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SX trims have electroluminescent gauges, custom leather seats and metallic trim
Way more ways to plug into your consumer electronics
Among the available features on the EX and SX are heated front seats, remote engine start, and a sunroof
It's surprising what you can get for a relatively low base price these days, and in this world of surprises, the 2009 Kia Optima offers some big ones.
The 2009 Kia Optima is available in three trims: LX, EX, and new-for-2009 SX, with minor visual differences between the three. According to Cars.com, "sixteen-inch steel wheels come on the four-cylinder Optima LX, while other trims have 16-inch alloys" and the Kia Optima "SX has 17-inchers." Otherwise, the trims are nearly identical.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com report an impressive number of standard features inside the 2009 Kia Optima. Car and Driver finds that the 2009 Kia Optima delivers "high standard-feature content [and] lots of standard features," as Cars.com adds that "air conditioning, power windows and locks, heated mirrors and a six-speaker CD stereo are standard." While the LX comes with standard cloth seats, ConsumerGuide notes that "leather upholstery is standard" on the EX, and Cars.com states that "SX trims have electroluminescent gauges, custom leather seats and metallic trim." Kia Optima V-6 versions come with dual exhaust outlets, while J.D. Power reports that "a new audio system in the 2009 Kia Optima is MP3 compatible and Sirius satellite radio capable, and features a USB port and an auxiliary jack."
For those who crave customization for their 2009 Kia Optima, the optional features list won't disappoint. J.D. Power says that "an optional navigation system is a first" for the Kia Optima, while ConsumerGuide lists "heated seats, sunroof, and power-adjustable pedals" among the other options. Kelley Blue Book calls the 2009 Kia Optima "well-equipped...above the basic transportation category," and Autoblog reviewers note that you have "way more ways to plug into your consumer electronics (USB, MP3 player plug, etc.)" with the new 2009 Kia Optima. The one major feature lacking from the 2009 Kia Optima is a Bluetooth connection for your cell phone.
A new navigation system for the 2009 Kia Optima rounds out what was already an impressive list of optional features for the Optima lineup.