2014 Kia Optima

MSRP $21,500

Ranked #5 in Sedan

7.9

Overall Rating

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2014 Kia Optima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 14, 2021

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We are quite familiar with the bland styling family sedans used to have but things are changing at a steady pace. Automakers like Kia have made it their primary duty, providing us buyers with striking designs. You know someone is very serious about looks when they hire professional help from Audi. But the Optima is much more than just its looks, it’s a story of luxury, reliability, and feature-richness.

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Pros

Gorgeous exteriors 

Luxurious interior on higher trims

Value for money 

Available hybrid engine

Cons

Storage spaces are not really useful per se 

Constrained headroom for rear-seat passengers

What's New?

Noticeable upgrades in the front fascia 

4.3-inch LCD instrument cluster display 

New designs for seats 

Blind Spot Monitor & Rear cross-traffic available 

New driving modes available 

Rear parking sensors are available 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

137 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

192 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

181 lb.-ft. @ 4250 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

110 in.

length

190.7 in.

width

72.1 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

3237 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/28/34 mpg

highway range

629 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$21,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Kia Optima in Aurora Black color
Aurora Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2014 Optima is one of those cars that have better handling than what you generally expect on a non-performance sedan. However, smallish storage spaces on the inside are an evident drawback. As we spoke about things changing, rivals like the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and Mazda 6 are all trying to compete with equally desirable designs of their own.


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2014 Kia Optima Features

8.0/10

Kia has always provided more value for money than any automaker out there. Even though the 2014 Kia Optima comes in 5 trim, the base trim isn’t stripped of features like it usually is. The LX trim comes with alloy wheels, cruise control, and convenience features like keyless entry. The EX trim bumps up the features list with additions like leather upholstery, 8-way power driver seats, and keyless entry/ignition. We generally see these features on mid-level trims but Kia is doing what they do best.

The SX trim is where things start getting sporty with a more capable suspension setup, automatic headlights, and an option to have the turbocharged engine. The SX Turbo trim gets that engine as standard with some aggressive exterior treatments. The SXL Turbo gets all the SX Turbo’s features plus gets funky red brake calipers and premium Nappa leather upholstery. Overall the features list on the Optima has covered all the bases. For added luxury, across the trims, you find three optional packages to upgrade the feature load. These include the Convenience Plus, Premium, and Technology packages and though they carry additional costs, they are worth every dollar you spend on them. 

Trim

LX

EX

SX

SX Turbo

SXL Turbo

MSRP (FWD)

$21,500

$23,950

$25,500

$27,500

$35,300

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels

In addition to LX trim features with:

In addition to EX trim features with:

In addition to SX trim features with:

In addition to SX Turbo features with:

 

fog lights

8-way power driver seat 

18-inch alloy wheels 

Turbocharged engine 

LED fog lamps

 

Heated power mirrors

Laminated windows, auto-dimming rearview mirror 

Sport-tuned suspension, automatic HID headlights 

Sport-tuned suspension 

RED brake calipers

 

Keyless entry, tilt-telescopic steering 

17-inch alloy wheels

Turbocharged engine available 

Aggressive styling

Electronic parking brake

 

Cruise control, air conditioning 

Keyless entry & ignition 

Steering mounted paddle shifters 

Black grille with chrome trim

Nappa leather upholstery 

 

Height adjustable driver seat 

Leather upholstery, dual-zone auto climate control 

LED taillights 

Chrome door handles and window sills 

Heated and cooled front seats

 

6-speaker sound system with CD player and iPod interface 

Rear A/C vents

4.5-inch LCD drivers display and better gauges 

Two 12V DC power outlets 

Heated rear seats 

We Recommend

The 2014 Kia Optima comes quite loaded with features even on the base trim why not get some convenience features and better upholstery while you are at it. We pretty confidently recommend the EX-trim which already has most of the comfort features like leather upholstery and automatic climate control. Safety features on the Optima are optional on all the trims so getting the technology package will be a wise decision.

2014 Kia Optima Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2014 Kia Optima comes with two engine options and with an FWD drivetrain only. The base trim comes with a 2.4L inline-4 gasoline engine that produces 192 horses & 181 lb-ft of torque and is mated to the exclusive 6-speed automatic transmission option. The 2.0L turbo engine is the real champion here as it produces some serious power at 274 hp & 269 lb-ft of torque. For efficiency-conscious people, Kia also offers a hybrid motor coupled with a 2.4L engine. This engine has a good balance of power and economy as it produces almost a similar 199 hp but better torque than the base engine.

Driving the Optima is overall a comfortable experience but the handling part isn’t particularly great, all because of the numb steering. The optional sporty suspension hampers with the ride quality so steer clear of those trims. Acceleration on the Optima feels slightly underwhelming. Summing it all up, the Optima doesn’t feel underpowered and the transmission is smooth for daily driving.

Models

2014 Kia Optima

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Mazda MAZDA6

2014 Nissan Altima

MSRP

$21,500

$21,970

$20,990

$22,170

Engine

2.4L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed Automatic

6-Speed manual

CVT 

Power (hp @ rpm)

192 @ 6,300

175 @ 6,000

184 @ 5,700

182 @ 6,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

181 @ 4,250

175 @ 4,500

185 @ 3,250

180 @ 4,000

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.4

8.8

7.8

8.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.5

16.5

15.9

16.0

Top-Speed (MPH)

150

130

125

130

The Kia Optima produces the most power but it's not the quickest. The MAZDA6 and Nissan Altima both come with similar performance figures and distinguish themselves from the competitors with unique 6-speed manual and CVT setups, respectively. But the Mazda is the quickest car among the rivals clocking 7.8 seconds to the 60mph mark and is closely followed by the Nissan and Kia that take 8.4 seconds. The Ford Fusion produces the lowest outputs in the segment and lurks at the bottom of the table with the slowest acceleration out of all the cars here.

2014 Kia Optima Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The fuel economy is the most important concern for anyone in this segment. The Optima is right in the middle ground when compared to its competition. The base engine returns decent efficiency of 27 MPG but the turbocharged engine takes a significant hit in its fuel economy. That engine provides 20 MPG in the city and 31 MPG highway. The hybrid engine, as expected returns a great economy of 35 MPG city and 39 MPG highway. The big 18.5 gallons fuel tank that comes equipped in the Optima offers a better-combined driving range than most of the competitors, managing nearly 500 miles with the base engine.

Models

2014 Kia Optima

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Mazda MAZDA6

2014 Nissan Altima

MPG (City)

23

22

25

27

MPG (Highway)

34

34

37

38

NPG (Combined) 

27

26

29

31

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

16.5

16.4

18

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

425.5/630/499.5

363/561/429

410/607/475.6

486/684/558

The Nissan Altima isn’t only the most economical car in the group that averages 31 MPG, it also gets a decently sized fuel tank allowing it a massive 558 miles of combined range. Surprisingly the Ford Fusion is the least economical sedan in comparison and also sports the least voluminous tank causing it to fall short on range. The Mazda 6 continues its affable performance in this aspect as well and remains a fierce competitor altogether.

2014 Kia Optima Interior

8.0/10

The 2014 Kia Optima comes with a good overall interior, it feels modern and upmarket. Though the base trims only get soft-touch plastic panels, in the higher trim you are greeted with high-quality Nappa leather upholstery. Most of the dashboard is busy with all the climate control switches and the infotainment system. The overall interior theme might look similar to what we get on Dodge cars, like the Dodge Dart. Not a bad thing as it could be Kia’s attempt to blend in with the crowd. The standard front seats are pretty flat but the passenger space is in abundance on the front row. The higher trim seats are plush with proper bolstering and ventilation.

The Optima has a slightly sloping roofline and that makes things bitter for taller guys at the back but they scoped out the seat bottoms to make you sit lower than usual. This solves the issue in most cases. The knee room and legroom are insanely good on this car. Your knees won’t touch the front seats even if you slouch down fully in your seats. The car is advertised as a 5-seater but the second row won’t fit the third passenger well as the cushioning in the middle is way too protruded. Overall, the interior of the Optima can get as plush as you want it to be as you climb up the trims and the passenger space isn’t causing any trouble either.

Models

2014 Kia Optima

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Mazda MAZDA6

2014 Nissan Altima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40/55.7/34.7

39.2/57.8/44.3

38.4/57.1/42.2

40/56.4/45

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.6/55.7/34.7

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.1/55.5/38.7

37.1/56.4/36.1

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

15.4

16

14.8

15.4

The cargo-carrying capacity of the Optima is great if you are concerned about the trunk volume. The opening is nice and wide, which makes loading/unloading cargo easier. There are folding seats but the pass-through space is quite frankly poor, to say the least, and most of the storage spaces inside the cabin are small. Space for all passengers is paramount in the 2014 Ford Fusion and even its cargo capacity of 16 cu.-ft is also class-leading. The Nissan and Kia have similar capacities of 15.4 cu.-ft, while the Mazda 6 ranks last. 

Some of the key interior features are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Nappa leather upholstery 
  • 10-way power seats with heating & ventilation (Optional)
  • Dual-pane sunroof
  • Keyless ignition 
  • 4.5-inch LCD drivers display 

How intuitive is the 2014 Kia Optima’s Infotainment unit?

Only the base trim Optima is ill-equipped in terms of infotainment system with just a 6-speaker stereo system. All the rest of the trims get the 8-inch screen with the UVO system. Bluetooth and USB ports are optional equipment and that will also get you the 8-speaker Infinity sound system with navigation and real-time traffic information. 

Some of the key infotainment features are:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • SiriusXM
  • Factory Navigation
  • USB ports
  • Infinity sound system
  • Navigation
  • SD card support
  • UVO software system 
  • CD player

2014 Kia Optima Exterior

7.0/10

After 2011’s redesign, it is only now that the car is getting some serious upgrades on the cosmetic side of things. As we spoke about Kia seeking help from Audi, they appointed the guy behind the Audi TT’s design and it has paid off. The Kia Optima is one of the best-looking sedans out there. For the most part, the design is more European-like, subtle but with just enough aggression. The front fascia is where all the anger is being displayed with the integrated grille and headlights design.

There are no body lines except for the one on the beltline. Although there are some fake vents on the front fenders. The chrome trim that runs along the roofline of the car adds to the panache of the overall soothing design. Overall, the 2014 Kia Optima is one gorgeous car that looks much expensive than it actually is.

Models

2014 Kia Optima

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Mazda MAZDA6

2014 Nissan Altima

Curb Weight (lbs)

3237

3431

3183

3108

Length (inches)

190.7

191.7

191.5

191.5

Width (inches)

72.1

72.9

72.4

72

Height (inches)

57.1

58.1

57.1

57.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.1

5.3

6.4

5.4

Wheelbase (inches)

110

112.2

111.4

109.3

The Ford Fusion is relying on the muscular design language of the automaker. The MAZDA6 is a step ahead of the competition as far as the design is concerned. The 2014 Nissan Altima as well looks fine if not bad, but we must say this- No car here comes even close to the Kia Optima. Though it has the shortest measuring 110 inches, its ground clearance of 5.1 inches gives it a rather planted look. 

Some of the key exterior features are:

  • HID headlights
  • Chrome trim on the roofline 
  • Black grille with chrome borders 
  • Dynamic DRLs 
  • LED fog lamps
  • 18-inch wheels 

2014 Kia Optima Safety

6.0/10

The Kia Optima has been on the top of the safety game in previous years and this year isn’t anything different. It has got the best safety rating from the NHTSA & IIHS both, becoming one of the best performing mid-size sedans in the segment. While most of the ratings in NHTSA tests are 5-stars, the side barrier front seat has got only 3-stars. It also has scored Good in all the IIHS crash tests except for that newly introduced small front overlap, it has got an Acceptable mark here. But still, the car has managed to get the Top Safety Pick+ rating and that’s what matters to most people. 

Some of the standout safety features on offer are:

  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Rearview camera
  • Hill assist control
  • Brake assist
  • Rear Cross-traffic alerts 
  • Back-up warning sensor 
  • Rear parking sensors 

2014 Kia Optima Final Verdict

The 2014 Kia Optima is arguably better than most of the cars in its segment. The engine on this car has enough grunt for almost everyone. You can still opt for the power-hungry engine or just get the hybrid for the best of both worlds. The interior space is impressive in the Optima and the higher trims just make it luxurious with high-end leather and convenience features. The fuel efficiency is good, however, some of the rivals are better. But what the rivals don’t do is give you a feature-packed car that looks gorgeous and drives great as well. It is now a great time to migrate from the usual Japanese cars and get this South Korean masterpiece.

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