Consider Buying a Used Kia Optima

By Mike Richards Posted: 10/02/2017

While the Kia Optima might not be the first name that comes to mind when you are looking for a used sedan, it has been gaining substantial popularity in recent years. The newer models of the vehicle have plenty of features, and they tend to be more affordable. When it comes to the used market, the prices can get even lower. If you are on a budget and you have been searching for used cars to buy online, you might want to look a bit closer at everything the 2015 Kia Optima has to offer. The model has some upgrades to prior years that help to make it a great choice.

Reasons the Kia Optima Might Be a Good Fit for You

With all of the other options, what is it about the 2015 Kia Optima that helps to make it the right choice? First, you will find a range of trim options. The base trim is the LX, which has 16” alloy wheels, along with power accessories and heated mirrors. This trim also comes with a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, a power adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, and Bluetooth connectivity for the six speakers.

With the EX trim, you will have all of the features already mentioned, as well as an increased wheel size of 17”. This version will also feature dual-zone climate control and keyless ignition. The SX has some additional luxury features that many are sure to appreciate. In this model, the instrument cluster is of higher quality, and there are paddle shifters mounted onto the steering wheel. With the SX, it is also possible to have a turbocharged engine and various drive modes. The most luxurious of the trims is the SXL. This has some unique exterior features, such as xenon headlights. It also offers quality leather upholstery and 18” wheels.

A range of technology options are available, too. The EX offers rear parking sensors, as well as cross traffic monitoring and blind spot monitoring, for example. The Kia Optima’s electronics interface allows for voice control of cell phones and MP3 players, and it can provide you with navigation and points of interest along the way. The touchscreen display is simple to use, and it can operate the stereo system.

When it comes to performance, the Kia Optima has some excellent features, too. It has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with front wheel drive. It has 192hp, and remember there is a turbocharged option for the higher-level trims. These have a smaller engine at 2-liters, but they are capable of offering a whopping 271hp. On all of the trim levels, the standard is a six-speed automatic transmission.

Buying a car should also include looking into the safety of the vehicles you are considering. With the Kia Optima, you will find that the safety features are yet another area where the vehicle shines. It features side, front, and curtain airbags, as well as traction and stability control, and antilock disc brakes. For the higher trims, there is also a rearview camera. They have quality seatbelts, tethers for booster seats, and childproof window controls and rear door locks.

The vehicle could be a great option for families with children. There is room for two adults in the front, and three children can ride in the backseat.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the 2015 Kia Optima fares tolerably, with 24mpg in the city and 34mpg on the highway. The turbocharged version will only get about 31mpg on the highway. Still, this is not too bad, and you shouldn’t have to spend too much time at the pump. Just remember that used vehicles may not have quite the same fuel economy.

Should You Choose the Kia Optima

The 2015 models of this vehicle have a lot to enjoy, and they tend to be priced very well on the used market. If you have been looking to buy used cars for sale, you will want to put this vehicle on your list of possibilities. Just be sure to check for the condition of the vehicle and the mileage to make sure it is a good price and that it is worth your time and money.