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2016 Kia Optima Sedan

City mpg:
24
Highway mpg:
35

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2016 Kia Optima Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Kia Optima LX include Theta II 2.4L I-4 185hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2016 Kia
Optima Sedan

Starting at: $22,140

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Internal memory capacity (GB) - 1 GB
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Manual driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 97.0mm (3.46" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 11.30 to 1
  • GVWR - 2,040kg (4,497lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,854mm (191.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,859mm (73.2")
  • Exterior height - 1,466mm (57.7")
  • Wheelbase - 2,804mm (110.4")
  • Front legroom - 1,156mm (45.5")
  • Rear legroom - 904mm (35.6")
  • Front headroom - 1,011mm (39.8")
  • Rear headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,476mm (58.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,433mm (56.4")
  • Passenger volume - 2,968L (104.8 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 450 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 450 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 185hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sportmatic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 28mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 24mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 35mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 205/65HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/65HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LX 2016 Kia Optima Sedan LX Search New $22,140   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 35  
LX Turbo 2016 Kia Optima Sedan LX Turbo Search New $24,140   178-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  28 / 39  
EX 2016 Kia Optima Sedan EX Search New $25,140   185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 35  
SX Turbo 2016 Kia Optima Sedan SX Turbo Search New $29,940   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 32  
SX Limited 2016 Kia Optima Sedan SX Limited Search New $36,040   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 32  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Compared to rival sedans, the 2016 Optima feels responsive and nimble. Ride quality has been improved by moving suspension mounting points outward, on the stiffer body. Therefore, the 2016 Optima feels more compliant over mild bumps, as well as less bouncy over potholes and train tracks. Though not sporty, the Optima boasts an appealing ride/handling compromise.

Most enjoyable of the three powertrains is the 2.0-liter turbo, in Optima SX and Optima SXL trim. Its 6-speed automatic upshifts smoothly and downshifts promptly, with paddles to change gears manually.

Turbocharged performance mixes with thriftier fuel economy in the Optima LX 1.6T, but hesitation in the dual-clutch transmission interferes with drivability. On curves and hills, that version tends to struggle. Parking is clumsy and frustrating.

Optima LX and Optima EX models get the 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic. Most buyers should welcome this team’s smooth responsiveness, though the transmission will tend to downshift more often than with either turbo.

A Driver Mode Select system provides three modes, changing shift points and throttle sensitivity accordingly. Eco Mode resulted in hesitant shifting.

The base 2.4-liter engine is EPA-rated at 24/35 mpg (City/Highway), versus 22/32 mpg for the 2.0-liter turbo. The 1.6-liter turbo is EPA-rated at 28/39 mpg (City/Highway).

Walk Around

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While most midsize sedans have grown more interesting visually, the 2016 Optima stands out less sharply. For its fourth generation, designers appear to have followed a careful, mildly evolutionary path.

Despite modest visual change for its 2016 redesign, Optima continues many design themes that were formerly forbidden in sedans. Consider the curvaceously swoopy, coupe-like roofline, the rear-tapering greenhouse, and proportions that echo a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan.

Front/rear styling touches and softer-looking sheetmetal result in a design that’s matured. Modestly longer, taller and wider, the 2016 Optima is slightly more spacious and comfortable than before. Long rear doors make entry/exit easier than in most midsize sedans.

Interior Overview

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Evidence of the 2016 redesign is more noticeable inside. The front seats have improved, due to better use of space. Seating comfort is quite nice, courtesy of a new seat design with longer lower cushions and greater side support.

The rear seats aren’t the most comfortable. Cushions are a tad short and flat, as well as low, leading to knees-up posture and taller folks’ heads hitting the headliner.

Trim pieces, buttons, and switchgear are markedly improved. Less segmented than before, the instrument panel isn’t as slanted toward the driver.

In addition to abundant space, Kia offers one of the quietest and most refined interiors in the midsize sedan class. That’s quite a change, as the prior generation’s cabin was among the noisiest.

Rotary knobs are used for audio volume and tuning, as well as temperature settings. Gauges are legible, and touchscreens are comparatively intuitive.

Summary

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Value is a strong point. Each Optima contains more standard features than some prime rivals.

Driving impressions by Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Optima LX 2.4 ($21,840) comes with the 2.4-liter engine, a rearview camera, air conditioning, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth, and satellite radio compatibility, as well as 16-inch alloy wheels. Optima LX 1.6T ($23,990) upgrades to the dual-clutch automatic transmission and 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Optima EX 2.4 ($24,890) comes with the 2.4-liter engine, heated front seats, leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillamps, projector headlights, LED positioning lamps, rapid-charge USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated steering wheel, woodgrain trim, and an illuminated glove box.

Optima SX 2.0T ($29,690) brings the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, hairline metal and gloss black interior trims, metal pedals, and 18-inch wheels. Optima SXL 2.0T ($35,790) upgrades with Nappa leather upholstery, 12-way driver’s and 10-way passenger’s power seats, ventilated front seats, 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound, advanced cruise control, stitched upper door trim, and active-safety features.

(The Optima Hybrid has been dropped, but it’s expected to return as an all-new 2017 model.)

Safety features on all models include seat-mounted airbags, driver’s knee airbag, rearview camera. Rear parking sensors, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert are optional. An option package includes autonomous emergency braking, front collision and lane departure warnings, and surround-view monitor.

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