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2015 Kia Optima Receives Minor Updates, Upgraded UVO System

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/17/2014 Karla Sanchez

The Kia Optima was significantly refreshed for the 2014 model year, but that hasn't stopped the Korean automaker from further improving the 2015 Optima with subtle interior changes and an upgraded UVO infotainment system.

Although changes are minor, they should help improve driver functionality. The cruise control buttons have been moved to the right of the steering wheel spoke for easy access, while the UVO infotainment system has been upgraded to include four new eServices including Geo Fencing, Driving Score, Speed Alerts, and Curfew Alerts. LX models also get a new block cloth option, while SX-L models can now be had with contrasting white stitching on the upholstery. Brushed bezels on the sporty D-shaped steering wheel in the top-trim model also make it look more premium, while the acoustic laminated windshield that was previously exclusive to it is also now available across the entire 2015 Optima lineup, which includes the LX, SX, EX trims. 2015 Kia Optima© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia Optima

Smokey Blue metallic, Sparkling Silver, and Platinum Graphite are new exterior paint colors that replace the outgoing Bright Silver and Metal Bronze options. Everything else remains the same, including the 2.4-liter I-4 that makes 200 hp and 186 lb-ft torque on Optima LX and EX models. A six-speed manual is standard on the LX, while a six-speed automatic is optional and standard on all other Optimas. The SX and SX-L models boast a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that cranks out 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Pricing has not yet been revealed, but we don’t expect it to change much from the 2014 Kia Optima's starting price of $22,300, including destination. 2015 Kia Optima© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia Optima

Source: Kia

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