2017 Kia Optima Release Date, Info & Specs

The new Kia Optima for 2017 combines a strong value proposition and sporty styling that’s hard to beat in the midsize sedan segment. Some of its premium features include an excellent blend of performance and fuel efficiency with a turbocharged 1.6L engine, plenty of luxury and convenience features for the money, and a serene cabin. Its release date should be expected during the second half of this year.

It is no-brainer that the mid-size sedan segment is chock full of vehicles from well-established brands such as Accord, Camry, and Fusion. And despite the Kia Optima being on sale in U.S for the past fifteen years, it only became a serious contender in the segment just recently.

2017 Kia Optima exterior, side view and alloy wheels

Now, the Optima as set the bar high and has aided the Kia brand shift upwards in the competition paradigm. One notable thing that hasn’t evolved for the 2017 Optima though is the exterior design. It still retains a slightly wider, longer, and taller dimensions than its predecessor. But don’t get me wrong, the vehicle is still a head turner.

However, much can be said beneath its skin, the chassis makes use of high-strength steel extensively during its construction. According to Kia’s own words, this has made it achieve better handling, structural rigidity, and stability even at top speeds. Also, a first for the Optima is a 1.6L turbocharged engine that now promises better fuel economy and performance.

2017 Kia Optima side view, headlights

Interior wise regardless of the rock-bottom price it comes with, the Optima still manages to offer a fairly cozy and upscale cabin than some of its competitors. For instance, the base LX trim offers fancier configurations, a nice selection of convenience features. Some of them include automatic emergency braking, quilted leather upholstery, a 360-degree parking camera, a panoramic sunroof, and adaptive cruise control.

For those who might first want to look around to see what the segment offers, these are some of the alternatives you will most probably stumble upon; the 2017 Mazda 6, the 2017 Toyota Camry, the 2017 Honda Accord, and the 2017 Hyundai Sonata.

Available Trims – Kia Optima

The Kia Optima for 2017 is available in four trims: base LX, EX, SX, and the plush SXL trim levels. The 2017 Optima Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2017 Kia Optima

The entry-level 2017 Kia Optima LX comes equipped with a 60/40-split rear seatback, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, a six-way power driver seat, full power accessories, 16” alloy wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 5” touchscreen display, cruise control, and a USB port.

The Convenience package available optionally adds laminated front door windows, rear-cross traffic alert, power-folding heated mirrors, an eight-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a blind-spot monitor, and driver memory settings.

Opting for the LX 1.6T gets you keyless entry and ignition, power folding mirrors, a 1.6L turbocharged engine, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated exterior mirrors. The optional Technology package available for the trim comes equipped with an 8” touchscreen display, Uvo infotainment system, rear air conditioning, climate control (dual-zone), LED taillights, and HD radio.

2017 Kia Optima interior, leather seats and dash gear shift

Going for the EX trim gets you an 8” touchscreen bundle, a heated steering wheel, 17” alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, rear-cross traffic alert/blind-spot monitoring, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and LED running lights.

2017 Kia Optima steeringwheel, dadhboard and lcd screen

The SX trim comes bundled with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 18” alloy wheels, rear side window sunshades, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, unique exterior styling details, adaptive xenon headlights, upgraded gauges, a rear spoiler, LED taillights, dual-exhaust tips, interior ambient lighting, and a sport-tuned suspension system.

2017 Kia Optima gray color,alloy wheels

The top-of-the-range SXL trim comes fitted with premium leather upholstery, exterior chrome accents, and unique interior trim.

2017 Kia Optima Engine Specs

Both the LX and EX come fitted with a four-cylinder 2.4L engine rated at 185 hp and 178 pounds of torque. The front wheel drive is standard, as is the six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Kia Optima engine

A 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 245 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque is available as the default powertrain for the SXL and SX trims. Here, a six-speed is the default transmission system.

EPA fuel economy ratings for the base 2.4L engine are 24/35/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 28/39/32 mpg for the SX turbo engine.

Price & 2017 Kia Optima Release Date

We should expect to see the fresh 2017 Kia Optima sometime during the second half of this year if the online rumors are anything to go by. As for the price, expect the sedan to cost you an MSRP starting from $21,840.

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2017 Kia Forte Release Date, Specs and Info

With a lot of value, a sharp design, and a broad appeal, the new 2017 Kia Forte is a great choice for a small sedan, coupe or hatchback. Some of its pros include a lengthy warranty coverage, many standard features, spacious interior for both the sedan and coupe, and strong engines on both the SX and EX trims. Its release date should be expected during the 2nd Q of 2016.

For 2017, the Forte comes with subtle revisions for its exterior and interior surfaces. Also, the base LX is now offered on the hatchback and sedan body styles.

2017 Kia Forte side view, exterior, blue color

With three iterations available, the Forte offers quality interior materials, a fair price, and a peppy acceleration. You will find the Forte irresistible regardless of the body style you choose.

The level of equipment is generous even for the base model. Some of these features include a ventilated driver seat, a selectable steering assist, heated rear seat, keyless entry and ignition, xenon headlights, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

2017 Kia Forte gray color, rear view

The 2017 Kia Forte comes in three different engines which offer competitive acceleration and power.
Taking the Forte to the top of its segment is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine which offers top performance and acceleration. Also available is a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes equipped on the performance-themed SX hatchback and coupe body styles.

2017 Kia Forte side angle, black color

Nonetheless, the segment also offers a surfeit of other vehicles. Some of them include the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 2017 Honda Civic, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda 3. However, the 2017 Forte remains a credible choice for anyone shopping for an affordable hatchback, coupe, or sedan configurations.

Available Trims – Kia Forte

The Kia Forte for 2017 is offered in only two trims: base LX and EX trims. The Kia Forte four-door hatchback is available in LX, EX, and SX trims, while the two-door coupe (Koup) is offered in SX and EX trims.

2017 Kia Forte Exterior Changes & Interior Review

Standard features available for the LX sedan include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, 15” steel wheels, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, a trip computer, full power accessories, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, heated mirrors, a four-speaker sound system, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a USB port.

2017 Kia Forte leather seads and steering wheel

Picking the LX includes a rearview camera, 16” alloy wheels, a 4.3” touchscreen display, upgraded interior upholstery, cruise control, automatic headlights, and a six-speaker sound system.

2017 Kia Forte interior, gear shift knob,lcd screen and dashboard

Springing for the EX gets you adjustable steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a cooling glovebox, power-folding exterior mirrors, a more agile 2.0L engine, foglights, 17” alloy wheels, and LED running lights. The optional Premium package adds a navigation system, leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated front seats, Kia’s Uvo eServices telematics, a 7” touchscreen display, an auto-dimming rearview camera, and keyless entry and ignition.

Additionally, you can add driver memory settings, heated outboard rear seats, an upgraded gauge cluster, a heated steering wheel, a 10-way power ventilated driver seat, automatic climate control (dual-zone), and LED taillights.

2017 Kia Forte, side view, alloy wheels

The top-of-the-range SX trim comes equipped with 18” wheels, a turbocharged engine, and unique rear and front styling. The SX and EX’s Premium Tech packages essentially provide the optional features found in both the Premium Plus and Premium packages.

2017 Kia Forte Engine Specs

A 1.8L four-cylinder engine rated at 145 hp and 130 pounds of torque comes equipped under the hood of the 2017 Kia Forte LX trim. The six-speed auto transmission system sends power to the front wheels.

The EPA fuel-economy ratings for the automatic-equipped version stands at 26/39/31 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/37/30 mpg for the LX with a manual.

A 2.0L four-cylinder engine equipped on the 2.0L engine generates 154 pounds of torque and 173 horsepower. The EX sedans returns 24/35/28 mpg.

2017 Kia Forte engine

Lastly, the 2017 Kia Forte SX versions of the Forte 5 and Forte Koup comes equipped with a 1.6L four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 201 horsepower and 195 pounds of torque.

During Edmunds test drive, the 2016 Kia Forte sprinted from 0-60 mph in just 8.1 seconds, and 7.0 seconds for the Forte SX Koup trim.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Kia Forte

The Forte Hatchback costs an MSRP starting from $19,400, and $15,990 for the Forte Sedan. We should look to a possible release date during this year’s second quarter if the latest news are anything to go by.

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2017 Kia Cadenza Release Date, Specs and Info

The new Kia Cadenza for 2017 has everything anyone shopping in the modern full-size sedan could ever need. Some of the defining technologies and features available for the 2017 model include a generous warranty coverage and standard features, a strong V6, easy-to-use electronics interface, and an upscale interior. Its release date should be expected sometime during the second quarter of this year.

A first for the 2017 Cadenza include an affordable base trim, and a plethora of technology tidbits for the Premium trim.

2017 Kia Cadenza blue color, headlights

Nowadays, people who are shopping for a large sedan are looking for pretty much everything in life. We demand a level of quality that would otherwise have been the preserve of the well-known brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.
For the 2017 Kia Cadenza, however, this expectations have been provided in surplus so to speak.

2017 Kia Cadenza side view, brown color

For instance, the base trim comes with a rock-bottom price whilst still offering upscale features and soft-touch materials. For that price, you get an industry-leading warranty, plenty of high-tech safety features, a strong V6 engine, an easy-to-operate infotainment system, and a quiet and pleasant cabin.

2017 Kia Cadenza side angle, gray color, alloy wheels

Drawbacks are few and include a missing all-wheel-drive system, no fuel-efficient engine, and no additional cargo space as the seats do not fold back. Despite the freshening features provided for the 2017 Cadenza, there are still other alternatives in the segment that offer better and more sophisticated features. Some of them include the 2017 VW Passat, 2017 Chevrolet Impala, the 2017 Chrysler 300, the 2017 Hyundai Azera, and the 2017 Toyota Avalon.

Available Trims – Kia Cadenza

The large 2017 Kia Cadenza sedan is offered in three trims: Cadenza, Premium, and Limited trim.

2017 Kia Cadenza Exterior Spy Shots & Interior Review

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Standard features available in the base 2017 Kia Cadenza brochure include an auto-diming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, 18” wheels, climate control (dual-zone), wood interior trim, a universal garage door opener, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, heated front seats, foglights, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat, cruise control, auto-leveling headlights, full power accessories, and keyless entry and ignition.

2017 Kia Cadenza interior, steering wheel and leather seats

Electronic features available include a navigation system, auxiliary/USB audio input, satellite radio, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an 8” touchscreen interface, Kia’s Uvo voice command system, and a CD player.

2017 Kia Cadenza lcd screen, gear shift knob and dashboard

Springing for the Premium trim gets you wood trim and paddle shifters on the shift knob and steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, and puddle lamps.

The Premium trim adds a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, adaptive HID headlights, driver seat memory functions, a power rear sunshade, rear cross traffic alert, a blind-spot monitor, upgraded leather upholstery, extendable seat cushion, heated outboard rear seats, ventilated front seats, a 7” cluster gauge display, a first aid kit, and a power rear sunshade. The optional Technology package adds an electronic parking brake, 19” wheels, a lane-departure warning system, and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Kia Cadenza headlights and alloy wheels

The top-of-the-range Limited trim adds a USB charge port, LED foglights, a surround-view camera, chrome trim accents, a unique grille, and LED interior lighting.

2017 Kia Cadenza Engine Specs

Generating 293 hp and 255 pounds of torque is a 3.3L V6 engine that comes equipped under the hood of the 2017 Kia Cadenza. Both the front wheel drive and the six-speed automatic with a manual shift control are standard.

During our 2016 Kia Cadenza test drive, it was able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds.

2017 Kia Cadenza engine

As for the EPA fuel economy ratings, the 2017 Cadenza returns 19/28/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined. We were able to confirm these figures from our long-term Cadenza test which yielded 21.9 mpg in combined mode.

Standard safety features available for the vehicle include rear parking sensors, rear and front side airbags, stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, a blind-spot monitoring, surround-view camera, rear-cross traffic alert, and hill-hold assist.

Release Date & Price – 2017 Kia Cadenza

The changes in the new 2017 Kia Cadenza will cost you an MSRP starting from $32,990. As for the release date, expect the sedan sometime during the 2nd Q of 2016. Once you purchase one for yourself, you also get to get an owner’s manual.

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