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Notes from the Rebellion: 2019 Kia Optima Provides Optimal Subversion

2019 Kia Optima Vs. 2018 Kia Optima

Kia has taken a huge step to pushing back on the oppressive and creativity-stifling forces of BIG3 (The coalition of H*nd*, T*y*t* and N*ss*n) with the newest Kia Optima. A bold underdog, the 2019 Optima has arrived at the perfect time, seeking to dethrone BIG3 and end their coronation as champions of this technology- and family-minded class.

We, the Rebellion, have always felt comfortable being described as “alternative.” Once you look outside the boring and prescribed options for anything, you discover where true value and enjoyment lie. The newest Optima promises to provide this elevated level of enjoyment and value. Let’s look at how:

2019 Kia Optima Design Changes

The most immediate change drivers will notice to the Optima is the exterior design. Our allies at Kia have sculpted the newest Optima into a weapon built to cut through both the drab designs of BIG3 vehicles like the Acc*rd and Alt*m*and over-styled BIG3 origami like the C*mry and C*v*c.

[READ MORE: Notes from the Rebellion – 2019 Kia Forte]

The 2019 Optima retains its distinguished European flair but with sporty new elements that take it to the next level. Bold new fog lights, front fascia and body accenting gives the 2019 Optima an aspirational look in its class. It’s not chunky and ostentatious, but it’s also not forgettable and boring. This balance is all a product of the personality Kia fills their vehicles with.

A personality that BIG3 has worked to shut down and silence.

New wheel designs highlight the Optima’s commitment to exciting drivers, passengers and onlookers alike. Seating material changes allow you and your passengers to feel this bold subversion and challenge to convention.

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Engage Optimal Defense with Standard Active Safety Features

The 2019 Kia Optima is a threat to BIG3 for more reasons than just its cutting-edge style. The 2019 Kia Optima will also feature ADAS across all trim levels. ADAS, or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, is a suite of active safety and driver assist features that help keeps you, your passengers and your Optima safe with all four wheels on the road.

Included in this suite of features, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) works to automatically apply brakes to reduce speed, helping to avoid or minimize the effects of, a frontal collision. The Forward Collision Warning System (FCW) works in tandem with this technology and alerts you if a front collision is possible with an object or vehicle in front of the Optima.

Since days of rebellion can lead to tired nights, the 2019 Kia Optima’s Driver Attention Warning (DAW) keeps its “eyes” on several vehicle sensors and alerts you if it senses grogginess or low attention. Both Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) help keep you in your lane by providing audio/visual alerts when drifting out of the lane and gently steering you back to the center of the lane respectively.

Enjoy Optimal Connectivity with UVO Telematics and Infotainment

Rebelling against mediocrity is a coordinated effort, one that requires a lot of communication. The 2019 Kia Optima will be the most connected Optima ever. Featuring UVO Telematic sand Infotainment. To help make it easier to decide which connectivity experience your part in the Rebellion demands, Kia has made three UVO systems available with the following features:

  • UVO play
    • Standard on LX
    • Features Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
    • Keeps you focused by using voice to control smartphone apps
  • UVO link
    • Standard on S and EX
    • Includes functionality of UVO play
    • Adds on-demand diagnostics, maintenance alerts, vehicle alarms, geo-fencing and speed alerts (Read: Great for the younger members of the Rebellion).
    • Also includes convenience features like remote start with HVAC control, remote unlock and remote light/horn activation
  • UVO link with Navigation
    • Standard on SX and SXL. Available on EX
    • Includes functionality of UVO play and UVO link
    • Includes navigation feature with MY POIs and Map Care
    • Includes two free map updates/year

The 2019 Kia Optima is going for more than just a dent in the bland reign of BIG3 – it’s going for the very vehicles that made them famous. The 2019 Kia Optima provides power, style and functionality. New features like standard active safety and enhanced infotainment further add to the value of this compelling midsize alternative.

The stylish little sibling of the Optima, the 2019 Kia Forte has also been announced. You can reserve one by clicking here! For more information on the 2019 Kia Optima, contact us today!

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