Auto journalists do a great job of keeping us well informed on motor news, as well as providing us with strong, unbiased reviews of different vehicles. We give them a lot of credit for the level of detail in their observations and accuracy of their data, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. There’s a more casual audience of consumers who only need to know their car on the most practical basis, and that’s where the Everyman Driver comes in. Today we take a look at his review of the 2014 Kia Optima SX Turbo.
In the video, Erickson immediately notices the visual updates to the Optima, including the front end, rear end, and wheels. All of these have been revised for a much sportier look. The Turbo accents also lend themselves to a more aggressive attitude in his particular model. Following that line, he takes a look under the hood at the larger of two engine options for the Optima: a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder that he says delivers great horsepower for a midsize sedan and fuel efficiency that surpasses the 2013 version.
Opening the trunk, Erickson demonstrates the Optima’s carrying capacity by loading up two pieces of his own luggage, which fit nicely. We then see that he can also fit a pair of golf clubs with no hassle. The backseat proves equally spacious. As part of his “Real World” demonstration, he climbs into the backseat of the car and shows the generous leg room that Kia’s designers have afforded backseat passengers in the Optima, also admiring the dual-panel sunroof.
Behind the wheel, the Driver admits what we know: the Optima is not a sports car, but it still drives great. The Turbo model includes Drive Mode Select, allowing owners to adjust shift settings and steering weight, and there are also paddle shifters behind the wheel. His final assessment is that the 2014 Kia Optima SX Turbo is definitely worth a look.
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