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PostHeaderIcon 10 Best Used Cars For New Drivers

While most modern cars pack in the safety features and offer plenty of value-per-dollar, there are some out there that seem to stand above the rest. If you’re scouring the used market looking for just the right ride for your new driver, fear not, as we’ve put together a list that outlines ten models that are just a few years old, but still come with just about everything you could want.

Each entry also includes a rundown on crashworthiness, as tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that conducts research on almost all new cars.

So with that, read on for our list of the ten best-used cars for new drivers.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars of All Time

From hatches to muscles, cars of all shapes and sizes are adopting green technology. Whether autonomous cars will become a reality or not is a different question; electric cars are the future. Even though the ‘EV’ cars were introduced barely a decade ago, the kind of transformation and innovations we’ve seen in the last couple of years makes the whole thing look like a yesteryear concept. In this article, we’ve listed out the ten most fuel-efficient vehicles.

But before that, let’s just put the basic questions to rest once-in-for-all: the difference between EV, Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid – an electric vehicle is the one that runs solely on electric power. You don’t have a combustion engine here whatsoever. A hybrid engine is the one where the car will charge its own batteries on the run with the gasoline engine. As for the plug-in hybrids, the car can be plugged into electricity points to charge the batteries. Now that we have clarified the obvious and bored you enough, let’s move on to the heart of the article.

PostHeaderIcon Kia is Considering AWD for the Niro and Optima, but the Sedona Will Have to Wait

Kia is looking into the viability of more of its vehicles all-wheel drive as demand for the system grows. Unlike in the past, more customers are now looking for the increased grip that an AWD system provides, and when that kind of demand increases, an automaker like Kia has to listen. Among the models being eyed to get standard AWD in the future include the Optima sedan, the Sedona minivan, and Niro crossover. No decision has been made yet, but Kia is looking at it as a possibility now that customers have become more vocal in their desire to see them on the Kia models that they buy.

PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon vs 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon

There once was a time not too long ago when station wagons were becoming irrelevant. They still had a following, but fans of wagon we’re dwindling. Fast forward to the present, and the script has flipped entirely. Wagons are popular again, and a big part of that is the design reinvention they’ve enjoyed in recent years. Need two examples? Look no further than the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60.

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“Both the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60 represent the new age of wagon design”

I know this is a comparison, but how can you really go wrong with these two models? Both the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60 represent the new age of wagon design. The Optima is more of a pleasant surprise, particularly with its front section. It’s presented with aggressive-looking headlights that integrate well with Kia’s unmistakable Tigernose front grille. Actually, the grille on the Optima Sportwagon is a slightly different take on the Tigernose with the outer edges extending outward into the lights. For some reason, it works on the wagon. You’ll also notice how far the lights extend to the wheel arches, creating nice depth to the front-end design, especially when you’re looking at it from a 3/4 angle.

Kia did well in designing the front section of the Optima Sportwagon. Unfortunately, Volvo just did it better with the V60. I’ve said in the past. Volvo’s Thor headlamps are the best-designed headlamps in the business today. It’s better than anything. It’s simple, sexy, and provocative; all rolled into one. Volvo’s grille design also plays a prominent role in the front end design of the V60. Even the bumpers are carefully straddling the line between classy and sporty. There’s a nice balance to the overall look of the V60 that’s hammered home — no pun intended — by those headlamps.

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“Both vehicles offer up similar looking side profiles with differences being negligible at best.”

Both vehicles offer up similar looking side profiles with differences being negligible at best. The V60, for example, features a sharp body line at the bottom of the doors where the Optima makes due with a concave effect – almost as if the two could lock together like a jigsaw puzzle. The Optima, for the most part, looks sharper in the corners thanks to the pointed design of both its headlights and taillights while the V60 has boxier looking units. The V60, on the other hand, takes the cake when it comes to the rear stationary glass while the Optima has a smaller window thanks to its upswept beltline. Both feature the same general slant to the roof but what makes the V60 stand out is the relatively thin rear pillars. Of course, one could argue that the triangular shape of the Optima’s rear quarters, or the shark-fin-like appearance of the rear pillar, actually give it the sportier appearance overall. All told, both cars are absolutely beautiful when viewed from the side, and that’s a very good thing given the statement both models need to make in such an under-appreciated segment.

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“I’ll give Kia credit for one thing: its design game has improved leaps and bounds in the last few years”

I’ll give Kia credit for one thing: its design game has improved leaps and bounds in the last few years. You can see it in how it managed to tie together the aesthetics of the Optima Sportwagon without trying too hard to make a statement. The rear section of the Kia wagon is a lot more restrained than the front, but that’s fine. I particularly like how Kia managed to design that section without prominently showcasing the rear bumper. The body lines blend it together, creating a nice contrast with the aggressive diffuser below it.

The rear section of the V60, on the other hand, is busier. A lot busier. If you squint at the photo and try to eliminate the vertical section of the taillights, you might even confuse it with a BMW. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does have a little too many layers for my liking. From the spoiler, the trunk, the rear bumper, and the diffuser, there’s a lot going on in this section of the Volvo. Some people might find appeal in that, but compared to the Optima Sportwagon, I like the cleaner look of the Kia.

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“The V60’s interior is just gorgeous.”

You can tell by how the interior of these two wagons look which of the two brands is naturally inclined to design a luxury cabin and which is the one that’s trying to establish its own luxury identity. The V60’s interior is just gorgeous. There’s no going around it. The materials are top-quality, the surfaces are smooth and clean, and there’s enough comfortable space.

Kia accomplishes some of the same things, to a certain extent. The fact that customers can choose between cloth and leather upholstery is a good start, but it would’ve been better if Kia just offered the latter as standard equipment to establish itself more in the premium space. The Optima’s cabin looks fine — it might even be preferred by some customers — but the V60 gives you more for the money you’re going to spend.

References


Visual Comparison: 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon vs 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon - image 770841

Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon.


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Read our full review on the 2019 Volvo V60.

PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon vs 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon

There once was a time not too long ago when station wagons were becoming irrelevant. They still had a following, but fans of wagon we’re dwindling. Fast forward to the present, and the script has flipped entirely. Wagons are popular again, and a big part of that is the design reinvention they’ve enjoyed in recent years. Need two examples? Look no further than the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60.

Front

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right
“Both the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60 represent the new age of wagon design”

I know this is a comparison, but how can you really go wrong with these two models? Both the Kia Optima Sportwagon and the Volvo V60 represent the new age of wagon design. The Optima is more of a pleasant surprise, particularly with its front section. It’s presented with aggressive-looking headlights that integrate well with Kia’s unmistakable Tigernose front grille. Actually, the grille on the Optima Sportwagon is a slightly different take on the Tigernose with the outer edges extending outward into the lights. For some reason, it works on the wagon. You’ll also notice how far the lights extend to the wheel arches, creating nice depth to the front-end design, especially when you’re looking at it from a 3/4 angle.

Kia did well in designing the front section of the Optima Sportwagon. Unfortunately, Volvo just did it better with the V60. I’ve said in the past. Volvo’s Thor headlamps are the best-designed headlamps in the business today. It’s better than anything. It’s simple, sexy, and provocative; all rolled into one. Volvo’s grille design also plays a prominent role in the front end design of the V60. Even the bumpers are carefully straddling the line between classy and sporty. There’s a nice balance to the overall look of the V60 that’s hammered home — no pun intended — by those headlamps.

Side

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“Both vehicles offer up similar looking side profiles with differences being negligible at best.”

Both vehicles offer up similar looking side profiles with differences being negligible at best. The V60, for example, features a sharp body line at the bottom of the doors where the Optima makes due with a concave effect – almost as if the two could lock together like a jigsaw puzzle. The Optima, for the most part, looks sharper in the corners thanks to the pointed design of both its headlights and taillights while the V60 has boxier looking units. The V60, on the other hand, takes the cake when it comes to the rear stationary glass while the Optima has a smaller window thanks to its upswept beltline. Both feature the same general slant to the roof but what makes the V60 stand out is the relatively thin rear pillars. Of course, one could argue that the triangular shape of the Optima’s rear quarters, or the shark-fin-like appearance of the rear pillar, actually give it the sportier appearance overall. All told, both cars are absolutely beautiful when viewed from the side, and that’s a very good thing given the statement both models need to make in such an under-appreciated segment.

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“I’ll give Kia credit for one thing: its design game has improved leaps and bounds in the last few years”

I’ll give Kia credit for one thing: its design game has improved leaps and bounds in the last few years. You can see it in how it managed to tie together the aesthetics of the Optima Sportwagon without trying too hard to make a statement. The rear section of the Kia wagon is a lot more restrained than the front, but that’s fine. I particularly like how Kia managed to design that section without prominently showcasing the rear bumper. The body lines blend it together, creating a nice contrast with the aggressive diffuser below it.

The rear section of the V60, on the other hand, is busier. A lot busier. If you squint at the photo and try to eliminate the vertical section of the taillights, you might even confuse it with a BMW. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does have a little too many layers for my liking. From the spoiler, the trunk, the rear bumper, and the diffuser, there’s a lot going on in this section of the Volvo. Some people might find appeal in that, but compared to the Optima Sportwagon, I like the cleaner look of the Kia.

Interior

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“The V60’s interior is just gorgeous.”

You can tell by how the interior of these two wagons look which of the two brands is naturally inclined to design a luxury cabin and which is the one that’s trying to establish its own luxury identity. The V60’s interior is just gorgeous. There’s no going around it. The materials are top-quality, the surfaces are smooth and clean, and there’s enough comfortable space.

Kia accomplishes some of the same things, to a certain extent. The fact that customers can choose between cloth and leather upholstery is a good start, but it would’ve been better if Kia just offered the latter as standard equipment to establish itself more in the premium space. The Optima’s cabin looks fine — it might even be preferred by some customers — but the V60 gives you more for the money you’re going to spend.

References


Visual Comparison: 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon vs 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon - image 770841

Read our full review on the 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon.


2019 Volvo V60 - image 770036

Read our full review on the 2019 Volvo V60.

PostHeaderIcon Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Combines Cargo Space with Hybrid Engine

Wagons are big sellers in Europe and around the globe, so it only makes sense for Kia to debut its Sportswagon version of the Optima Plug-in Hybrid. Announced at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid offers a 60-kilometer range on battery power before its 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder kicks in. And while neither the Sportswagon nor the plug-in hybrid powertrain are new to Kia, this marks the first time they have been combined. Sales will begin in the third quarter of 2017 across Europe.

The familiar powertrain consists of Kia’s 2.0-liter GDI (gasoline, direct injection) four-cylinder from the Nu engine family. Alone, it generates 154 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine is supplemented by an 11.26-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which powers a 50-kW motor mated between the gas engine and automatic transmission. The result is a total system output of 202 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. Kia says the Optima Sportswagon will hit 62 mph in 9.7 seconds. It’s no Tesla Model S, by any means.

Aside from its lackadaisical straight-line acceleration, the Optima Sportswagon is highly competitive. It boasts a cargo space of 1,574 liters with the rear seats folded flat. That’s 55.5 cubic feet for those on the Imperial scale. With the rear seats raised, the cargo area still provides 440 liters (15.5 cubic feet) of room. That’s on par with many crossovers and other wagons on the market.

Of course, the Optima Sportswagon shares commonalities between its respective parents. The overall wagon shape remains true, while the added aero bits are straight from the Optima Plug-in Sedan. These features include aerodynamically tuned bumpers, side skirts, and wheels. Inside, the driver gets an updated instrument cluster that displays powertrain information on the eight-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present, too, as is TomTom’s Kia Connected Services with life traffic updates and such. Active safety systems include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Combines Cargo Space with Hybrid Engine

Wagons are big sellers in Europe and around the globe, so it only makes sense for Kia to debut its Sportswagon version of the Optima Plug-in Hybrid. Announced at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid offers a 60-kilometer range on battery power before its 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder kicks in. And while neither the Sportswagon nor the plug-in hybrid powertrain are new to Kia, this marks the first time they have been combined. Sales will begin in the third quarter of 2017 across Europe.

The familiar powertrain consists of Kia’s 2.0-liter GDI (gasoline, direct injection) four-cylinder from the Nu engine family. Alone, it generates 154 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine is supplemented by an 11.26-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which powers a 50-kW motor mated between the gas engine and automatic transmission. The result is a total system output of 202 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. Kia says the Optima Sportswagon will hit 62 mph in 9.7 seconds. It’s no Tesla Model S, by any means.

Aside from its lackadaisical straight-line acceleration, the Optima Sportswagon is highly competitive. It boasts a cargo space of 1,574 liters with the rear seats folded flat. That’s 55.5 cubic feet for those on the Imperial scale. With the rear seats raised, the cargo area still provides 440 liters (15.5 cubic feet) of room. That’s on par with many crossovers and other wagons on the market.

Of course, the Optima Sportswagon shares commonalities between its respective parents. The overall wagon shape remains true, while the added aero bits are straight from the Optima Plug-in Sedan. These features include aerodynamically tuned bumpers, side skirts, and wheels. Inside, the driver gets an updated instrument cluster that displays powertrain information on the eight-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present, too, as is TomTom’s Kia Connected Services with life traffic updates and such. Active safety systems include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Kia Optima Sportswagon

Just a year ago at the Geneva Auto Show, Kia revealed its Sportspace Concept. It was basically a sportier, stretched out Optima Sedan. As Kia put it, the Sportspace was “a totally new breed of grand tourer that promises to bring sportiness and utility under the same roof.” At the time, we didn’t know whether or not the Sportspace would pave the way for an actual model, but toward the end of 2015, our spy photographers caught a similar prototype on public roads.

When we got our hands on the spy shots, we speculated that the car was near-production ready and would likely be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this March. As it turns out, we were correct. Kia has just officially announced the Kia Optima Sportswagon and has released several preview images and a plethora of information regarding its first ever D-segment tourer.

Now that we have official details and photos of Kia’s new Sportswagon, it is time we take a look at what we’re going to see when the car makes its official public debut in Geneva. From a quick glance at the images, it looks like Kia did pretty well on its new tourer, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

Updated 02/18/2016: Kia dropped the official details on the new Optima Sportswagon with just a few days before the car’s official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon.


PostHeaderIcon Kia Optima Turbo Review

It’s easy to think of Kia as little more than a purveyor of quirky, boxy subcompacts and the creative force behind those anthropomorphic hamsters, but the junior Korean brand has spent the past twenty years or so developing an impressive and multifaceted lineup. The latest incarnation of Kia’s mid-size Optima exemplifies this growth and maturation.

Now available as a turbocharged luxury-sport sedan, the Optima might surprise some buyers with its Kia badge. In reality, it shouldn’t come as that much of surprise.

Over the years the Optima, introduced in 2001, has grown in both size and refinement, learning from the competition and culminating in this 245 horsepower, $30,000 four-door that, impressively, isn’t even the flagship of the Kia lineup (that honor goes to the K900). The latest Optima stands out as an unusually good-looking and well-built car that defies its bottom line with amenities. With the Optima Turbo joining the lineup, “performance” can also be added to the list.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Kia Optima.


PostHeaderIcon Kia Optima Sportswagon Set for Geneva Debut

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It took a while, but it seems Kia has finally got around turning the SPORTSPACE concept into its intended production model, which is a station wagon version of the Optima. Set for debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the new Kia Optima Sportswagon is the firm’s first-ever D-segment tourer.

Now, although it’s a first effort, Kia Optima Sportswagon seems to tick all the right boxes for a good family estate var. The car offers a massive 553 liters of cargo capacity which is expandable, thanks to 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats, and comes with ow, flat boot lip, and a Smart Power Tailgate.

In fact, convenience features is the Sportwagon’s strength point. The car boasts Kia’s latest audio-visual navigation (AVN) system, available with 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You can also order a 590-watt Harman Kardon Premium Sound system which is way too fancy for a Kia, as are some of the other available features, such as 360-degree Around View Monitor and Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS).

Kia Optima Sportswagon launches in Europe with a range of Euro 6-compliant petrol and diesel engines, including a 1.7-litre CRDi diesel or 2.0-litre CVVL petrol engine, and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol in the GT version. Front-wheel-drive is standard, but depending on the model you have a choice of a six-speed manual transmission or Kia’s new seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

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PostHeaderIcon Kia Optima Hybrid

The mid-size Optima is Kia’s best-seller, and it’s been an impressive contender in a highly competitive market. Between the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu, there’s not much room for slacking when it comes to family sedans. Kia has worked hard to successfully keep up with the demands of nipping at the heels of the best-sellers, and it follows up on the fresh redesign of the Optima with an equally refurbished Optima Hybrid.

Not to be overshadowed by the introduction of the all-new Niro hybrid, Kia’s gasoline-electric Optima broadens from a single model into a lineup, with the addition of a plug-in hybrid version to the stable. This is as much to improve the breed as it is to keep up with the figurative Joneses: Ford, Toyota and Honda all offer hybrids, and the Optima is available as a plug-in version as well.

Both of the upcoming Optima hybrids are sold under Kia’s new EcoDynamics sub-brand. Kia’s future electric and hybrid projects will also migrate to this umbrella, for stronger brand recognition.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid.


PostHeaderIcon Kia's Super Bowl 50 Ad Gets An Assist From Christopher Walken

Just like it previewed a week ago, Kia’s Super Bowl 50 commercial revolves around Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken and a pair of socks, one of which is beige and the other being of the colorful variety. Actually, Richard also plays a part in it, as does the all-new Kia Optima, which is secretly the star of the ad.

The basic gist revolves around Richard, a well-meaning follow who just wanted to look for his beige socks. But, he got more than he bargained for when he walked in on Walken in his walk-in closet (how’s that for a tongue twister?) holding the pair of beige socks he was looking for. Instead of just giving the socks to Richard, Walken goes all philosophical, explaining the difference between the beige socks and the colorful one in his other hand. All this eventually ends up with Walken showing Richard the new Optima, labeling it the “world’s most exciting pair of socks, except it’s a mid-size sedan.

The ad accomplishes a number of things, most notably Walken’s presence serving as an extra punch of excitement considering his status as a bonafide Hollywood A-lister. But more important that that, it also highlights the new Optima as a game-changer in the mid-sized sedan segment, offering what Kia Motors America (KMA) COO Michael Sprague describes as a “level of refinement and sophistication unlike anything else in the midsize segment.” Walken does a great job smashing home that point, even though the sock metaphor is rather curious at best.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Kia's Super Bowl 50 Ad Gets An Assist From Christopher Walken

Just like it previewed a week ago, Kia’s Super Bowl 50 commercial revolves around Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken and a pair of socks, one of which is beige and the other being of the colorful variety. Actually, Richard also plays a part in it, as does the all-new Kia Optima, which is secretly the star of the ad.

The basic gist revolves around Richard, a well-meaning follow who just wanted to look for his beige socks. But, he got more than he bargained for when he walked in on Walken in his walk-in closet (how’s that for a tongue twister?) holding the pair of beige socks he was looking for. Instead of just giving the socks to Richard, Walken goes all philosophical, explaining the difference between the beige socks and the colorful one in his other hand. All this eventually ends up with Walken showing Richard the new Optima, labeling it the “world’s most exciting pair of socks, except it’s a mid-size sedan.

The ad accomplishes a number of things, most notably Walken’s presence serving as an extra punch of excitement considering his status as a bonafide Hollywood A-lister. But more important that that, it also highlights the new Optima as a game-changer in the mid-sized sedan segment, offering what Kia Motors America (KMA) COO Michael Sprague describes as a “level of refinement and sophistication unlike anything else in the midsize segment.” Walken does a great job smashing home that point, even though the sock metaphor is rather curious at best.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Super Bowl 50: Christopher Walken Stars In Kia's "Walken Closet" Commercial: Video

With Super Bowl 50 just eight days away, we’re slowly getting to see some teaser spots for some of the commercials that will air during the game. One of the first teasers that have arrived is Kia’s commercial, featuring legendary actor Christopher Walken. The title of the add is “Walken Closet” – nice pun there, Kia – and just as the title implies, it features a man who goes into his walk-in closet to look for his socks. The only problem is that he instead finds Walken, sitting like a boss in one of those Godfather-like chairs, holding the pair of socks the man was looking for.

Here’s the thing about this ad: there was no mention of Kia or any of its models in it other than at the end where we find out that the ad will be promoting the all-new Kia Optima. The company did say that part of the ad’s objective is to showcase the Optima as a “vibrant alternative for those determined not to blend in”. Considering how that walk-in closet is literally full of suits of the same colors, I’d venture a guess that the man in the ad is the anti-thesis of the kind of consumer Kia is targeting with the Optima.

In any event, the treatment of the teaser offers a unique way of teasing the ad without showing the actual car. It’s an age-old ad strategy mean to drive up the curiosity level a little bit higher and, for what it’s worth, it works. I personally want to see what the commercial is going to look like in full form. Oh, and that whole idea of Christopher Walken sitting inside a walk-in closet? That was pretty funny too.


PostHeaderIcon Kia Super Bowl Ad with Christopher Walken – Teaser

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Super Bowl 50 is just around the corner and that, for car people, means a ton of cool and entertaining car commercials featuring high-profile celebrities. Kia Motors is the first to reveal what they have in store, or rather closet, and it’s Christopher Walken.

The ad, dubbed “Walken Closet”, promotes the all-new 2016 Kia Optima… evidently with sock puppets ran by Christopher Walken. Here’s a brief teaser:

Kia Super Bowl 50 commercial is shaping up to be a memorable one, if just for Walken’s unique, punctuation-free way of talking.

The post Kia Super Bowl Ad with Christopher Walken – Teaser appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Kia Super Bowl Ad with Christopher Walken – Teaser

Kia Super Bowl 50-Walken

Super Bowl 50 is just around the corner and that, for car people, means a ton of cool and entertaining car commercials featuring high-profile celebrities. Kia Motors is the first to reveal what they have in store, or rather closet, and it’s Christopher Walken.

The ad, dubbed “Walken Closet”, promotes the all-new 2016 Kia Optima… evidently with sock puppets ran by Christopher Walken. Here’s a brief teaser:

Kia Super Bowl 50 commercial is shaping up to be a memorable one, if just for Walken’s unique, punctuation-free way of talking.

The post Kia Super Bowl Ad with Christopher Walken – Teaser appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon 2016 Kia Optima UK Pricing Announced

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Kia Motors revealed the official pricing of its sleek new Optima sedan as it goes on sale in the British market. Having a reputation as one of the top company cars in that market, the 2016 Kia Optima comes four trim levels, starting from £21,495.

The bad news for prospective buyers of the 2016 Kia Optima in the UK is that all four versions of the car has the same engine, a 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel unit with 139bhp and 340 Nm of torque, featuring start/stop. You get to choose between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s a weak powertrain, but on the up side it return 67.3mpg corresponding to a CO2 rating of 110g/km.

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The main reason why would one be interested in purchasing the 2016 Kia Optima, apart from its good looks, is, as it has always been, features and equipment. The standard kit on the new model include 7.0-inch satellite navigation system, reversing camera, dual automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, electrically heated folding mirrors, a six-speaker DAB radio,17-inch alloy wheels, dual projection headlights with static cornering lights and LED daytime running lights, powered two-way driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring and an electronic parking brake.

And bear in mind there that is the entry-level ‘2’ grade. There are ‘3’ and ‘4’ levels plus the GT-Line and GT versions to be added later in the year.

2016 Kia Optima UK-3

Kia Optima UK Price List:

Version OTR price
1.7 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 2 £21,495
1.7 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 3 £23,495
1.7 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 3 £24,895
1.7 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 4 £28,895

The post 2016 Kia Optima UK Pricing Announced appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon SEMA Preview: Kia Optima Convertible A1A

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Kia Motors has gone properly mad with their custom cars for this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. A few days ago they showed us the Mud Bogger Forte Koup which was a thing of immense ridiculousness. And now they have come up with this, Kia Optima Convertible A1A, named after a highway in Florida.

Based on the latest 2016 model, Kia Optima Convertible A1A – as the name clearly suggests – is a four-seater open-top concept of the family sedan with a heavy dose of custom about it. They have sliced the roof, shortened the windshield, slammed the car to the ground, but crucially maintained the four-seater layout.

What’s more, Kia Optima Convertible A1A features rear-hinged rear doors like a Rolls-Royce and features a set of 20-inch wheels complemented with Ksport coilover suspension for an extremely low ride height. The body is reinforced and strengthened with steel tubes in various places so that the vehicle retains a rigid structure in spite of the roadster conversion.

The interior features of this wildass Kia include utter-cream leather bucket seats up front and custom double buckets in back and custom center consoles. The visual features are backed up by a tweaked turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a sport exhaust system that churns out 245 horsepower.

The post SEMA Preview: Kia Optima Convertible A1A appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon 2016 Kia Optima Priced from $21,840 in America

2016 Kia Optima Price

The official MSRP was announced today for the new-face 2016 Kia Optima, and according to this information the high-quality Korean family sedan starts at $21,840 for the LX model with a 2.4 liter engine and a while host of standard equipment.

Before we get to what you get in terms of standard kit with the 2016 Kia Optima, let’s see how much the higher grade models cost. The base LX also comes with a 1.6 turbo engine price dat $23,990. One step above the LX we have the Optima EX which has the same 2.4 liter engine but more premium features and it starts at $24,890. Then we have the Optima SX and SXL, both powered by a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine, priced at $29,690 and $35,790 respectively.

As for the standard features of the 2016 Kia Optima, the list includes: six-way adjustable driver and front passenger’s seat with height adjuster, a Rear Camera Display, Bluetooth, driver’s knee airbag, keyless entry system, YES Essentials fabric technology anti-microbial protection from spills, anti-static protection from irritating electrical shocks, as well as stain-repelling and stain-releasing fabric characteristics.

There are value-added packages as well, making the Optima as well equipped as an expensive German saloon car. The SX Launch Edition package ($2,700) includes exclusive features such as unique18-inch alloy wheels, merlot leather seating and premium tricot black headliner and roof pillars, and popular features such as Panoramic Sunroof, and the Harman/ Kardon QuantumLogicTM Premium Surround Sound Audio System.  The SX Technology Package ($4,800) includes Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Front Collision Warning System (FCWS), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). The LX Convenience Package ($1,850) includes Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS).  Among other features, the LX Turbo Technology Package ($2,600) includes navigation, Sirius XM Traffic6 and rear LED taillights, USB chargers for both front and rear seat passengers.

The post 2016 Kia Optima Priced from $21,840 in America appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Kia Optima GT

The talk of whether or not Kia will ever build a full-on sports car at times seems like it will go on forever without the car ever actually materializing. But Kia does seem to be getting a little close with this, the new Optima GT, a sport sedan unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show. It’s not quite the same as getting a sports car, but having Kia thinking about performance at all is a welcome sign. The Optima GT is intended for the European market, and although Kia doesn’t specifically say that the car won’t be sold in North America, it is heavily implied.

The car being aimed at Europe actually follows Kia’s previous GT models, the cee’d GT and the 2014 Kia pro_cee’d GT. We haven’t gotten a GT version of those cars either, which are Europe’s versions of the 2014 Kia Forte5, but the Forte is just as fast without the GT suffix anyway. Kia also takes a different approach to the Optima in Europe, and this is why the GT will be staying on that side of the pond. It all seems much more complicated than it needs to be, but we’re here to explain it all.

Updated 09/24/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the “Pictures” tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the Kia Optima GT.


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