2015 Kia Optima

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Kia Optima. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-27 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    192-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
  • View more specs

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Sharp styling
  • Richly appointed cabin
  • Roomy trunk

The Bad

  • Backseat headroom
  • Folding backseat leaves small opening

Notable Features of the 2015 Kia Optima

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

2015 Kia Optima Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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...
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

 


Latest 2015 Optima Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Smooth,sleek and sexy ride/look

by Sleek Ebony from Raytown, Mo on August 26, 2018

My 2015 Kia Optima rides so smooth,good gas mileage. Compact but yet spacious on the inside to seat a family of five comfortable. It drives as good as it looks and I look good driving my car. Read full review

(1.0)

Almost like I put it together myself.

by Amanda from Birmingham, AL on August 20, 2018

Doesn't have any appeal, the seats are bit comfortable at all, a good bit of dragging noise (husband is a mechanic), and just not at all worth what was paid for it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Kia Optima currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Kia Optima LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Optima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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