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  • 2017 Kia Optima

    The Atlanta Falcons may have new allies in helping stop the New England Patriot's edge-rushing talent for the Super Bowl this weekend. A new offensive line with a combined weight of 18,000 pounds could do it. This week, Kia's manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, announced it will build sequential runs of the 2017 Kia Optima in red, black, and silver, then red, black, and white, to honor the Falcons' success. Those are the Atlanta Falcons' colors, and a total of 51 cars will be built to honor the Falcons' participation in Super Bowl LI (51). CHECK OUT: Mercedes 'Easy Driver' Super Bowl...

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    2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon Revealed Ahead Of Geneva Debut

    Kia’s handsome Sportspace concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a year ago was meant to preview the design of the new Optima whose debut followed a month later at the New York Auto Show. However, the fact that the Sportspace was in the shape of a wagon and not a sedan suggested Kia was...

  • 2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid, 2016 Chicago Auto Show
    2017 Kia Optima Coming With Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Options

    The latest Kia Optima is already a great option for buyers on a budget looking for a svelte, sporty sedan. At launch, the car was offered with three four-cylinder engine choices whose outputs ranged from 178 to 247 horsepower. Now Kia has added two new hybrid options. On show this week at the 2016...

  • 2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon Spy Shots

    When Kia unveiled its Sportspace concept car at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we were told it previewed the design of the all-new Optima, a car which made its debut a month later at the 2015 New York Auto Show, as a 2016 model. However, we were also told that the handsome concept hinted at a new...

  • 2016 Kia Optima, 2015 New York Auto Show
    Kia Optima Debuts At 2015 New York Auto Show: Live Photos

    Kia’s all-new 2016 Optima sedan has made its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. It was at the New York event back in 2010 that Kia first broke off the shackles of lame, design by committee styling when it unveiled its striking, third-generation Optima. The vehicle quickly became the...

  • Teaser for 2016 Kia Optima debuting at 2015 New York Auto Show
    2016 Kia Optima Teased Ahead Of 2015 New York Auto Show

    It was at the New York Auto Show back in 2010 that Kia broke off the shackles of lame, design by committee styling when it unveiled its striking, third-generation Optima sedan. The vehicle quickly became the brand’s bestseller here, a title it’s held for the past three years, and now...

  • Kia Sportspace Concept  -  2015 Geneva Motor Show live photos

    Kia’s current Optima was all-new for the 2011 model year so we’re about due for a replacement. That replacement will be introduced later this year as a 2016 model, but we’ve received our first official look at the car at this week’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show in the form of this thinly-veiled concept version, dubbed the "Sportspace". The concept measures in at just under 16 feet in length (the wheelbase is 9.3 feet) and comes powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 246 horsepower. Drive is to the front wheels only, helping to...

  • Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid
    Superman-Inspired Kia Optima Hybrid: 2013 Chicago Auto Show

    Although Kia apparently missed the memo from 1996 that under-car neon lights are no longer cool, the overall effect of this Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid is right on target--if that target is looking like it came straight from a comic book. Of course, a comic book is where Superman...

  • 2012 Kia Optima SX Limited
    2012 Kia Optima SX Limited Live Photos: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    Kia is introducing a new, high-end version of it's Optima sedan, dubbed the Optima SX Limited.

  • Kia Optima "Dream Car For Real Life" ad
    Super Bowl Ads: Kia Gives Us The Stuff Of Dreams

    Looking to duplicate the success of last year's bizarre Super Bowl ad, Kia turn the freak know up to 11 for this year's imaginative effort.

  • Blake Griffin 2012 Kia Optima at SEMA 2011
    Blake Griffin Kia Optima: 2011 SEMA Live Photos

    Earlier this year, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin pulled a wicked dunk over a Kia Optima (video below), and now Kia has taken the wraps off a Blake Griffin-themed Optima. Wearing a basketball-textured exterior in House of Color sunset and cinnamon pearl paint, custom wheels, and a host...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
    2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

    The new Sonata Hybrid has been getting most of the limelight in the Hyundai-Kia family but Kia has a few bright spots in the pipeline that will certainly be making their mark when it comes to production time. Just this month we saw a concept version of a potential Kia Forte hybrid vehicle and now...

  • 2011 Kia Optima at Road Atlanta

    We just got back from driving the 2011 Kia Optima at Road Atlanta, and unfortunately, we don't have much to report. Why? Because we only got a handful of very reduced-pace laps around the track with the car. But we did spend enough time with Kia's latest sedan to give you the 10,000-foot overview. The executive summary: it looks darn good from this height. Steering is better than the Sonata, without the floaty, divorced-from-the-road feeling or large on-center deadspot, though it's still a bit light and low on feedback, not that we really got to push the car hard. Braking is solid, what you'd...

  • 2011 Kia Optima
    2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Kia Optima

    The affordable large car segment is starting to get just a little overcrowded, and in a time where customers all around the world are downsizing to smaller midsize models, performance, fuel-economy and overall value is now more important than ever. South Korea’s entrants in this field have been...

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