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: Selecting a Child Restraint System (CRS)


When selecting a CRS for your child, always: Make sure the CRS has a label certifying that it meets applicable Safety Standards of your country. Select a child restraint based on your child’s height and weight. The required label or the instructions for use typically provide this infor ...

Kia Optima DL3 2019-2020 Owner's Manual: Temperature control


The temperature will increase to the maximum (HI) by turning the knob to the extreme right. The temperature will decrease to the minimum (Lo) by turning the knob to the extreme left. When turning the knob, the temperature will increase or decrease by 0.5°C/1°F. When set to the lowest tem ...

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