The Kia Optima for 2017 combines a strong value proposition and a sporty styling resulting in a vehicle that is hard to beat. Additionally, with plenty of luxury and convenience features, serene cabin, a superb blend of performance and fuel efficiency, it will definitely be on the priority list of anyone shopping in the midsize sedan segment. Its release date should be expected in March 2017.
The entry of the Optima in the market will be met with a fierce rivalry staged by known bigwigs such as Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion. And despite being in the segment for over fifteen years now, it only elevated itself recently from the lower bargain segment to a serious rival.
The Kia with its new looks and fresh appeal raises the bar a notch higher from the outgoing model that has helped shape its humble beginnings to a serious midsize vehicle. One notable thing that never changes in the Optima is its exterior design. Slightly taller, wider, and longer than its immediate predecessor but nothing much in terms of design and exterior cues. Although we expect new color additions to the existing color palette.
In order to notice the differences between the new and the outgoing model, you’ll need to either be hawk eyed or be a diehard Optima fan. The changes are subtle but are welcome nonetheless. The previous model offered was a success in the market and redesigning it significantly may result in unnecessary damages especially if buyers are still observing caution.
One thing is for sure though, the chassis comes with high-strength steel that underpins better high-speed stability, structural rigidity, and improved handling. There is nothing much to say when it comes to matters concerning under its hood as it carries over the previous engine entire lineup.
Even as we commend the efforts Kia has invested in the new 2017 Kia Optima, there are still some issues that could have been addressed better such as the numb steering and the limited rear headroom. As such, it would be wise to explore other options in the segment before ultimately making a decision. Some of its rivals include the stylish and fun-to drive 2017 Mazda 6, the well-appointed 2017 Toyota Camry, the refreshed and powerful 2017 Honda, and, last but certainly not least, is the well-rounded and closely-related cousin 2017 Hyundai Sonata.
Still the 2017 Kia Optima continues to offer the right mix of today’s elite sedans through its blend of value, performance and style.
Available Trims – Kia Optima
The 2017 Kia Optima is offered as a five-passenger sedan available in SXL, SX Turbo, EX, and LX trims. The hybrid model comes in a separate review.
Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2017 Kia Optima
Standard features available for the base LX model includes a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, satellite radio, a 60/40/split rear seatback, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, air-conditioning, full power accessories, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, and a six-speaker audio system.
Other optional features available for he trim include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, laminated front door window, an eight-way power driver seat, driver memory settings, rear-cross traffic alert, keyless entry and ignition, laminated front door windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitor.
Others include an 8” touchscreen interface, two charge-only USB ports, Kia’s Uvo infotainment system, a navigation system, rear air-conditioning systems, automatic climate control (dual-zone), LED taillights, and HD radio.
Picking the EX trim gets you a heated steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitor, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather upholstery. The SX trims adds a rear spoiler, adaptive xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear side window sunshades, unique exterior styling details, dual exhaust tips, upgraded gauges, and ambient lighting.
2017 Kia Optima Engine Specs
All the models are front wheel drive. The 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 178 lbs. ft. of torque comes equipped under the hood of both the EX and LX models. This power gets transmitted to the front wheels via the standard six-speed automatic transmission.
Next up is a four-cylinder 1.6L engine rated at 178 horsepower and 195 lbs. ft. of torque. The power drives the front wheels via the seven-speed automated clutch transmission.
Finally, generating 245 horsepower and 260 lbs. ft. of torque is a four-cylinder 2.0L engine under the hood of both the SX and SXL models. Here, the front wheels receive the power through the standard six-speed automatic transmission system.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.4 in. (110.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.1 in. (191.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1.2 in. (73.2 in.)
Passenger volume: 105 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight: 3399 lb
Top Speed: 135 mph
0-60: 7.5 sec
MPG: 24/35 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ebony Black, Horizon Blue, Moss Grey, Sangria, Snow White Pearl, Sparkling, Silver, Titanium Silver …
Towing Capacity: N/A
Price & Kia Optima For 2017 Release Date
March 2017 is the set date of release for the 2017 Kia Optima according to various sources privy of its operations. As for the window sticker, the Optima sedan will cost you a base MSRP starting from $21,840.