• (4.7) 106 reviews
  • MSRP: $10,135–$21,095
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24-27
  • Engine: 192-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2015 Kia Optima

Our Take on the Latest Model 2015 Kia Optima

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat headroom
  • Folding backseat leaves small opening

Notable Features

  • Five-seat midsize sedan
  • Choice of two gas engines
  • Hybrid version available
  • Automatic transmission standard

2015 Kia Optima Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The Kia Optima midsize sedan competes with everything from the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry to the Ford Fusion and Volkswagen Passat. It's offered with a choice of two four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged one, and comes with a standard automatic transmission.
New for 2015
Most trim levels now have an acoustic laminated windshield and Kia's UVO eServices with geo fencing, speed alert, curfew alert and driving score.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators; power-folding mirrors available
  • Chrome door handles
  • Fog lights
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available LED taillights
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Available rear spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Front bucket seats, 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats
  • CD stereo with USB port and MP3 jack; Infinity premium stereo available
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Air conditioning; dual-zone automatic air conditioning available
  • Cruise control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; heated steering wheel available
  • Available push-button start
  • Available navigation system
  • Available metal pedals

Under the Hood

  • 192-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 274-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed automatic transmission; steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles available
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera
  • Available rear parking sensors
  • Available blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

 

Consumer Reviews

(4.7)

Average based on 106 reviews

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Best car ever owned

by Marilora Redrick from Canton oh on November 7, 2017

Love the color. Love the roominess. Sound system great. Easy to drive. Would buy another kia next one

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5 Trims Available

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Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2015 Kia Optima trim comparison will help you decide.
 

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2015 Kia Optima Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Kia Optima EX

Front
A
Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Kia Optima EX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Overall evaluation
A
Retraints and dummy kinematics
G
Structure and safety cage
M

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A

Small overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Small overlap front
A
Structure and safety cage
M
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Kia Optima EX

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Kia Optima EX

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $2,200 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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