Raleigh Buyers Guide – 2019 Kia Optima

Raleigh Buyers Guide – 2019 Kia Optima

Raleigh Buyers Guide - 2019 Kia Optima
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Vehicle Overview

If you are looking for an attractive, impressive, midsized sedan, with a stylish, comfortable, upscale interior, room for 4 adults, the latest infotainment technology, a strong safety record and a boatload of excellent standard safety features, the 2019 Kia Optima is the vehicle for you. A strong seller since it was introduced in 2013, the Kia Optima’s styling has been updated inside and out. Available in 5 trims, with 3 different engines and 2 automatic transmissions, this latest version of the Optima is an excellent value with its base model starting at less than $23,000.

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Exterior – 2019 Kia Optima

The 2019 Optima’s exterior has been given subtle tweaks that enhance its design language and makes it even more attractive. It now has a matte gray grille, an aggressive-looking front bumper, new LED daytime running lights, reworked head and taillights, a sloping roofline and newly designed 16-inch alloy wheels. Each trim of the Optima has unique, subtle changes. The LX trim has added a new wheel design, the S trim get new projector-beam foglights, gloss black exterior trim, LED taillights, dual exhaust and 18-inch alloy wheels. New 17-inch wheels have been added to the EX trim and the Optima SX now has a sportier trim, LED foglights, a sport bumper and new 18-inch wheels. Take the short drive from Raleigh to Burlington KIA for a test drive.

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Interior – Kia Optima near Raleigh NC

The interior of the new Kia Optima is quiet, comfortable, conveniently laid out and loaded with amenities. All trims feature a fast, responsive 8-inch touchscreen display with Kia’s three-tier Uvo telematics entertainment system. Uvo provides smartphone integration, voice commands, Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto compatibility, a USB port, 4G LTE hotspot, navigation, vehicle diagnostics, maintenance alerts, geo-fencing, speed alerts and other apps for connected smart phones depending on the trim. There are easy-to-read gauges, an available leather flat bottom heated steering wheel featuring molded grips and perfectly placed shift paddles and a console with a clean, horizontal design that creates a sense of space. Soft-touch surfaces, bold accents and available leather upholstery, Euro-styled bucket seats, ventilated and heated front seats, soft cushions, supportive seat bolsters and generous head and leg room reflect superior craftsmanship and make even the longest journeys comfortable. Choose the Optima SX and red-and-black leather upholstery is an option. The top-tier Optima SXL has a two-tone black and bronze Nappa leather interior and panoramic moonroof as available options. Plus, there’s a premium Harman Kardon 10-speaker sound system.

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Mechanical – Kia Optima specs near Raleigh

The upgrades to the 2019 Optima being manufactured in West Point, Georgia, include changes to the body style, engines, transmissions and the interior that give it a sleeker, sportier look. Upgrades to its suspension give the vehicle a well-damped, controlled feel and its four electronic driving modes help drivers customize the vehicle’s response to road surfaces and other conditions and make the quality of the ride even better and more enjoyable. The SX trim’s sport-tuned suspension takes the Optima’s ride quality from good to excellent. The electric-assist steering on the Optima has a natural feel that’s neither too floaty nor too firm. While the Raleigh Buyers Guide provides valuable information, you’ve got to visit Burlington KIA and see the new Optima for yourself. It’s only a short drive from Raleigh and they’ve been serving Raleigh Durham North Carolina for years.

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Powertrain – Kia Optima specs near Raleigh NC

Available in 5 trim levels, LX, S, EX, SX and SXL, the 2019 Kia Optima comes with three different 4-cylinder engines and two different transmissions. An 185-horsepower inline-4 engine teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission to produce 178 pound feet of torque powers the LX and S trims. A 178 horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo-4 engine and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission delivering 195 pound-feet of torque ably moves the Optima EX. The top-tier SX and SXL trims both get the more powerful, zippy, 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine working in tandem with a 6-speed automatic transmissions. The transmissions shift smoothly and the engines provide plenty of power easing in and out of city traffic and merging and passing on the highway. You can check the Raleigh Buyers Guide for info, but definitely visit Burlington Kia’s dealership in person. You will see what the right way of serving Raleigh Durham North Carolina means to them.

Safety – 2019 Kia Optima dealer

The new Optima is setting the bar high on the safety front. Kia is equipping all their 2019 Optimas with the company’s suite of advanced safety features offered as options in the past that’s called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. They include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Active Lane Control and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning. The EX trim and above add Smart Cruise Control featuring stop-and-go technology. The ADAS also includes Blind-Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist and Reverse Park Distance Warning. These systems alert the driver using audio and visual cues.

Closing Statement

Even if you read the Raleigh Buyers Guide, you should definitely take the short drive from Raleigh to Burlington KIA to put the 2019 Kia Optima through its paces. Then you’ll see why this impressive well-built, comfortable, midsize sedan with easy-to-use interior controls, plush interior, handsome exterior, good driving manners and superior safety features is among the brand’s best sellers. The team at Burlington, which has long been admirably serving Raleigh Durham North Carolina, will also tell you about the superb 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and laudable quality ratings that make the 2019 Optima a strong value proposition.

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