterior the lights daul exhaust ect.. Problem 1.THIS CAR IS SLOOOOW, forget the exterior profile, stance, whatever. This cars take off, acceleration, both are slow.. even with the manual mode. 2. This cars quality is extremly low. Since i got this car a year ago i have have more problems then i ever have befor ever with any other leased vehicle. My car has gone as far as to have water (after rain) get stuck inside the compartment behind the glove box and leak into my passanger seat.. and flood the floor and carpet. MY WINDOWS FREEZE AND LOCK CONSTANLY . And kia dealrship says there doors are ment to do that? The antenna has also fell off.. 3. Kia dealership is hard to deal with ahen it comes to these issues.. Many issues are blown off and said to just be "a kia thing" The wear on this car for one year is bad. I had my wheels rotated and saw the rust under the brakes, j have never seen a car get that rusted befor in such a small amount of time.. 1 yr.. i guess you get what you pay for but like this wasnt all to cheap either.. .. i really wanted to like this car.. i would definetly not recomend it, the braking system locks up and the car skids.. this happened to me just after getting it, i understand i am a fast driver, never crashed.. but i hit the brakes one day and it skid, not for to long.. but definet clear skid.. it was honestly kind of emberessing.. .. I wouldnt recommend

Optima LX /w ConvPackPlus

4
Michael on 01/24/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 30

At a little over 8000 miles, the automobile is serving me well. No problems at all. Seating is comfortable. Power's fine at 192 horses. Gas mileage is good, mine are mostly highway miles. Road noise is a little louder than I'd like, but its not an upscale vehicle, more of a very adequate one. That is what I sought when I purchased it.

review

4
lee kilmer on 01/14/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Great car for the money. Styling, comfort and peppy engine. Couldn't ask for a better car for the money. Just wish i'd spent more for the EX. Would buy another.

I love my kia optima

5
Barry Sims on 01/07/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I bought my 2015 kia optima in NOV. 2014 and it now has 20,500 miles. I love this car. I have owned over 3 new vehicles and this is by far the best one yet. The exterior is very sleek and the interior is great as well. The only complaint i have about this vehicle is the fact that the front passenger seat is very low and does not adjust. Also you can not get this vehicle in a manual transmission. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone and i would purchase another one if i ever had the need for a new vehicle.

Screwed when left the car lot

1
Debbie Hamilton on 12/16/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 1 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 1

The 2015 Kia Optima rode very smooth and I truly enjoyed it. When I first purchased it I enjoyed the car. I drove it home from the dealership and it kept pulling to the right. So, I take it back to the dealership and they said to take to service. I take it back to the service and they were to put it on the machine which I truly doubt it. Because it is still pulling to the right. It is also hard to keep in the road. My next problem is that the engine roars load and it shakes. I have taken it to the service department and all they do is drive it. The next thing is "I can't duplicate the problem". I also have had a sour smell coming from the air condition. But the service department keeps saying it doesn't have a smell. I paid 89.00 to have it serviced for the smell and later they realized that it did have a smell. so that gave me a oil change coupon instead of giving me my money back. It took 3 times for them to actually take care of this. The transmission is another problem that I have been have with this car. When riding in a 30 mile drive condition, the transmission jerks and boots. The service manager has driven and has seen it boot but, he claims it is the way the car is to run. The tires on this car roars so loud when you are riding down the road that you can not hear yourself think. The also has chips of tire missing from the tires. For a new car I have had so much trouble and the service department fail to work on it. All they do is drive the car so the mileage can bill up. Also, the brakes on this car rubs and I feel it is a safety hazard to all men. Kia is aware of all these problems. They just don't want to admit they have lemons. I have a 2015 Kia Optima LX which was purchased with 3 miles. I have replaced my windshield wipes and I can not get any help from the service manager or the maker. The tech from headquarters was to come out but all of a sudden he decides not to come. I have had so many problems and I am so unhappy with this car. It makes me wonder it I received a car that the mileage has been set back. It runs like a car that has been used. How does a new engine shakes and makes the dashboard shake? How can anyone get help from a service department that does not want to help. Kia has cost me a lot of unnecessary time at the service department and has cost my faith in Kia to be none at all. I purchased the vehicle from Victory Kia of Victoria TX and I will not referred anyone to this dealership. Victory is only concerned with selling not their customers. What am I to do with a car that is not doing what the papers and sales people said it would do.

i went from a Kia EX loaded to the LX

5
Terry Garbett on 12/01/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:

The 2015 Lx is quieter, acceleration superb, steering is solid, Not to fond of the brakes. A super sedan with a wow interior.

One of the best cars I've ever owned

5
BMT on 11/19/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I'm leasing an LX. Deal was too good to pass up. I've got a friend with an Optima - 2011 - he loves it. The 2015 has upgraded engine and performance which was one of his complaints on the 2011 model. The passenger front seat is ridiculously low...close to the floor, and not adjustable upwards. My wife could barely see over the dashboard and she is 5'4". I found out this is an ongoing complaint for this and other Hyundai and Kia models. I found a set of risers that bolt onto the original set points and raise the seat almost 2 inches. Easy install and corrected the problem. You can find them online...just do a search. Interior is well appointed and quality is fine at this price point. Car, looks, feels and drives like a more expensive model. I've owned BMW, and own a Honda Accord and this car easily competes with both of them at a lower purchase price. Edmunds has done a good review of all the features...I opted for the Convenience Plus Package upgrade which includes rearview camera, acoustically upgraded windows (noise reduction) and a few other goodies. It is worth it. Without the rearview camera you're going to find backing up entails lots of blind spots given the high rear end and a sharply raked rear window. I've driven this car in monsoon like rain at night and the handling, traction control, fog lamps...all served to give us a sense of control and safety. I bought the Sparkling Silver with light grey interior. Its sharp. At the price point

Junk car!

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Pauli on 11/11/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 1 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 1

Kia (and Hyundai) are trying to rival the Japanese with this optima. But they are not even close in terms of reliability and quality. This Optima may look good on the outside, but the looks are deceiving! Purchased a new 2015 Optima from Mr Fucilo Kia. It had 5,000 miles on it. What an absolute junk car! the dash is cheap and made of plastics that vibrates. Seats are uncomfortable. The transmission is very weak, it seeks gears like if it slipping and it only has 5,000 miles on it. With the AC on the car feel lifeless there is no power. The reason I call it a junk car is because the engine blew on me in the middle of the highway, I had a sudden loss of power while i was in the middle lane, the electronics failed which caused the steering to be unresponsive and could not change direction. Now it needs a new engine, only after 5000 miles! what a joke! Definitely going back to Honda or Toyota, they are an established brand that has been around for decades. They know how to make cars! How long have Kia and Hyundai been on the roads with this GDi engine? maybe 5 years?

Great car so far

5
Carl on 11/03/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I purchased the Kia Optima Turbo SXL and I must say I'm very impressed with the ride quality. The Car is very very fast and gets up to 100 miles with very little effort in normal mode. If you put it in Sports Mode, forget it this thing is crazy fast. The ride is smooth and quite yet its has the sportiness when you want it. I was going to get the 2106 Maxima but I'm glad I decided on this car instead. The Maxima is a nice car but the Kia has some advantages over it. The Max takes premium gas, the Kia takes regular gas. The Max has a CVT transmission and the Kia has an 6 gear transmission and the Kia has a much better warranty. The Max is 8 k more. All in all i'm happy with my decision and don't regret it one bit.

Sooooo HAPY I bought this OPTIMA!

5
Big Dipper on 10/25/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Bought this new KIA OPTIMA EX last week...already took it on a road trip. I must say I'm very impressed with this car...I like the way it drives like a small sports car....very comfy for me and I'm 6'3" and 240lbs.....I've always worn a baseball cap and it does NOT touch my PANORAMIC SUNROOF as someone else suggested, very comfy electric leather seats, remote start is flawless, the UVO entertainment system with the premium sound is awesome.....I was listening to STUDIO 54 on SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO with the high-end woofer and it was hitting bass with some conviction! I'm sooooohappy I didn't buy a CAMRY OR ACCORD.......I'm tired of seeing them every 30 seconds :)........ Get an OPTIMA....you'll love it like I do!

very pleased after 6 months

5
Jeff R on 10/11/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I bought a Kia Optima LX after previously owning bmw 528, and nissan maxima. I wanted to save money and not spend so much on a car. I was attracted to the warranty and the commercials, but was leery of a Korean, bargain basement brand. I must say, I have been impressed with everything. The power (0-60 in under 9 seconds on regular unleaded), the air conditioning is fantastic and the stereo is surprising good. It includes sirius/xm and ipod/iphone ports. I really do not miss driving the bmw or the maxima, very happy KIA customer so far.

My 1st Kia

4
Maine O on 10/07/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Let me start by saying I am a Chrysler driver so I'm use to leather and bigger cars. I decided to try a smaller but nice looking car, 2015 Kia Optima is that so I now own one. Good things: 1. Great on gas!!!!! I drive a good bit for work I average about 37 miles a gallon! 2. Handling and this car is fast the LX I'm speaking of. On the highway you can do 80mph and not realize it. 3. Smooth ride comfortable driver seat. 4. By your speedometer it tells you how many miles before your out of gas. 5. Bluetooth 6. Turn signals on left and right mirrors 7. Price!!! 8. Gas cab is in a locked door Not so good: 1. The front passenger seat is like sitting on the floor! 2. Stereo system is ok doesn't compare to my factory chrysler 300 stereo system. I do recommend buying the kia LX I never sat in passenger set during purchase but I judge my cars on back seat comfort and I am pleased with back seats by the way. Kia you get 4 stars from this pleased customer. I will say if you raise the passenger set you get 5 stars.

Catchy title :-)

4
Linda Quinonez on 09/22/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 2

the car is very uncomfortable- head rest is a pure nightmare.. wish I never would have bought this cheaply made car. Looked good impressed with body style- not impressed with anything else about it. Sorry I 'm stuck with it now. Didn't drive it much during the winter until last weekend and still not thrilled.. but nothing I can do about it now. Do like exterior appearance but very uncomfortable seats and unable to position for comfort. Not happy

Love my optima

5
susan on 09/19/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I love this car!!! I bought this car a year ago I now have 50k miles on it. I obviously do a lot of driving. I have noticed a few things to consider if you are looking to buy one. The front passenger seat is very low and not adjustable. The paint is chipping on my hood and the clear coat is flaking on the front bumper. I have not had time to take it in yet but I intend to because that is not acceptable. Also the weather stripping around the drivers door is gone it looks as if it's dry rotted. As far as everything else the car looks great and drives smooth. I have had no mechanical issues with it. The hands free system is pretty awesome the sound quality of the radio is good. I was a little upset when after having the car for only 2 days I ran over something in the road and got a flat tire and had to have the car towed to a dealership because there was no spare tire. I get really good gas mileage out of it. It has great take off power. All in all its a great car and I will definitely look at the optima again when I am ready to buy again.

Wish I had kept my 2013 Optima

2
Luisa Martinez on 09/16/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: Value Rating:

I purchased a 2015 Kia Optima and traded in my 2013 Kia Optima. I was somewhat rushed into this sale so I feel sort of cheated out of my decision. I realize I signed the contract but the finance manager was so rude and when I was not in agreement he would get mad and make faces and pace around like crazy. I felt like the internet sales group and finance manager were just interested in making their cut on the deal. They didn't even let me look around at other vehicles. They just drove one up to the front of the dealership and said this one is perfect for you. My old Kia was good and I only had like 12,000 miles on it. It was practically brand new still. I don't like the passenger seat that does not go up or down. You sit way too low like a low rider ugh! That is one thing I did not notice when I looked at the car. Another thing the only difference in the car I had and the new one is the buttons on the steering wheel and they are awkward. Other than that and the unprofessional people at the dealership I like the car. Now that I have driven the new Kia. I have found that the passenger seat sits way too low. There is no lever to adjust the height on that seat. You are basically stuck with it. Not really many changes to this new Kia to my 2013 besides the passenger seat being too low and a few extra buttons on the steering wheel. The dealership did not even try to call me or write me to apologize for their finance manager's dealings nor nothing. Like I said they are just in it for what they can make out of each deal and not customer satisfaction.

Not For Tall People (2013) model

2
Matt D on 08/09/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 24

Car has plenty of leg room but when seat all the way back the door post blocks your view. Passenger seat is way too low and cannot be adjusted up? ( PS Noticed that Kia finally offers a 10 way adjustable passenger seat for 2016 ) No lock on glove box? Poor visability over hood. Road noise excessive, will be changing tires with less than 15,000 K on odometer. Bluetooth will not stay connected? Car does look good though, get complements on a daily basis (Metal Bronze) color. Car has lots of features that are not found on higher priced sedans. Heated rear seats and power folding mirrors are two of them. Wish there was a power outlet that was powered when car is turned off, and wish there was one in the rear or in the trunk like VW. Car is extremely low in the front, looks great but have to be very careful when parking near curb or concrete stops. Dealership is not a well managed place. Employees look like used car dealers from Detroit. When going to the dealer I usually see the entire staff sitting around eating. The place looks and smells like a Deli. They are not very professional and if you are there for any reason (other than giving them a blank check) or a lease for a NEW car, they are completely disinterested. Just changed OEM tires and purchased top rated Pirelli P7, road noise and ride did not improve. Must be the cheap suspension components that are causing the noise.

All is good other than the UVO/Nav that wont power

5
richard miner on 08/02/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:

This is my first Kia and I have been happy with it most of the time with the exception of the Stereo/Nav unit not coming on for 2-3 Min (rear camera works). I had just moved to the Austin are and needed the Nav unit for work and I paid and extra 5K to get the upgrade to the model which had intergraded Nav unit . This car has been into the dealer 8-10 times for this same thing in the past 180 days, which started 2 weeks after I bought it and continues to this day. Not sure if this is just a "this car issue" I have recorded the issue almost every time. If this issue could be fixed I would be very happy with the car but after my experience with this Kia, Toyota or Honda is starting to look like a better choice for me. I think Kia is doing all they can to resolve the issue but we are no closer than when I started.

Great Car

4.8
cheapgreg100 on 07/05/2015

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my 2nd Kia Optima EX Base model. its a 2015. I love the Premium package (definitely worth the $3000 to 5000 upcharge but until things get better for me I am very satisfied with the EX Base. I've had my car for a week but I had the exact model in a 2012 and I love it. The newer one is quieter and has voice activated radio and the controls on the steering wheel are different.

Love my car!

5
adrip on 06/01/2015

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've owned this car for about 6 months and couldn't be more please with the performance, design and gas mileage. We recently took a road trip and averaged 41 miles to the gallon. It is extremely comfortable and fun to drive. I traded a 2005 BMX X5 and was worried my Optima might be a disappointment. It was certainly not disappointment. In fact, since my purchase, my daughter as well as my parents have purchase a new Kia.

Decent car for the price

4
cvs8floz on 03/25/2015

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Purchased a new 2015 Optima EX with premium package in January just when we got all the snow in Boston to replace a 2009 Hyundai Sonata that was totaled in an accident. Kind of had to rush the buying process and only looked at a few other cars. Got the car for under $23K delivered before taxes and fees, more than $5K off sticker. Generally happy with the car, good power, handles well, comfortable driver's seat. City mileage worse than advertised. Head clearance could be better. More difficult to access rear seat than other cars. No spare tire. Trunk release button hard to find with gloves. Front passenger seat is way too low, feel like you are sitting in a hole, did not catch in test drive

Almost - but not quite

3.3
chefshellie on 03/06/2015

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought the 2015 Optima EX, fully loaded. It had every feature my Lexus IS 250 had and was in my new (lower) price range. Unfortunately, just because it has those features doesn't mean they work well, or as they should. My biggest annoyance is that the passenger seat is WAY too low. It does not have an up/down feature (why only 4 way power?) and at 5'6", I can barely see over the dashboard like a 10 year old, and at 42, I am not about to sit on a pillow. This is a real drag.

an optimal automobile

4.9
arubin on 01/05/2015

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Traded in my 2012 optima ex turbo, for a 2015 kia optima sx turbo.The 2012 was a very reliable and fun to drive car.The 2015 is quieter, rides smoother,handles a little better, better stereo, and nicer dash board.Sportier and great steering wheel.All and all Kia made a very good car even better, and the value is amazing.

So Close... so, so close...

4
cbevil on 11/29/2014

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating:

First, let me say that I bought the 2015 Kia Optima to replace a 2014 Ford Fusion that was an absolute POS. After spending a solid year fighting with FoMoCo about transmission and interior issues, I traded the Fusion at a severe loss because I just couldnt trust the car. For Edmunds to prefer the Fusion over others is mind boggling. The Optima is almost a great car, but it is beyond me how you can screw up something like stereo features on a 2015 car. Ride is good - not great. Interior is roomy and comfy. Performance is much better than the Fusion... But the stereo and steering wheel controls are just goofy - bad layout and bad function. Update after owning the car for about 18 months: The lack of tech for a car at this price point is disturbing, and what tech it has is poorly designed at best. The radio works, but is nothing special and ipod controls are pathetic. The handling gets squirrelly at speeds over 75. High winds blow the car like it has a sail on the roof. Gas mileage drops off significantly at speeds over 60 and arent great in city driving. That said, the seats are good. The addition of a rear heated seat is nice. Front cooled seats are nice but barely function. Rear airflow is poor and you have to close off at least 2 front vents for the rear vents to have any airflow. Kia warranty is a NIGHTMARE to deal with and if you cant show maintenance receipts they will void the warranty. The requirement to have an oil change every 6 months - even for moderately low mileage - is archaic and wasteful. Dont get me wrong... its a good car. With some minor tweaks and Kia adopting the same corporate attitude as their sister company (hyundai) it could be great.



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