Kia Optima: Automatic transmission / Good driving practices

Kia Optima DL3 2019-2020 Owner's Manual / Driving your vehicle / Automatic transmission / Good driving practices

Moving up a steep grade from a standing start

To move up a steep grade from a standing start, depress the brake pedal, shift the shift lever to D (Drive). Select the appropriate gear depending on load weight and steepness of the grade, and release the parking brake. Depress the accelerator gradually while releasing the service brakes.

When accelerating from a stop on a steep hill, the vehicle may have a tendency to roll backwards. Shifting the shift lever into 2 (Second Gear) will help prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards.

Shift lock system
For your safety, the automatic transmission has a shift lock system which prevents shifting the transmission from P (Park) into R (Reverse) unless the brake pedal is depressed. To shift the trans ...

Brake system
Power brakes Your vehicle has power-assisted brakes that adjust automatically through normal usage. In the event that the power-assisted brakes lose power because of a stalled engine or some oth ...

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Kia Optima DL3 2019-2020 Owner's Manual: Ignition switch position


LOCK The ignition key can be removed only in the LOCK position. ACC (Accessory) The electrical accessories are operative. If the driver experiences difficulty moving the ignition switch to the ACC position, turn the key while at the same time turning the steering wheel right and left to rel ...

Kia Optima DL3 2019-2020 Owner's Manual: Fan speed control, Air conditioning


Fan speed control The ignition switch must be in the ON position for fan operation. The fan speed control knob allows you to control the fan speed of the air flowing from the ventilation system. To change the fan speed, turn the knob to the right for higher speed or left for lower speed. Se ...

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