Refreshed 2014 Kia Optima starts from $22,300 image

On sale since the 2011 model year, the current-generation Kia Optima is getting quite an extensive refresh for the 2014 model year and a small price bump – a $175 increase over last year’s car, but with an extensive list of upgrades.

The base level LX model comes with a 200-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, and power windows and mirrors, among quite a long list of other features. For an extra $2,400 we have the EX version, that comes with a navigation system, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, eight-way power driver seat and 17-inch wheels among other features.

New to the Optima lineup for the 2014 model year is the Kia Optima SX with the 2.4-liter engine. It comes with heated and cooled seats, carbon fiber accents, aluminum pedals, and cloth/leather combination seats. It starts at $$26,150, $1,425 less than the 2013 SX Turbo and $1,950 less than the 2014 SX Turbo model. SX Turbo and SX Limited models come equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out a whopping 274 horsepower to the front wheels.

Lastly, the SX-Limited, also powered by the turbo engine, starts at $37,100 and sports LED foglamps, 18-inch chrome wheels, red brake calipers, Nappa leather seats and an electronic parking brake. All 2014 Optima models are equipped with six-speed automatic transmissions. Pricing for the Hybrid model was not yet announced.