History of the Kia Optima | Evansville Kia

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If you are looking for a sophisticated car with lots of style and technology, the New Kia Optima is an excellent choice. Here is a brief history of where this model got its start.

First Generation

The Kia Optima is a mid-size sedan that has long been a popular choice for American car buyers. It was first introduced in 2000 as a 2001 model and was available in several trim levels with either a four- or six-cylinder engine. Over the next few years, the Optima got some premium upgrades including larger wheels, an upgraded sound system, and more powerful engines.

Second Generation

In 2005, Kia introduced the second-generation Optima model. It came with new styling and new premium features including optional leather upholstery. This generation saw additional trim levels, improved engines, and updated safety features. In 2010, every Optima model came standard with remote start.

Third Generation

A completely redesigned Optima was introduced in 2011. It has sleek, modern styling with the new Kia Tiger Nose grille design. Inside, it features more technology. The UVO infotainment system was first available for the 2013 model year. Other options included a backup camera, push-button start, navigation, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats. Kia also gave the Optima a sporty look, especially with the SX models, which featured a rear spoiler, paddle shifters, black trim details, and illuminated scuff plates.

Fourth Generation

In 2016, the Optima entered its fourth generation. This year saw marked improvements in sophistication, more premium features, and advanced safety features. These amenities helped the Optima move further up market. In 2018, Kia added Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® as standard features along with blind-spot monitoring. Buyers could also choose a new sporty S trim level. For the 2019 model year, the Optima came with refreshed exterior styling and an updated infotainment system.

Celebrate the origin story of the Optima when you stop by Evansville Kia to test-drive a current model. Learn more about this year's model, available at Evansville Kia now!

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