New Hybrid and Other Updates In 2017 Kia Optima


Mid-size sedan 2017 Kia Optima was demonstrated by manufacturer at the recent New York Auto Show. Introduced new Kia Optima get the enlarged size, adjusted appearance and modernized technical component, which allowed the company to identify its new product as a “personification of all the progress of the Korean brand.”

The exact release date of 2017 model year Kia Optima is not known yet, however expected in the last quarter of 2016

Release date: late 2016

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The pricing of the updated Optima sedan will likely to stay on the same level. The basic trim level car will be offered around $ 23,000, while top trim Optima will cost no less than $ 37,000.

Update: The car released in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the pricing level starting from $25,995. Hybrid version pricing set to $35,210 in the minimal trim.

Few New Strokes

When considering a new car note the presence of recognizable aspects, albeit in a slightly modified version. Kia Optima 2017 slight redesign lead to the car began to look more expressive and solid.

Front photo of the new 2017 Kia Optima shows presence firm grille with relief cells, slanting headlights and massive bumper placed on the edges of the triangular air intakes.

Continuing the new Kia Optima review, it should be noted that the performance of the Korean car forming certain forms of association with the four-door coupe that stated a long, sloping hood, roof falling to the rear, window sill line heaving up, as well as a shortened trunk. Rear end demonstrates horizontally elongated LED lights, sculpted bumper with a pair of oval pipes and stylish diffuser.

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Richer than Actually Is

In reviewing the photos on the new Kia Optima interior many associations may occur with the performance BMW models as the car looks quite expensive and solidly. Presented Kia Optima received U-shaped he steering wheel and a few sports gauges placed between the color screen of trip computer, which has an excellent informative and concise design.

Wanting to buy a 2017 Optima may find interesting an eight-inch touchscreen multimedia system located on center console, harmoniously with the climate control settings panel. In this case you can see that the car has received the decoration in relation to the chosen configuration: soft plastic, metal inserts and leather trimming.

In general, the new Kia Optima interior has improved overall level of implementation. The front seats comfortable enough, despite having a rigid frame, thick lateral support bolsters and soft filler. Also in its arsenal there are electrical adjustment, heating and ventilation. Rear seat provides enough space for three passengers.

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More Rigid

Engine range of 2017 Kia Optima based on three power units with direct fuel injection, which have the following parameters:

Engine type: Petrol
Displacement: 2.4L/ 2L/ 1.6L
Number of cylinders: 4
Power: 186/250/178 hp
Torque: 177, 259, 194 ft lb
Transmission: 6-speed or 7-speed automatic

At the heart of the fourth-generation Kia Optima sedan is already well-known platform, though has undergone a major upgrade. Structural body performance of Korean cars created by 50% of high-strength steels, which have found application in the realization of the chassis. In front updated Kia Optima has traditional McPherson and multi-link suspension in the rear. The brake system is fully disk with electronic brakeforce distribution and anti-lock technology.

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2017 KIA Optima turbo received a highly turbocharged 2-liter engine, producing a massive 250 HP, making it one of the most powerful Korean cars on the market.

Dimensions of the car are following

Length: 190.7 in
Height:  57.2 in
Width: 73.2 in
Wheelbase: 110.4 in

As before, there is a hybrid modification of Optima available for certain markets (namely, for US). Hybrid powertrain consist of naturally-aspirated 2.4L I4 engine, combined with 47 HP electric motor. It leads to a good numbers of fuel efficiency – 36 MPG in city, 40 MPG in highway and 38 MPG in combined cycle. All measurements are provided by EPA.
2017 model year car have only a minor improvements to hybrid system – mainly electronic.


Those who wish to buy a Kia Optima fourth generation will be choose between 5 trim levls: SXL, SX Turbo, EX, LX Turbo, LX. The list of equipment of upgraded Kia Optima is presented with multimedia system with eight-inch screen, intelligent cruise control with automatic braking functionality, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, sky cameras, premium acoustics and a set of advanced safety features.

Top-end 2017 KIA Optima turbo also receive sport-tuned suspension and special seats trimming.

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2017 Kia Optima SX 2.0T
Engine type DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection, turbocharger
Displacement 2,0L
Power/torque 245 hp; 260 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 110.4 in.
Length 191.1 in.
Height 57.7 in.
Passenger volume 120.7 cu.ft.
Cargo volume 15.9 cu.ft.
0-60 6.8 sec
Top speed 153 mph
PRICE RANGE: $23,000-$37,000 (est)
Competitors: Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord
Editor's rating
4.4 overall
  • Safety4.6
  • Performance4.4
  • Design4.4
  • Features4.5
  • Fuel economy4.3

The new Optima has way better interior, new powertrains and higher assembly quality, however, still has things to improve.

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