Kia's midsize Optima sedan largely stays the course for 2019, with a little more standard equipment, some new colors and a front fascia nip/tuck.

But the big story here is Kia's revised packaging for its UVO infotainment system, which launches with the 2019 Optima and will soon spread to the company's other models.

Basically, available UVO equipment is now broken up into three tiers: UVO Play, UVO Link and UVO Link with Navigation.

In the case of the Optima, the base LX model comes with UVO Play, which really just serves as a platform for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Buyers can control all of the smartphone-mirroring software via standard voice controls.

On the Optima S and EX models, UVO Link again features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but adds in a number of features like vehicle diagnostics, maintenance alerts and more.

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