The 2014 Kia Optima facelift has made its public debut this week at the New York Auto Show.
The most noticeable changes over the pre-facelift variant include reworked front and rear fascias. The sweeping trunk lid and rear diffuser have also been updated, while at the front it has gained LED positioning and fog lights complemented by the rear LED lamps.
Inside there's a new 4.3-inch instrument cluster and an optional 8-inch high-res navigation/telematics screen with Infiniti 8-speaker sound system and support for SiriusXM Traffic 4, Satellite Radio, HD Radio and UVO eServices.
It can be ordered with a new Blind Spot Detection System with rear parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert. The standard LX model has front fog lights, dual chrome tips, heated mirrors, new 16-inch wheels, solar glass and chrome-accented exterior door handles. EX adds 17-inch wheels, illuminated front cup holders, leather seats and eight-way power adjustable driver's seat.
The 2014 Kia Optima SX benefits from 18-inch rims, aero wiper blades, bespoke front/rear lower bumpers and side sills. The range-topping SX-T gains HID headlights with auto leveling, 18-inch chrome wheels, red brake calipers, LED fog lights, Nappa leather seats, chrome-accented side sills and an electronic parking brake.
LX, EX and SX have a 2.4-liter GDI engine while the SX-T makes use of a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI. Both engines are linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission, but the SX-T is the only one to offer a Drive Mode Select which can adjust steering weight and transmission shift points.