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Starting at
$29,940
Engine
2.0L inline4

Power
245 hp
EPA - est City/Hwy
22/32
Seats
5

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2016 Kia Optima Overview

Data provided by Edmunds

The 2016 Kia Optima midsize sedan offers something for almost everyone, with seating for five and engines that range from eco-conscious to sporty. A low roof may disqualify taller drivers from purchase.

The midsize sedan segment is filled with sedans so renowned that they need no introduction. Camry. Accord. Fusion. Even though the Kia Optima has been on sale in the United States since 2001, it only recently elevated itself from the bargain basement to become a serious competitor. Kicking off a new generation, the 2016 Kia Optima raises the bar set by its esteemed predecessor, a car that helped shift the perception of the brand over the last half-decade. The redesigned 2016 Kia Optima maintains the previous generation's stylish looks, with just a few updates to the front and rear. One thing that hasn't changed much for 2016 is the Optima's exterior styling. Slightly longer, wider and taller than the car it replaces, this Kia is still a head-turner, but you'll need to take a hard look to notice the subtle differences. Underneath the skin is another story. High-strength steel is used extensively in the chassis, which Kia says makes for better structural rigidity, handling and high-speed stability. In addition to the carryover 2.4-liter base engine, a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is now available that promises better performance and fuel economy. The optional 2.0-liter turbo actually gets less power and torque this time around, but it's still the sporty choice in the lineup. Even as it inches toward the standard-bearers in this segment in terms of price, the Optima is still a great choice for value. The base Optima LX already comes with a nice selection of convenience items, while fancier configurations offer features that are uncommon at this level, including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, quilted leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and a 360-degree parking camera. Such premium content would be more expected in the Optima's big brother, the Cadenza, but it's a clear differentiator in the context of other family sedans. The midsize sedan segment is not wanting for worthy competitors to the 2016 Kia Optima. The 2016 Honda Accord is thoroughly refreshed for this year, boasting bold new styling and Honda's usual powertrain excellence. The 2016 Mazda 6 is stylish and fun to drive, but those who find its 2.5-liter engine lacking in oomph don't get the choice for a more powerful motor. The 2016 Toyota Camry is a little more vanilla, but its reputation for reliability is unmatched. You could also check out the Optima's closely related cousin, the well-rounded 2016 Hyundai Sonata. However, the 2016 Optima — with its blend of performance, style and value — is right in the mix with today's elite midsize family sedans.

The 2016 Kia Optima combines sporty styling with a strong value proposition that's hard to beat in the midsize sedan segment.

The 2016 Kia Optima is fully redesigned.



2016 Kia Optima Problems




2016 Kia Optima Reviews From Owners (28 Reviews)

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By Joe Prizzi

on Feb/03/17 08:55 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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Very nice

Good car

By Lisa Williams

on Dec/23/16 11:10 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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Wish We Had Bought Two

Both adult sons are 6'2" and EASILY fit in the back seat, both with head room and leg room. Extremely roomy and deceptively big trunk. Great visibility, turn ratio, and low noise.

By Reggie Moore

on Dec/04/16 08:56 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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More that I bargained for.

This car is my first buy in 18 years and I love the value technology fuel economy warranty and dealership experience. The reviews by reputable auto evaluators (i.e. Edmunds) have been spot on. I would gladly recommend trying out the Kia Optima experience.

By Hope Robinson

on Aug/12/16 08:39 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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By Harry

on Aug/06/16 12:51 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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Features removed

Compared to previous years this is a big step back for the optima! A lot of the chrome highlights are gone! The dual exhaust chrome pipes are no longer! No more fog lamps either! The dash is no longer sporty looking! Was bad enough when the v6 was removed from the ex! I have a 2015 and won't go newer!

By Kenneth Johnson

on Jul/13/16 06:05 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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My ne car

every thing

By Carol Cunningham

on Aug/19/16 05:03 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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Great Car

I love the car the featureless and the new look

By Ray Wilson

on Jun/20/16 03:30 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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By Dean

on Jan/07/17 11:54 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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If only....

I took this car for an extended [4 hour] test drive. Disclosure: my wife and I are classical musicians. I was very disappointed not to be able to buy this car because of a terrible sound system. I liked the car very much. Very comfortable seat, nice ride, good looking, engine a little loud but I could deal with it, lots of very nice technology, and a heated steering wheel [which I had to have]. I was a little worried about gas mileage - the reading on the dashboard was 19 - I asked the salesman about it and was told that the mileage was just for the last little trip, not overall. Still I worried about that. The Optima SXL is a very nice car. I would have purchased it if I could put up with the terrible sound system. The sound was more than a little raspy, harsh, edgy, distorted--both voices [normal talking] and instruments. I think a lot of people wouldn't care, but it's important to me. My wife didn't like the sound either but said she could live with it. I couldn't. It didn't have to be the best - just reasonably good. Since I really wanted the car, I tried the sound system in two other Optimas - another SXL and the next lower trim level, and those cars sounded the same as the car I test drove. Nice car, bad sound system. Come on Kia, you have a nice product - it seems to me that it would be very easy to do better with the sound.

By MG

on Jan/09/17 03:08 PM (UTC)

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Lots of fuss, not so much muss

I'm a demanding customer and I had Toyota's before, which I found to be excellently built and functioning cars, but their sedans are too fluffy for me now (too much body lean, cornering and grip not good) so I decided to try a different brand, but I need an all around sedan type vehicle without a 40 grand price tag. Still, my SX Turbo with tech package cost 32 thousand! My main gripe is with the steering. It's so numb and stiff, that I often find myself parking incorrectly so at slow speed you just have no feeling whatsoever. Then, despite expensive Michelin tires, you feel like the suspension is making the tires roll off the bottom of the tire. The turbo engine is very quick, especially at above-legal speeds (watch out for tickets) but there is a problem in terms of steering and road feel as well as little visibility so you don't feel confident in quick maneuvers through traffic so you are forced to use just brute speed to efficiently go from place to place. Also the turbo engine is somewhat inconsistent in terms of when the turbo kicks in and can make it difficult to accelerate smoothly. Finally, you notice details that are poorly tested, like one touch windows that are very difficult not to activate, or a defogger that takes more than 15 minutes to do the job, or automatic locking keyless entry that you can't figure out how to unlock the other doors once you have unlocked the front one, like one click gas cap that has a weird feel, like cheap carpeting on the rear shelf when you have leather seats etc, like a dry leather on the steering wheel, like paint that chips with the tiniest stone, like a navigation system that can't find the local bus station, like voice recognition that doesn't recognize...Look, It's a beautiful looking car, and everybody thinks it is, but I'm not sure that I can deal with the lack of quality in design that makes a car REALLY work well or that I can deal with the numb steering... if you're a demanding, detail oriented customer who likes quality above all else (and I don't mean name brand, but years of flawless service), look elsewhere... My KiA is for sale!!

By Michael

on Jul/04/16 06:32 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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So far, so good

Really enjoying the car so far. The tech (radio/navigation/phone integration/etc) are excellent. Highwat MPG was better than listed on our trip. Surprisingly good acceleration.

By Ernest Biddle

on Apr/06/16 11:19 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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The optimal optima !

balance of performance ,handling and comfort.........just about perfect!

By Fireshaw

on Jun/02/16 08:32 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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Love my KIA

Awesome package deal with sporty looks, luxury interior, good fuel economy and still practical.

By Joe

on Sep/26/16 04:18 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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I miss my CD's

Why would the manufacturer decide not to put in CD players. We love our car which we have owned only one month, but on a recent trip through mountains both our "Sirius" and our "radio frequency" kept stopping as they could't pick up the satellite. I love our CD's with the continuous music wherever the road leads, so when I went to put in a CD and couldn't find a place for it I called the dealership and was informed they had discontinued the CD player. Now all we get is choppy music. I am very disappointed. I wish the dealer would have mentioned it, we probably would have not gotten a KIA.

By Ruthi

on Aug/20/16 06:20 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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My Jalopy!

I bought this car after owning a Chev Aveo that was bare bones. I did have AC put in the Aveo. The first time I sat in an Optima, I was in LOVE!!! And driving one... Oh YES!!! MyFuel economy has been amazing. Much better then my Aveo was. and holds the roads. I travel across country about 3-4 times a year. The Optima has made this trip amazing! I havent figured out all the technological things yet, so I rated them ok or N/A. All I can say is this is the most comfortable amazing car I have ever been in. I stopped speeding because I dont want to get out of this car....

By Pammy Smith

on Apr/12/16 01:31 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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Wanna see ya in a KIA

Decent car for the price. Turbo a big help since it is a 4cyl. Wish it had auto seats.

By Jamie

on Mar/02/16 08:14 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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2016 Kia Optima, boom, you'll love this car

The car is worth the price. Shop around for best pricing. Don't settle, get the options you want.

By JWalt

on Feb/03/17 11:37 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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OVER 700 MILES DURING FIRST WEEK OF OWNERSHIP

One week may seen too early for a review, but I've driven my Optima SXL over 700 miles the first week (that's average for me) and think I have a good sense of the car. If you don't like long reviews, know I REALLY like this vehicle and find new reasons why I like (bordering on love) this vehicle! I can't, and won't try going over all the systems and surprises I've found (too many). So, I'm 6'3, and 235 lbs. Previously I owned a VW Passat TDI SE w/sunroof and Nav (part of the VW buy back program). I purchased that vehicle because it had ample legroom for me (including my left leg extended) and it had excellent mpg (avg 40 mpg with an approx elevation change of 3k ft through mountains). On the downside, it didn't offer much for amenities. I wanted a vehicle that would make my 75 minute each way commute comfortable, and fun. Gas milage was important, but I was willing to lower my expectations there for the right mixture of features, comfort, cost, and reliability. I looked at a ton of vehicles before going with the Avalon (Avalon Limited, Avalon Hybrid, Lincoln, Fusion, Camry, Accord - all higher trim models). The Lincoln/Fusion (basically same vehicle), Camry and Accord didn't have the legroom I needed. The Avalon had the legroom, but the tilt steering didn't have much range and it felt like it was in my lap (though I was willing to ignore that before I found the Optima). The Camry had a "bland" feel inside, and the Accord just seemed too childlike for me. The only Avalon that had the features I wanted was the Limited (most of the features). Good price, but I really didn't want to go over 30-32k for my vehicle. I looked at the Optima due to its reviews. Honestly, I wasn't expecting I'd like the Optima. I just wanted to check all my options before I purchased the Avalon. My wife thought I was playing when we pulled into the Kia dealership; "KIA?!?! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!" Yea, I kind of felt the same way going in to the dealership. Everything I knew about Kia did not inspire images of well made vehicles. Well, I was wrong. Reviews and research support the 2016 is an excellent vehicle. I walked up to the white SXL vehicle, with chrome rims and opened the door to the white nappa leather and thought, "WOW!" Pictures don't do this vehicle justice. The interior looks great, and everything feels great. I saw a review stating the seats feel less comfortable on long trips. Well, I spend almost 3 hours a day in those seats and they're very comfortable. The audio system sounds great also. And, it operates equally well. I do wish there was a knob of sorts near the gear shift to navigate the system; The screen is a little reach with the seat pushed back. A minor, but "cool" thing: the LED interior lights look great at night against the white leather. Bottom line - the vehicle looks GREAT and, it has everything I could think of as an option. How does the SXL drive? As good as it looks. Smooth, quiet ride with excellent get up and go when I need it. I'm averaging 29 mpg overall. Not great coming from 40 mpg, but I think I can get that to 30-31 mpg. I did look at the Optimus Hybrid, but it didn't have all the features of the SXL. Also, it just didn't look as good as the SXL. Steering in the SXL is also excellent. I have noticed when taking curves through the mountains, the steering doesn't inspire control. I felt..., disconnected from the road. But, I also noticed switching to sport mode in those situations elevates the problem. The only thing I'm having difficulty adjusting to with the Optima is the name plate: Kia. But, that's fast becoming a non-issue! I purchased my SXL for $29,500 (USAA TrueCar) price the dealer honored. I'm beyond happy with this purchase.

By Scott

on Sep/21/16 11:12 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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After 1 day, nearly perfect

I purchased my Optima SXL last night. I feel like I stole it. With the $2500 rebate, I paid under 29k for the car. Yes, you read that correctly, UNDER $29k. Thanks to a GM who honored a price shown on his website that the salesman claimed was a mistake.. But after I contacted the GM telling him that the salesman told me the online price from another dealer is always a lie, then when their price was $10 less, I called them out on it.. and so they basically had to eat their own words, or practice a bait and switch on pricing as they accused another dealer of doing. That turned out to be my gain! The tech on this car is incredible. I ding the car a little because for some reason there is no Homelink garage opener in this car. I will have to decide if I want to keep a transmitter in the car, or opt to pay for dealer installed option review mirror with Homelink. There is a little bit of turbo lag, but other than that, the car is very quick. Steering is a little softer than I am used to, as I am coming from and Acura. Acura's typically have very tight steering. All of the feature on this car are awesome.. Huge sunroof, heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, and all of the accident mitigation built in is awesome. This car feels very high end and very expensive. I am surprised this is a KIA. I didn't think I would EVER own one, but here I am. Even the 10-spoke chrome wheels look almost identical to that on the Jaguar XJ. The attention to detail is great. Little bits of chrome in all of the right places.. illuminated outside door handles when you approach, and red painted calipers. I am still shocked that I bought a KIA and even more so to say after 1 day, that I LOVE my KIA. I'll do another review after I have had the car for a few weeks.

By Joe Panozzo

on Jun/08/16 10:14 AM (UTC)

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Mama mia - I love my KIA

We bought our KIA LE s fairly loaded - Leather seats, moon roof etc., Plus so many on line criticisms, but not so much by owners, so I thought there might be some issues down the line. We got a great deal and the buying experience was just about perfect. And after almost three years it has performed flawlessly. Only one trip to the dealer, and that was a great experience. I really like to lay back in the leather seats and look out the panoramic sun/moon roof at night.

By Roger

on Mar/07/16 02:04 PM (UTC)

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Great car so far

KIA made an error when they made the 1.6L turbo engine... They paired it to a 7 speed duel clutch transmission that made it faster than their 2.0L turbo.... Makes zero sense but it sure is fun!

By Kamran. S

on Oct/05/16 10:32 PM (UTC)

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Lyft Driver: Im on the road 24/7

So I traded in my baby a 14' Chevy Camaro for this 16' Optima EX ( New Horizon Blue color) 2.4 liter 4-cyl. I simply needed 4 doors to drive for Lyft Full time. So far I have had this car for about 3 weeks I purchased the car with 150 miles on it and now have around 2500 miles on it already :/ This was my first "Brand new" car. What I like about this car is the styling Im 28 years old and I dont feel like grandpa pulling up to an event or to someones house. I get daily compliments on the car from the ladies they love the sporty high-end look and the light colored leather interior feels like a benz/beamer on the inside. I spend alot of time in this car Gas mileage is ok I get right about what the car is rated to get. I was not getting as great gas mileage and power until I switched from 87 to 89 octane gas... I know every one says it doesn't make a difference well that may be true for you. I am a Car guy and I can definitely tell the difference, and trust me its not placebo. The 2.4 at first drive did seem a bit sluggish compared to the Accord and the Legacy the other 2 cars I was comparing. But throw it in sport mode but keep in in Drive dont use the sport shift/manual mode it really doesnt help actually makes the car slower from gears 1-3. The only time I felt a benefit was when I drove up Mount Lemmon in Arizona (steep hills/Winding roads) Thats when having control of my shifts really helped but other than that stick to Full Auto/ Drive. I picked the optima because of the obvious Warranty benefit. Also they have some really good service I called to set up my road side which I recommend you do when you buy the car to prepair incase of assistance you dont have to spend 30 mins giving your personal info as your stranded. My only hope or Con was that I wish Kia gave this optima some more hp and low end torque without having to drop 30+ grand to go with a SX-L. And also after driving lirterally all day the seats feel very uncomfortable. And im an average body type I am 5'11 Athletic and about 180 pounds.

By NoLa

on Aug/16/16 12:55 PM (UTC)

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Two Weeks & just filling up the gas tank

I brought my new 2016 Kia Optima LX two weeks ago for a good deal 16k. The ride is quiet and comfortable. I suggest drive in eco mode to save money at the gas pump. I'm average just about what is advertised. Also the car has a lot of sex appeal grown up/sporty look. I would highly suggest anyone to give kia a chance!

By Donna Hart

on Mar/03/16 11:44 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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Love it! But tall people beware

The front seats are padded and comfortable, but the bottom is not long enough to support your entire leg if you're tall (I'm 5'8")

By Akley

on Jul/23/16 08:51 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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STILL LOVE IT! Safety features sold us

**Update--8000 miles and still would buy again. Two long road trips and daily to work. This car is so comfortable and useful. It has amenities for both front and rear passengers. Drives smooth as a top and has the pick up when you need it. There is nothing we don't like. Nothing. To date, there is nothing we would add. It has it all!! Safety features have been useful and come into play every time we drive the car--lane change notifications, camera to park and reverse, we love them! * Previous review, bought new, 240 miles on it.>>Auto hold braking, lane change warning, full body cameras, auto cruise follow distance and braking features are amazing and useful. The luxury items of seat air/heat, leather and electric EVERYTHING are icing on the cake. Stereo is like a theater. Very VERY roomy, front and back. Sunroof extends the entire top of car. Rides SMOOTH and quiet. Can't say enough good. Price tag was high, at least for us, but the car is certainly proving itself.

By Tom Gage

on Jul/03/16 02:24 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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KIA Out Does Themselves Again

If upgrading to the Harmon Kardon stereo system, you sacrifice a CD player. The sacrifice is worth it. You can use a personal Apple IPhone, Apple or other brand Ipad as well as an MP3 to play your recorded music with the USB cord. Other than this perhaps negative for some buyers, it is a delightful ride with all the top safety features and luxurious features of the finest cars offered by all top auto manufacturers and surpassing them. It should be noted that this is my second newly purchased KIA. The previously owned 2010 KIA Forte LX accumulated over 195,000 miles with only normally scheduled maintenance. BRAVO! I expect no less than the attainment of this achievement for my 2016 KIA Optima SXL Turbo when combined with the past exceptional KIA service.

By NapaOpti

on Jun/25/16 10:37 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Optima


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Surprising and great

Like many people I doubted the Kia brand of vehicles just from historical knowledge. However after doing several weeks of research into mid size sedans the Optima kept near the top. I went and test drove Accords, Mazda 6, Audi A4, Fusion, Sonata, and Acura TLX. I own a 2010 Acura TSX commuter car that I like but is getting old. I found that each of these brands has some comfort or convenience issue I couldn't live with. The Kia Optima had the best balance of price, performance, convenience and great technology. Fit and finish are spot on for this class, no problems at all. Every car I have ever purchased I seem to always have to compromise and just get used to. The Optima is enjoyable right from the start and I always look forward to driving it. Sometimes hate to stop! Very glad I expanded my horizons while shopping.

By BillyB

on May/12/16 06:58 PM (UTC)

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Refined Evolution

I leased a 2013 Optima SXL and LOVED the car !! My lease expired and I got another SXL 2016 and WOW has this car evolved in three years not to mention how refined its become.

The cabin is incredibly quiet, even on concrete highways at highway speed. The handling is SO much better than 2013 model, very refined with just the right feedback. The technology is amazing and if you are a techie, you will enjoy it all the more.
SO happy with this car, I can't stop thinking about it.....LOVE IT !! ​


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2016 Kia Optima Problems Report:


  • 2016 Kia Optima Top 10 Complaints
  • 2016 Kia Optima Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Kia Optima Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Kia Optima Reviews
  • 2016 Kia Optima Defects

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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    110.4 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    191.1 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    57.7 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    5.3 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    3494 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    45.5 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    58.1 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    35.6 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    56.4 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    15.9 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    2.89 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    225
  • Rear Tire Profile
    45
  • Rear Tire Speed Rating
    V



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front
  • Knee Airbags
    Driver Only


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    6
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM HD Radio
  • Watts
    630
  • Subwoofer
    1


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Entry Lights
    Exterior Entry Lighting
  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Side Mirror Memory
    Includes Exterior Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Yes


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    2.0L Inline4 16 Valve Turbocharger Gas Regular Unleaded
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    18.5 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

SX Limited Turbo / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.3 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.6 sec @ 90.3 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

SX Turbo / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.8 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.2 sec @ 94 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

LX 1.6T / FWD / 7A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.5 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.8 sec @ 90.1 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

LX 1.6T / FWD / 7A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.3 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.8 sec @ 92 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $19,262
  • Private Seller Price
    $21,214
  • Dealer Price
    $22,686
  • Original MSRP
    $29,940


2016 Kia Optima Problems Report:


  • 2016 Kia Optima Top 10 Complaints
  • 2016 Kia Optima Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Kia Optima Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Kia Optima Reviews
  • 2016 Kia Optima Defects

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2016 Kia Optima JD Power

  • Among the best

  • Better than most

  • About average

  • The rest

INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

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Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    22 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    32 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Kia Optima Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    10 years / 100,000 miles
    9 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / 100,000 miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years

2016 Kia Optima Key Factors

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Pros

  • Plenty of convenience and luxury features for the money
  • Excellent blend of fuel efficiency and performance with turbocharged 1.6-liter engine.
  • Quiet cabin

Cons

  • Sloping roofline makes for limited rear headroom
  • Numb steering.


2016 Kia Optima True Cost Of Ownership

Data provided by Edmunds

The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,290$1,335 $1,382$1,430 $1,480$6,917
Maintenance$459$757 $693$1,195 $1,259$4,363
Repairs$0$0 $0$0 $845$845
Taxes & Fees$2,785$185 $168$153 $140$3,431
Financing$915$726 $529$326 $117$2,613
Depreciation$7,611$2,617 $2,303$2,040 $1,831$16,402
Fuel$1,806$1,860 $1,916$1,973 $2,033$9,588
True Cost To Own ®$14,866$7,480 $6,991$7,117 $7,705$44,159

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Kia Optima NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 02/20/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I was involve in a bad accident with 10k in front end damage and my air bags did not deploy and half of the air bag sensor came apart in the damage


Date Complaint Filed: 12/08/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

When starting from a dead stop, the car hesitates up to 6 or 7 seconds. i think it has stalled, then it starts again by its self. this is extremely dangerous when pulling out into an intersection. it does this constantly.






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Earlier this month, Kia announced that Apple CarPlay will be added to the 2016 Kia Optima. That's great news if you're considering buying one, however, current owners like ourselves are not SOL. Customers who have previously purchased a '16 Optima (or '17 Sportage) with a navigation system will be "provided with a downloadable update via myuvo.com" beginning in the third quarter.

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I've been shopping for a new personal car recently, and I've realized that the work advantage of driving nearly everything on the market does not necessarily make it easier when choosing a vehicle for your personal needs.

In other words, I want to build my own "hybrid" — Audi seats, BMW steering, Porsche brakes, maybe a Ferrari badge?

This evening I was again reminded of another addition to my list when I climbed behind the wheel of the 2016 Kia Optima. To me, the Optima's navigation and audio system controls are perfect.

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I've already gone on record and said how much I like our long-term 2016 Kia Optima's interior, especially as it relates to its big brother, the K900. However, I think it's worth noting just how easy it is to learn, and use, the Optima's infotainment system, too.

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Why would anyone want to turn off the blind spot monitor in our 2016 Kia Optima? Turns out there are a couple reasons, but most of them aren't very good.

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2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

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When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

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Read the latest audioand technology updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Kia Optima as our editors live with this truck for a year.

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One thing we can't seem live without these days is the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward whatever we're watching. That's true whether you're an avid consumer of cable network programming or an Amazon Prime and Netflix cord-cutter.

So why not incorporate said functionality into car audio systems? Our 2016 Kia Optima does just that.

See full article and comment.


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Well, I've since figured out how to get it to work through the car's UVO setup menu. Now it's just a matter of testing it out. I do have kids, but they're far from reaching driving age. Next best thing: me.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: What You Get With Kia UVO eServices

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 9, 2016

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One of the main function buttons on our 2016 Kia Optima dashboard is for "UVO." Unidentified Vehicle Object, maybe? No, it's just Kia's umbrella name for various infotainment features. There are different versions of UVO based on what year and model of Kia you own, but our Optima has the latest UVO eServices with navigation. Since Kia gives you a dedicated button for it, it's surely important, right? Well, let's find out.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Apple CarPlay Coming Soon

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 24, 2016

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Earlier this month, Kia announced that Apple CarPlay will be added to the 2016 Kia Optima. That's great news if you're considering buying one, however, current owners like ourselves are not SOL. Customers who have previously purchased a '16 Optima (or '17 Sportage) with a navigation system will be "provided with a downloadable update via myuvo.com" beginning in the third quarter.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Happiness is a Hands-Free Trunk

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It's not a new party trick, but our 2016 Kia Optima has the same nifty hands-free trunk as our former Hyundai Sonata. I forgot all about that feature from the Sonata, let alone that it existed on the Optima, until talking to a neighbor while standing around near the back of the car.

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See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: My Preferred Audio Controls

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on April 25, 2016

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I've been shopping for a new personal car recently, and I've realized that the work advantage of driving nearly everything on the market does not necessarily make it easier when choosing a vehicle for your personal needs.

In other words, I want to build my own "hybrid" — Audi seats, BMW steering, Porsche brakes, maybe a Ferrari badge?

This evening I was again reminded of another addition to my list when I climbed behind the wheel of the 2016 Kia Optima. To me, the Optima's navigation and audio system controls are perfect.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Good Tech Usability

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 20, 2016

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I've already gone on record and said how much I like our long-term 2016 Kia Optima's interior, especially as it relates to its big brother, the K900. However, I think it's worth noting just how easy it is to learn, and use, the Optima's infotainment system, too.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 31, 2016

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It's capable of impressive range and fuel efficiency, produces plenty of power for its mass, and has a pretty large back seat. Now we also know that our 2016 Kia Optima is also one of the safest midsize sedans available, having just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ rating.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Blind Spot Monitor Optional

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 17, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Why would anyone want to turn off the blind spot monitor in our 2016 Kia Optima? Turns out there are a couple reasons, but most of them aren't very good.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Kia Optima: Prepared to Hate It

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 4, 2016

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When fleetmaster Mike Schmidt handed me the key to the 2016 Kia Optima, I didn't expect much. As the new Vehicle Testing Assistant, I was excited to drive my first car, but I've personally never been a fan of the brand based on friends who experienced multiple mechanical problems with their Kias years ago. But a night in the Optima made it clear that my head had been stuck in the sand.

Let me explain.

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2016 Kia Optima: More Power than You'll Ever Need

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on July 19, 2016

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Our 2016 Kia Optima may just be the ultimate family sedan. It has a roomy cabin, a sizable trunk and plenty of storage space for small items. Further adding to the passenger-friendly atmosphere is the abundance of power ports smattered throughout the cabin. You'll never again have friends fighting over whose phone to charge first.

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2016 Kia Optima: 5 Reasons To Buy an Optima

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 7, 2016

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For people shopping for a new 2016 midsize sedan, I could imagine the experience isn't too far removed from heading down a grocery store's cereal aisle. You thought you were going to get Cheerios, but then you notice that Raisin Bran is on sale. And didn't your friend say that she really likes Chocolate Chex? Mmm ... chocolatey. Meanwhile, at your local dealership strip: Should I get an Accord? Camry? Fusion? Malibu? Altima? Mazda 6? Sonata? Optima? Argh, paralytic indecision!

Well, based on my experience with our long-term 2016 Kia Optima, I've got five reasons why I think a potential shopper will like the Optima best.

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2016 Kia Optima: Better Material Than Pricier Model

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 2, 2016

 2016 Kia Optima

We had an Optima SX Turbo in the fleet a few years ago. It was pretty well-liked. At the time I took issue with some of its interior materials, specifically the black leather upholstery and steering wheel wrap. Kia called it leather anyway. I'm pretty sure it didn't originate in the animal kingdom, but rather in some polyvinyl lab experiment.

It held up fine during the year we drove the Optima, but it felt cheap for a $30,000 car and I questioned how long it would hold up over the lifespan of the car.

The upholstery in our more budget-minded 2016 Kia Optima LX 1.6T doesn't make any pretensions to be leather, fake leather or even premium cloth. I actually kind of like it more because of it.

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2016 Kia Optima: Storage Opportunities

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 30, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

I like the available interior storage in our 2016 Kia Optima. There are a couple cupholders and a few bins to work with. The setup isn't flashy, but I've found it to be pretty handy for my personal effects.

Click through to see some in-use action photos from around the interior.

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2016 Kia Optima: Quiet and Mostly Comfortable on First Road Trip

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 25, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

A couple of weeks ago, I was sifting through our list of long-term cars, hoping to schedule one of them for an upcoming 600-mile road trip with my family. The Honda Pilot and Kia Sedona were obvious choices, but were already booked. So was our new Honda Civic. The Chevrolet Volt was available but I was worried about it not having enough trunk space. Hmm. T

Then I noticed our 2016 Kia Optima was free and clear. Family sedan for a family road trip? Sold.

And as it turned out, I should have just considered our Optima to begin with. This sedan is well-suited for long hauls.

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2016 Kia Optima: No Insider Access

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on March 8, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our long-term 2016 Kia Optima has a good-sized 15.8-cu-ft trunk that further benefits from a low and wide opening. Those rear seatback releases in the trunk are an added bonus, which means if you need to transport longer items, you won't need to climb into the rear seats to unlatch them.

A lot of manufacturers are doing this now and it's a good thing. But...

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2016 Kia Optima: Déjà Vu From the Driver Seat

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 24, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

I spent a lot of time in the driver seat of our former long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Its roomy back seat, agreeable ride and quality interior made it an easy car to keep for the weekend. Another of its highlights was the design of its clean center stack, which I always found extremely easy to use.

I'm happy to see that the multi-tiered center stack has been incorporated into the 2016 Kia Optima as well.

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2016 Kia Optima: Impressive K900-esque Interior

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 22, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It may not be covered in leather and wood, but the interior of our long-term 2016 Kia Optima feels almost as nice as our recently-departed long-term Kia K900 and that's saying a lot. Here's a picture of the K900's interior for comparison.

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2016 Kia Optima: Plenty of Room in the Back Seat

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 16, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When new long-term vehicles arrive in our fleet, I have a little routine that I go through with them. I pop the hood, check out all the storage and cubby holes, and if there's a back seat, I sit in it. I'm only 5-foot-9, so I adjust to my comfortable seating position from the driver's seat, then add a few inches to simulate someone at least six-feet tall driving the car.

Then like my father taught me in all the test-drives he did during my childhood, I sit in the back seat, ostensibly behind myself. He's six feet tall, so he called it the "six and six” test to illustrate how comfortably two six-foot tall passengers could fit in the car. I recently performed the "six and six" in our new long-term 2016 Kia Optima and although I didn't have two test subjects on hand, there was a lot of room to spare.

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2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest cargo updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Kia Optima as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Kia Optima: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Dan Frio, Vehicle Editor

2016 Kia Optima

Where Did We Drive It?
In October, we mostly drove our 2016 Kia Optima around town and on our daily commutes, with one significant exception — a round trip from California to Colorado that added more than 2,500 miles to the odometer. On that trip, Vehicle Testing Assistant Mike Massey got a good sense of what the Optima's all about. It's a car with great long-haul manners that, distilled into our typical short hauls, make the Optima a strong value and a smart daily driver.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Will the Luggage Fit?

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 15, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Will the luggage fit? To answer this question we loaded (our 2016 Kia Optima) with bags in different configurations and took photos. What constitutes carry-on luggage varies depending upon who you ask. So for the sake of standardization we used the same blue carry-on bag--size (21 x15x10 inches) and red checked bag--size (30x20x13 inches).

Take the jump for photos and more detail...

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2016 Kia Optima: Quiet and Mostly Comfortable on First Road Trip

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 25, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

A couple of weeks ago, I was sifting through our list of long-term cars, hoping to schedule one of them for an upcoming 600-mile road trip with my family. The Honda Pilot and Kia Sedona were obvious choices, but were already booked. So was our new Honda Civic. The Chevrolet Volt was available but I was worried about it not having enough trunk space. Hmm. T

Then I noticed our 2016 Kia Optima was free and clear. Family sedan for a family road trip? Sold.

And as it turned out, I should have just considered our Optima to begin with. This sedan is well-suited for long hauls.

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2016 Kia Optima: No Insider Access

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on March 8, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our long-term 2016 Kia Optima has a good-sized 15.8-cu-ft trunk that further benefits from a low and wide opening. Those rear seatback releases in the trunk are an added bonus, which means if you need to transport longer items, you won't need to climb into the rear seats to unlatch them.

A lot of manufacturers are doing this now and it's a good thing. But...

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2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest updates about comfort in our long-term road test of the 2016 Kia Optima as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Kia Optima: Monthly Update for November 2016

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor

2016 Kia Optima

Where Did We Drive It?
November started quietly enough. Our 2016 Kia Optima passed from editor to editor, connecting the dots in a series of around-town errands, until BAM! In the middle of the month, Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr and the Optima were en route to Edmunds HQ when the Kia was rear-ended.

Twice.

More on that below.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Dan Frio, Vehicle Editor

2016 Kia Optima

Where Did We Drive It?
In October, we mostly drove our 2016 Kia Optima around town and on our daily commutes, with one significant exception — a round trip from California to Colorado that added more than 2,500 miles to the odometer. On that trip, Vehicle Testing Assistant Mike Massey got a good sense of what the Optima's all about. It's a car with great long-haul manners that, distilled into our typical short hauls, make the Optima a strong value and a smart daily driver.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Prepared to Hate It

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 4, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When fleetmaster Mike Schmidt handed me the key to the 2016 Kia Optima, I didn't expect much. As the new Vehicle Testing Assistant, I was excited to drive my first car, but I've personally never been a fan of the brand based on friends who experienced multiple mechanical problems with their Kias years ago. But a night in the Optima made it clear that my head had been stuck in the sand.

Let me explain.

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2016 Kia Optima: Brakes May Be Overly Sensitive

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 30, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

This past week I took our long-term 2016 Kia Optima home for the first time since driving for its initial photo shoot. There were other cars available, but I was set to leave work right as traffic was hitting its fever pitch and I wanted something quiet, comfortable and easy to drive. If I'd remembered how touchy the brakes were I might have gone with another car.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: LX Turbo Is the One to Get

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 21, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

For the Edmunds.com long-term fleet, we usually end up testing fully-loaded vehicles so we can report how well, or poorly, most of the available features perform. The downside to this approach, however, is that we drive vehicles in trim levels that are on the narrow end of a sales bell curve.

Well, welcome to the thick part of the bell curve. Our 2016 Kia Optima is an LX Turbo. The LX is the Optima's entry-level trim, and getting the optional turbo 1.6-liter engine represents a half-step up from there. Our car also has just one option package, the Technology package. Final MSRP on our car is a budget-friendly $27,545.

Here are three reasons why the LX Turbo is a great way to go if you're shopping for an Optima.

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2016 Kia Optima: A Good Ride, So Far

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 11, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It's quiet, smooth and glides over bumps. That's my subjective review of our long-term 2016 Kia Optima's suspension so far.

After a few days around the city in the Optima, I'm really pleased with how comfortable it is. Our long-term Kia K900 had some issues once it had a full load of passengers, so I'm hoping the Optima doesn't fall victim to the same pitalls. For the time being, it seems really comfortable.

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2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest fuel economy updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Kia Optima as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Kia Optima LX: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 Kia Optima LX

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Kia Optima spent a solid chunk of December at the body shop getting repaired from last month's double rear-ender. Thankfully, when we got it back, it was as good as new and put right back into service. Senior Consumer Advice Editor Matt Jones and I were the main Optima drivers for December. Matt drove the Kia on a road trip to visit family in the San Francisco area, while I battled Los Angeles traffic commuting and visiting friends and family over the New Year's holiday. Together, we were able to test the range of the car as well as some of the safety assistance systems.

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2016 Kia Optima: August Fuel Economy Update

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on September 16, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

After a subpar July at the fuel pumps, our 2016 Kia Optima got its groove back in August. Overall, we're seeing pretty respectable fuel economy from this turbocharged family sedan, although it's still well short of the EPA combined estimate.

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2016 Kia Optima: July Fuel Economy Update - One Month Forward, Two Steps Back

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on August 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

After a two-month upswing in average lifetime fuel economy, our 2016 Kia Optima slips a bit on the efficiency scale as we close out July. The overall numerical value is back to where it was in May — 29.4 mpg — which might seem at first like a negligible change from last month's 29.8 mpg

However, with each additional month the number of data points grows, so it becomes increasingly difficult to move the needle toward the EPA combined estimate of 32 mpg. And this month we were definitely moving in the wrong direction.

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2016 Kia Optima: Overall MPG Continues To Increase

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 6, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

For the second month in a row our 2016 Kia Optima failed to reach our goal of 1,700 miles. It covered 1,200 in May and 1,500 in June. The sedan worked its way into the favor of editors living near the office and settled into the city life as a result.

One obvious downside to this trend is that the lack of mileage means less data. That extends the amount of time until we reach the Kia's combined mpg sweet spot. But there is an upside. Despite being relegated to local streets, overall fuel economy increased for the second month in a row.

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update for May — Still On an Upswing

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 13, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

May was an uneventful month for our long-term 2016 Kia Optima. We amassed about 1,200 miles by primarily commuting to the Edmunds.com offices. But even without any major road trip mileage, we recorded another month of positive gain in our Optima's lifetime fuel economy.

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update for April

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our 2016 Kia Optima's fuel economy has experienced a significant jump since we last updated you on its fuel economy, climbing nearly 4 mpg to achieve a lifetime average of 28.8 mpg. Of course, the LX 1.6T trim and its powertrain are supposed to achieve an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined, so there is still plenty of catching up to do.

As Brent Romans reported, however, he was able to achieve nearly 40 mpg on a whopping 574.7-mile tank, besting the EPA's highway estimate of 39 mpg. A few more open road adventures like that and I reckon the Optima should creep further up to its EPA combined number.

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2016 Kia Optima: Overachiever - Nearly 600 Miles and 40 MPG on One Tank

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 28, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

To date, we haven't had much good to write about our 2016 Kia Optima's fuel economy. In our most recent MPG update, we noted that our car's lifetime average was just 25 mpg.

Well, consider this update a counter to that. I just finished up a road trip where I drove 574 miles on one tank of gas. And for the trip, our Optima posted up an impressive 39.9 mpg.

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update for February - Benefit of the Doubt

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 3, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our 2016 Kia Optima is barely broken in, so we'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now. We say this because it's still returning mileage numbers well below its EPA ratings.

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update For January — Just Getting Started

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on February 29, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

Our long-term 2016 Kia Optima is just getting started with its time in our care. So far we've noticed some powertrain idiosyncrasies, praised its backseat and run it through our testing regimen.

Likewise, the Optima's fuel economy tally for January got a late start. It consists of only two fills, whereupon the silver sedan covered 617 miles and used just under 24 gallons of fuel.

Considering that its EPA combined rating is 32 mpg, is our 26.1 mpg January result a harbinger of things to come? We shall see. It's way too soon to start drawing conclusions.

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2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest performance updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Kia Optima as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Kia Optima LX: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 Kia Optima LX

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Kia Optima spent a solid chunk of December at the body shop getting repaired from last month's double rear-ender. Thankfully, when we got it back, it was as good as new and put right back into service. Senior Consumer Advice Editor Matt Jones and I were the main Optima drivers for December. Matt drove the Kia on a road trip to visit family in the San Francisco area, while I battled Los Angeles traffic commuting and visiting friends and family over the New Year's holiday. Together, we were able to test the range of the car as well as some of the safety assistance systems.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Monthly Update for November 2016

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor

2016 Kia Optima

Where Did We Drive It?
November started quietly enough. Our 2016 Kia Optima passed from editor to editor, connecting the dots in a series of around-town errands, until BAM! In the middle of the month, Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr and the Optima were en route to Edmunds HQ when the Kia was rear-ended.

Twice.

More on that below.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Dan Frio, Vehicle Editor

2016 Kia Optima

Where Did We Drive It?
In October, we mostly drove our 2016 Kia Optima around town and on our daily commutes, with one significant exception — a round trip from California to Colorado that added more than 2,500 miles to the odometer. On that trip, Vehicle Testing Assistant Mike Massey got a good sense of what the Optima's all about. It's a car with great long-haul manners that, distilled into our typical short hauls, make the Optima a strong value and a smart daily driver.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Prepared to Hate It

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 4, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When fleetmaster Mike Schmidt handed me the key to the 2016 Kia Optima, I didn't expect much. As the new Vehicle Testing Assistant, I was excited to drive my first car, but I've personally never been a fan of the brand based on friends who experienced multiple mechanical problems with their Kias years ago. But a night in the Optima made it clear that my head had been stuck in the sand.

Let me explain.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Powertrain Nitpicks

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 15, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Is a nitpick a thing? If not, I'm making it one, and I've got two of them to put on our 2016 Kia Optima's record.

One has to do with the engine, the other with the transmission. Add them up and you might have enough nitpicks to make a shopper think twice.

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2016 Kia Optima: 5 Reasons To Buy an Optima

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 7, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

For people shopping for a new 2016 midsize sedan, I could imagine the experience isn't too far removed from heading down a grocery store's cereal aisle. You thought you were going to get Cheerios, but then you notice that Raisin Bran is on sale. And didn't your friend say that she really likes Chocolate Chex? Mmm ... chocolatey. Meanwhile, at your local dealership strip: Should I get an Accord? Camry? Fusion? Malibu? Altima? Mazda 6? Sonata? Optima? Argh, paralytic indecision!

Well, based on my experience with our long-term 2016 Kia Optima, I've got five reasons why I think a potential shopper will like the Optima best.

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2016 Kia Optima: The Transmission Mode Sweet Spot

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on June 1, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our particular 2016 Kia Optima, with its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, leads the rest of the Optima lineup with an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined. We're getting almost 29 mpg, so we're close. I imagine if we committed to driving the Optima in either Normal or Eco modes, we'd reach that 32 mpg in short order.

Then again, if we committed to driving the Optima in Normal or Eco, we probably wouldn't drive it much. In Normal mode, you're in fourth gear before you've reached 40 mph and mashing the accelerator from a standstill is received more as a suggestion than an urgent command.

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2016 Kia Optima: Brakes May Be Overly Sensitive

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 30, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

This past week I took our long-term 2016 Kia Optima home for the first time since driving for its initial photo shoot. There were other cars available, but I was set to leave work right as traffic was hitting its fever pitch and I wanted something quiet, comfortable and easy to drive. If I'd remembered how touchy the brakes were I might have gone with another car.

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2016 Kia Optima: In-Town Drivability

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 14, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

After climbing out of our long-term Toyota Tacoma, I hopped in to our long-term 2016 Kia Optima, hoping for a respite of comfort and relief. I complained a bit about the Tacoma's brakes and I thought a comfy family sedan would give me the calm, isolated commute I was looking for. While it didn't disappoint in terms of comfort, the Kia did have some drivability issues I wasn't expecting.

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2016 Kia Optima: Small Engine, Big Performance

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 24, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

As you can see, the four-cylinder engine is our 2016 Kia Optima is on the small side. There's nearly a foot of empty space around it, which is unusual on a modern car.

It's visually deceptive, however, as it produces more than enough power to get this sizable sedan up to speed.

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2016 Kia Optima: LX Turbo Is the One to Get

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 21, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

For the Edmunds.com long-term fleet, we usually end up testing fully-loaded vehicles so we can report how well, or poorly, most of the available features perform. The downside to this approach, however, is that we drive vehicles in trim levels that are on the narrow end of a sales bell curve.

Well, welcome to the thick part of the bell curve. Our 2016 Kia Optima is an LX Turbo. The LX is the Optima's entry-level trim, and getting the optional turbo 1.6-liter engine represents a half-step up from there. Our car also has just one option package, the Technology package. Final MSRP on our car is a budget-friendly $27,545.

Here are three reasons why the LX Turbo is a great way to go if you're shopping for an Optima.

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2016 Kia Optima: Great Transmission for Multiple Reasons

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 15, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our 2016 Kia Optima gets many of the basics right. One example is the transmission. It not only moves through the gears smartly, the shifter itself feels good to the touch.

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2016 Kia Optima: Press the Sport Button

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 18, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Starting the 2016 Kia Optima is effectively a two-step process.

Step 1: Press Start button. Step 2: Press Drive Mode button until the word "Sport" glows yellow in the gauges.

Doing so will result in the car, and specifically the throttle and transmission, behaving like a car should. When you press the throttle, the engine responds and moves the car forward with an immediacy determined by your right foot. The transmission stays in an appropriate gear for the speed in which you're travelling.

As a bonus, the steering firms up to the point where moving it actually provides some semblance of feel for what the wheels are doing. Some semblance. Not a lot.

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2016 Kia Optima: Performance Tested

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on February 17, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Now that our long-term 2016 Kia Optima is broken in, it was time to take it to the track. We specifically ordered this model with the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and new seven-speed dual clutch and were eager to see how the combo performed.

Despite this being an eco-minded model, we hoped that this setup would prove both exciting and economical. Read on to see how it fared at its limits.

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2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest miscellaneous updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Kia Optima as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Kia Optima: Hits the 20,000-Mile Mark and Gets Its Last Service

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 30, 2017

2016 Kia Optima

With a one-month absence as the result of a debilitating accident, it's amazing the 2016 Kia Optima was close to the 20,000-mile mark less than a week before it was set to return to Kia. Before I signed it out, Mike Schmidt, our test fleet manager, asked me to knock out a few hundred miles to tip it past the 20K goal we set for all long-term cars. "No sweat," I said.

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2016 Kia Optima: 10,000 Miles Under Its Belt

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 9, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

We've cleared the 10,000-mile mark in our long-term 2016 Kia Optima. We're close to being seven months into our year-long test, which means we've got a bit of catching up to do to reach our goal of 20,000 miles before we're done. A road trip or two would get us back on schedule. Thankfully, our Optima is certainly up to the task.

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2016 Kia Optima: Humbly Does Everything You Need It To

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 25, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

I was looking over our recent updates on our 2016 Kia Optima. There hasn't much much excitement going on. We've posted some fuel updates and written some further commentary about the powertrain. Cameron noted how he loses our car in parking lots. In other words, boring. But maybe "boring" is actually good news. If you want your midsize sedan to get you through your day with a minimum of fuss, our Optima is rocking it.

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2016 Kia Optima: Easy to Lose in a Parking Lot

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on July 27, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It's safe to say that the 2011 Kia Optima helped transform Kia's image from a me-too automaker to a company that produces vehicles Americans want to own. This was largely due to sharp bodywork shaped by ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer. But despite Kia's supposed anti-beige philosophy, I think the redesigned 2016 Kia Optima takes a step backward to safer territory. At least in our tester's featureless LX trim and nondescript Sparkling Silver paint.

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2016 Kia Optima: More Power than You'll Ever Need

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on July 19, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our 2016 Kia Optima may just be the ultimate family sedan. It has a roomy cabin, a sizable trunk and plenty of storage space for small items. Further adding to the passenger-friendly atmosphere is the abundance of power ports smattered throughout the cabin. You'll never again have friends fighting over whose phone to charge first.

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2016 Kia Optima: 5 Reasons To Buy an Optima

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 7, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

For people shopping for a new 2016 midsize sedan, I could imagine the experience isn't too far removed from heading down a grocery store's cereal aisle. You thought you were going to get Cheerios, but then you notice that Raisin Bran is on sale. And didn't your friend say that she really likes Chocolate Chex? Mmm ... chocolatey. Meanwhile, at your local dealership strip: Should I get an Accord? Camry? Fusion? Malibu? Altima? Mazda 6? Sonata? Optima? Argh, paralytic indecision!

Well, based on my experience with our long-term 2016 Kia Optima, I've got five reasons why I think a potential shopper will like the Optima best.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Is a Worthwhile Feature To Get

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 3, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Back in March, Ed Hellwig wrote an update noting how the beeping of the blind-spot monitoring system in our 2016 Kia Optima could be viewed as annoying. It's a legitimate gripe, even though Ed also said he'd ultimately choose leaving the system on just for the enhanced safety. Less controversial in my mind is our car's rear cross-traffic alert system. For helping you out in crowded parking lots, it's great.

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2016 Kia Optima: Brakes May Be Overly Sensitive

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 30, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

This past week I took our long-term 2016 Kia Optima home for the first time since driving for its initial photo shoot. There were other cars available, but I was set to leave work right as traffic was hitting its fever pitch and I wanted something quiet, comfortable and easy to drive. If I'd remembered how touchy the brakes were I might have gone with another car.

See full article and comment.


2016 Kia Optima: Trash Bags Come Standard

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 26, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

This falls under "once seen, can't be unseen." Overly critical perhaps, but an automaker needs to conceal the magic a little better than this. I'm talking about these vinyl-wrapped chunks of sound deadening material wedged between the body panels of our 2016 Kia Optima.

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2016 Kia Optima: Happiness is a Hands-Free Trunk

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 16, 2015

2016 Kia Optima

It's not a new party trick, but our 2016 Kia Optima has the same nifty hands-free trunk as our former Hyundai Sonata. I forgot all about that feature from the Sonata, let alone that it existed on the Optima, until talking to a neighbor while standing around near the back of the car.

I walked out to my driveway, key in pocket, as my neighbor passed by. He said he liked the Optima's styling, which I've found is one of the first things most people say about this car. It's fun to watch their reactions when you tell them the Optima was styled by a guy who was Audi and Volkswagen's former design boss (Peter Schreyer). There's always an "a-ha" moment, as if now it all makes sense.

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2016 Kia Optima: Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 31, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It's capable of impressive range and fuel efficiency, produces plenty of power for its mass, and has a pretty large back seat. Now we also know that our 2016 Kia Optima is also one of the safest midsize sedans available, having just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ rating.

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2016 Kia Optima: LX Turbo Is the One to Get

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 21, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

For the Edmunds.com long-term fleet, we usually end up testing fully-loaded vehicles so we can report how well, or poorly, most of the available features perform. The downside to this approach, however, is that we drive vehicles in trim levels that are on the narrow end of a sales bell curve.

Well, welcome to the thick part of the bell curve. Our 2016 Kia Optima is an LX Turbo. The LX is the Optima's entry-level trim, and getting the optional turbo 1.6-liter engine represents a half-step up from there. Our car also has just one option package, the Technology package. Final MSRP on our car is a budget-friendly $27,545.

Here are three reasons why the LX Turbo is a great way to go if you're shopping for an Optima.

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update For January — Just Getting Started

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on February 29, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

Our long-term 2016 Kia Optima is just getting started with its time in our care. So far we've noticed some powertrain idiosyncrasies, praised its backseat and run it through our testing regimen.

Likewise, the Optima's fuel economy tally for January got a late start. It consists of only two fills, whereupon the silver sedan covered 617 miles and used just under 24 gallons of fuel.

Considering that its EPA combined rating is 32 mpg, is our 26.1 mpg January result a harbinger of things to come? We shall see. It's way too soon to start drawing conclusions.

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2016 Kia Optima: Déjà Vu From the Driver Seat

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 24, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

I spent a lot of time in the driver seat of our former long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Its roomy back seat, agreeable ride and quality interior made it an easy car to keep for the weekend. Another of its highlights was the design of its clean center stack, which I always found extremely easy to use.

I'm happy to see that the multi-tiered center stack has been incorporated into the 2016 Kia Optima as well.

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2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

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2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest maintenance updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Kia Optima as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Kia Optima: Hits the 20,000-Mile Mark and Gets Its Last Service

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 30, 2017

2016 Kia Optima

With a one-month absence as the result of a debilitating accident, it's amazing the 2016 Kia Optima was close to the 20,000-mile mark less than a week before it was set to return to Kia. Before I signed it out, Mike Schmidt, our test fleet manager, asked me to knock out a few hundred miles to tip it past the 20K goal we set for all long-term cars. "No sweat," I said.

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2016 Kia Optima: Monthly Update for November 2016

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor

2016 Kia Optima

Where Did We Drive It?
November started quietly enough. Our 2016 Kia Optima passed from editor to editor, connecting the dots in a series of around-town errands, until BAM! In the middle of the month, Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr and the Optima were en route to Edmunds HQ when the Kia was rear-ended.

Twice.

More on that below.

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2016 Kia Optima: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Dan Frio, Vehicle Editor

2016 Kia Optima

Where Did We Drive It?
In October, we mostly drove our 2016 Kia Optima around town and on our daily commutes, with one significant exception — a round trip from California to Colorado that added more than 2,500 miles to the odometer. On that trip, Vehicle Testing Assistant Mike Massey got a good sense of what the Optima's all about. It's a car with great long-haul manners that, distilled into our typical short hauls, make the Optima a strong value and a smart daily driver.

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2016 Kia Optima: A Quick and Affordable First Service

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 5, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

As I noted last week, we neglected to take our 2016 Kia Optima in for its first service at the prescribed 7,500-mile mark. But better late than never. I headed over to my local Kia dealer to get the oil change and tire rotation taken care of.

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2016 Kia Optima: We Forgot Something

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 30, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

We're closing in on 10,000 miles in our long-term 2016 Kia Optima. While this is all well and good, there's one small problem: we forgot to take our Optima to a dealer for its first 7,500-mile service.

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2016 Kia Optima: 17 Being Recalled Due to Airbag Defect

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 18, 2015

2016 Kia Optima

A whopping 17 2016 Kia Optimas are being recalled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "the driver's frontal airbag may be missing a chemical enhancer required for the second stage airbag deployment, resulting in the second stage deploying improperly in certain crashes."

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2016 Kia Optima: Seat Upholstery and Padding Coming Away

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 13, 2015

2016 Kia Optima

The front seat bottom edges in our 2016 Kia Optima should be tucked under and secured in some way, but they have instead popped free, making it possible to feel the padding underneath. This is the case for both the driver and passenger seats. It's not overtly noticeable, but you can definitely see that it doesn't look right. I've tried to feel around to see if there's some way to easily re-secure the bottom edge, but no dice.

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2016 Kia Optima: What Does the Warranty Include?

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on April 28, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

There's a good chance you're already aware that Kia provides one of the two best warranties in the automotive industry (the other is offered by corporate cousin Hyundai). But what does our 2016 Kia Optima's include, exactly? Well, let's find out.

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2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Kia Optima as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Kia Optima: Wrap-Up

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing on February 27, 2017

2016 Kia Optima

We decided to test a 2016 Kia Optima for one primary reason. Its 2011 redesign was such a dramatic success that we were curious whether the follow-up could continue the momentum. This time around, the exterior was essentially untouched, but the chassis, suspension and interior were new, as was a new turbocharged engine option.

In order to test the most new equipment, we skipped over the EX, SX and SXL trims and chose the LX to get the new 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. With our engine of choice, the LX 1.6T gets a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, keyless entry, heated side mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. We added the $2,600 Technology package, which added navigation, parking sonar, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control and more. The total MSRP of our 2016 Kia Optima LX 1.6T was $27,545.

Midsize sedans get plenty of work when they're in our fleet and the Optima was no different. Here are some highlights from its year of service.

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2016 Kia Optima: Hits the 20,000-Mile Mark and Gets Its Last Service

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 30, 2017

2016 Kia Optima

With a one-month absence as the result of a debilitating accident, it's amazing the 2016 Kia Optima was close to the 20,000-mile mark less than a week before it was set to return to Kia. Before I signed it out, Mike Schmidt, our test fleet manager, asked me to knock out a few hundred miles to tip it past the 20K goal we set for all long-term cars. "No sweat," I said.

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2016 Kia Optima LX: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 Kia Optima LX

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Kia Optima spent a solid chunk of December at the body shop getting repaired from last month's double rear-ender. Thankfully, when we got it back, it was as good as new and put right back into service. Senior Consumer Advice Editor Matt Jones and I were the main Optima drivers for December. Matt drove the Kia on a road trip to visit family in the San Francisco area, while I battled Los Angeles traffic commuting and visiting friends and family over the New Year's holiday. Together, we were able to test the range of the car as well as some of the safety assistance systems.

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2016 Kia Optima: Monthly Update for November 2016

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor

2016 Kia Optima

Where Did We Drive It?
November started quietly enough. Our 2016 Kia Optima passed from editor to editor, connecting the dots in a series of around-town errands, until BAM! In the middle of the month, Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr and the Optima were en route to Edmunds HQ when the Kia was rear-ended.

Twice.

More on that below.

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2016 Kia Optima: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Dan Frio, Vehicle Editor

2016 Kia Optima

Where Did We Drive It?
In October, we mostly drove our 2016 Kia Optima around town and on our daily commutes, with one significant exception — a round trip from California to Colorado that added more than 2,500 miles to the odometer. On that trip, Vehicle Testing Assistant Mike Massey got a good sense of what the Optima's all about. It's a car with great long-haul manners that, distilled into our typical short hauls, make the Optima a strong value and a smart daily driver.

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2016 Kia Optima: August Fuel Economy Update

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on September 16, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

After a subpar July at the fuel pumps, our 2016 Kia Optima got its groove back in August. Overall, we're seeing pretty respectable fuel economy from this turbocharged family sedan, although it's still well short of the EPA combined estimate.

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2016 Kia Optima: 10,000 Miles Under Its Belt

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 9, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

We've cleared the 10,000-mile mark in our long-term 2016 Kia Optima. We're close to being seven months into our year-long test, which means we've got a bit of catching up to do to reach our goal of 20,000 miles before we're done. A road trip or two would get us back on schedule. Thankfully, our Optima is certainly up to the task.

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2016 Kia Optima: A Quick and Affordable First Service

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 5, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

As I noted last week, we neglected to take our 2016 Kia Optima in for its first service at the prescribed 7,500-mile mark. But better late than never. I headed over to my local Kia dealer to get the oil change and tire rotation taken care of.

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2016 Kia Optima: We Forgot Something

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 30, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

We're closing in on 10,000 miles in our long-term 2016 Kia Optima. While this is all well and good, there's one small problem: we forgot to take our Optima to a dealer for its first 7,500-mile service.

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2016 Kia Optima: Humbly Does Everything You Need It To

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 25, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

I was looking over our recent updates on our 2016 Kia Optima. There hasn't much much excitement going on. We've posted some fuel updates and written some further commentary about the powertrain. Cameron noted how he loses our car in parking lots. In other words, boring. But maybe "boring" is actually good news. If you want your midsize sedan to get you through your day with a minimum of fuss, our Optima is rocking it.

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2016 Kia Optima: Back That Thang Up

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on August 22, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

One thing we can't seem live without these days is the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward whatever we're watching. That's true whether you're an avid consumer of cable network programming or an Amazon Prime and Netflix cord-cutter.

So why not incorporate said functionality into car audio systems? Our 2016 Kia Optima does just that.

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2016 Kia Optima: July Fuel Economy Update - One Month Forward, Two Steps Back

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on August 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

After a two-month upswing in average lifetime fuel economy, our 2016 Kia Optima slips a bit on the efficiency scale as we close out July. The overall numerical value is back to where it was in May — 29.4 mpg — which might seem at first like a negligible change from last month's 29.8 mpg

However, with each additional month the number of data points grows, so it becomes increasingly difficult to move the needle toward the EPA combined estimate of 32 mpg. And this month we were definitely moving in the wrong direction.

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2016 Kia Optima: Prepared to Hate It

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on August 4, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When fleetmaster Mike Schmidt handed me the key to the 2016 Kia Optima, I didn't expect much. As the new Vehicle Testing Assistant, I was excited to drive my first car, but I've personally never been a fan of the brand based on friends who experienced multiple mechanical problems with their Kias years ago. But a night in the Optima made it clear that my head had been stuck in the sand.

Let me explain.

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2016 Kia Optima: Easy to Lose in a Parking Lot

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on July 27, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It's safe to say that the 2011 Kia Optima helped transform Kia's image from a me-too automaker to a company that produces vehicles Americans want to own. This was largely due to sharp bodywork shaped by ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer. But despite Kia's supposed anti-beige philosophy, I think the redesigned 2016 Kia Optima takes a step backward to safer territory. At least in our tester's featureless LX trim and nondescript Sparkling Silver paint.

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2016 Kia Optima: More Power than You'll Ever Need

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on July 19, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our 2016 Kia Optima may just be the ultimate family sedan. It has a roomy cabin, a sizable trunk and plenty of storage space for small items. Further adding to the passenger-friendly atmosphere is the abundance of power ports smattered throughout the cabin. You'll never again have friends fighting over whose phone to charge first.

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2016 Kia Optima: Will the Luggage Fit?

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 15, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Will the luggage fit? To answer this question we loaded (our 2016 Kia Optima) with bags in different configurations and took photos. What constitutes carry-on luggage varies depending upon who you ask. So for the sake of standardization we used the same blue carry-on bag--size (21 x15x10 inches) and red checked bag--size (30x20x13 inches).

Take the jump for photos and more detail...

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2016 Kia Optima: Overall MPG Continues To Increase

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 6, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

For the second month in a row our 2016 Kia Optima failed to reach our goal of 1,700 miles. It covered 1,200 in May and 1,500 in June. The sedan worked its way into the favor of editors living near the office and settled into the city life as a result.

One obvious downside to this trend is that the lack of mileage means less data. That extends the amount of time until we reach the Kia's combined mpg sweet spot. But there is an upside. Despite being relegated to local streets, overall fuel economy increased for the second month in a row.

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2016 Kia Optima: Using UVO Speed Alerts and Geofencing To Find Out How Your Teenagers Are Driving

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 17, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

About a week ago, I wrote an update about the extra features contained within our 2016 Kia Optima's UVO eServices infotainment system. At the time, I couldn't quite figure out how to get the My Car Zone feature working. This is the part of UVO that allows you to create custom alerts for time, speed and location ("geofencing") if your Optima is being borrowed by your young driver. Or your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse, I suppose, if you don't trust him/her.

Well, I've since figured out how to get it to work through the car's UVO setup menu. Now it's just a matter of testing it out. I do have kids, but they're far from reaching driving age. Next best thing: me.

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2016 Kia Optima: Powertrain Nitpicks

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on June 15, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Is a nitpick a thing? If not, I'm making it one, and I've got two of them to put on our 2016 Kia Optima's record.

One has to do with the engine, the other with the transmission. Add them up and you might have enough nitpicks to make a shopper think twice.

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update for May — Still On an Upswing

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 13, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

May was an uneventful month for our long-term 2016 Kia Optima. We amassed about 1,200 miles by primarily commuting to the Edmunds.com offices. But even without any major road trip mileage, we recorded another month of positive gain in our Optima's lifetime fuel economy.

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2016 Kia Optima: What You Get With Kia UVO eServices

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 9, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

One of the main function buttons on our 2016 Kia Optima dashboard is for "UVO." Unidentified Vehicle Object, maybe? No, it's just Kia's umbrella name for various infotainment features. There are different versions of UVO based on what year and model of Kia you own, but our Optima has the latest UVO eServices with navigation. Since Kia gives you a dedicated button for it, it's surely important, right? Well, let's find out.

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2016 Kia Optima: 5 Reasons To Buy an Optima

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 7, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

For people shopping for a new 2016 midsize sedan, I could imagine the experience isn't too far removed from heading down a grocery store's cereal aisle. You thought you were going to get Cheerios, but then you notice that Raisin Bran is on sale. And didn't your friend say that she really likes Chocolate Chex? Mmm ... chocolatey. Meanwhile, at your local dealership strip: Should I get an Accord? Camry? Fusion? Malibu? Altima? Mazda 6? Sonata? Optima? Argh, paralytic indecision!

Well, based on my experience with our long-term 2016 Kia Optima, I've got five reasons why I think a potential shopper will like the Optima best.

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2016 Kia Optima: Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Is a Worthwhile Feature To Get

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 3, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Back in March, Ed Hellwig wrote an update noting how the beeping of the blind-spot monitoring system in our 2016 Kia Optima could be viewed as annoying. It's a legitimate gripe, even though Ed also said he'd ultimately choose leaving the system on just for the enhanced safety. Less controversial in my mind is our car's rear cross-traffic alert system. For helping you out in crowded parking lots, it's great.

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2016 Kia Optima: The Transmission Mode Sweet Spot

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on June 1, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our particular 2016 Kia Optima, with its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, leads the rest of the Optima lineup with an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined. We're getting almost 29 mpg, so we're close. I imagine if we committed to driving the Optima in either Normal or Eco modes, we'd reach that 32 mpg in short order.

Then again, if we committed to driving the Optima in Normal or Eco, we probably wouldn't drive it much. In Normal mode, you're in fourth gear before you've reached 40 mph and mashing the accelerator from a standstill is received more as a suggestion than an urgent command.

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2016 Kia Optima: Brakes May Be Overly Sensitive

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 30, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

This past week I took our long-term 2016 Kia Optima home for the first time since driving for its initial photo shoot. There were other cars available, but I was set to leave work right as traffic was hitting its fever pitch and I wanted something quiet, comfortable and easy to drive. If I'd remembered how touchy the brakes were I might have gone with another car.

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2016 Kia Optima: Trash Bags Come Standard

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 26, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

This falls under "once seen, can't be unseen." Overly critical perhaps, but an automaker needs to conceal the magic a little better than this. I'm talking about these vinyl-wrapped chunks of sound deadening material wedged between the body panels of our 2016 Kia Optima.

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2016 Kia Optima: Apple CarPlay Coming Soon

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 24, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Earlier this month, Kia announced that Apple CarPlay will be added to the 2016 Kia Optima. That's great news if you're considering buying one, however, current owners like ourselves are not SOL. Customers who have previously purchased a '16 Optima (or '17 Sportage) with a navigation system will be "provided with a downloadable update via myuvo.com" beginning in the third quarter.

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2016 Kia Optima: 17 Being Recalled Due to Airbag Defect

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 18, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

A whopping 17 2016 Kia Optimas are being recalled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "the driver's frontal airbag may be missing a chemical enhancer required for the second stage airbag deployment, resulting in the second stage deploying improperly in certain crashes."

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2016 Kia Optima: Happiness is a Hands-Free Trunk

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 16, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It's not a new party trick, but our 2016 Kia Optima has the same nifty hands-free trunk as our former Hyundai Sonata. I forgot all about that feature from the Sonata, let alone that it existed on the Optima, until talking to a neighbor while standing around near the back of the car.

I walked out to my driveway, key in pocket, as my neighbor passed by. He said he liked the Optima's styling, which I've found is one of the first things most people say about this car. It's fun to watch their reactions when you tell them the Optima was styled by a guy who was Audi and Volkswagen's former design boss (Peter Schreyer). There's always an "a-ha" moment, as if now it all makes sense.

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2016 Kia Optima: Seat Upholstery and Padding Coming Away

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 13, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

The front seat bottom edges in our 2016 Kia Optima should be tucked under and secured in some way, but they have instead popped free, making it possible to feel the padding underneath. This is the case for both the driver and passenger seats. It's not overtly noticeable, but you can definitely see that it doesn't look right. I've tried to feel around to see if there's some way to easily re-secure the bottom edge, but no dice.

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update for April

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our 2016 Kia Optima's fuel economy has experienced a significant jump since we last updated you on its fuel economy, climbing nearly 4 mpg to achieve a lifetime average of 28.8 mpg. Of course, the LX 1.6T trim and its powertrain are supposed to achieve an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined, so there is still plenty of catching up to do.

As Brent Romans reported, however, he was able to achieve nearly 40 mpg on a whopping 574.7-mile tank, besting the EPA's highway estimate of 39 mpg. A few more open road adventures like that and I reckon the Optima should creep further up to its EPA combined number.

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2016 Kia Optima: Better Material Than Pricier Model

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 2, 2016

 2016 Kia Optima

We had an Optima SX Turbo in the fleet a few years ago. It was pretty well-liked. At the time I took issue with some of its interior materials, specifically the black leather upholstery and steering wheel wrap. Kia called it leather anyway. I'm pretty sure it didn't originate in the animal kingdom, but rather in some polyvinyl lab experiment.

It held up fine during the year we drove the Optima, but it felt cheap for a $30,000 car and I questioned how long it would hold up over the lifespan of the car.

The upholstery in our more budget-minded 2016 Kia Optima LX 1.6T doesn't make any pretensions to be leather, fake leather or even premium cloth. I actually kind of like it more because of it.

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2016 Kia Optima: What Does the Warranty Include?

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on April 28, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

There's a good chance you're already aware that Kia provides one of the two best warranties in the automotive industry (the other is offered by corporate cousin Hyundai). But what does our 2016 Kia Optima's include, exactly? Well, let's find out.

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2016 Kia Optima: My Preferred Audio Controls

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on April 25, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

I've been shopping for a new personal car recently, and I've realized that the work advantage of driving nearly everything on the market does not necessarily make it easier when choosing a vehicle for your personal needs.

In other words, I want to build my own "hybrid" — Audi seats, BMW steering, Porsche brakes, maybe a Ferrari badge?

This evening I was again reminded of another addition to my list when I climbed behind the wheel of the 2016 Kia Optima. To me, the Optima's navigation and audio system controls are perfect.

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2016 Kia Optima: Good Tech Usability

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 20, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

I've already gone on record and said how much I like our long-term 2016 Kia Optima's interior, especially as it relates to its big brother, the K900. However, I think it's worth noting just how easy it is to learn, and use, the Optima's infotainment system, too.

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2016 Kia Optima: In-Town Drivability

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 14, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

After climbing out of our long-term Toyota Tacoma, I hopped in to our long-term 2016 Kia Optima, hoping for a respite of comfort and relief. I complained a bit about the Tacoma's brakes and I thought a comfy family sedan would give me the calm, isolated commute I was looking for. While it didn't disappoint in terms of comfort, the Kia did have some drivability issues I wasn't expecting.

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2016 Kia Optima: Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 31, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It's capable of impressive range and fuel efficiency, produces plenty of power for its mass, and has a pretty large back seat. Now we also know that our 2016 Kia Optima is also one of the safest midsize sedans available, having just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ rating.

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2016 Kia Optima: Storage Opportunities

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 30, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

I like the available interior storage in our 2016 Kia Optima. There are a couple cupholders and a few bins to work with. The setup isn't flashy, but I've found it to be pretty handy for my personal effects.

Click through to see some in-use action photos from around the interior.

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2016 Kia Optima: Overachiever - Nearly 600 Miles and 40 MPG on One Tank

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 28, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

To date, we haven't had much good to write about our 2016 Kia Optima's fuel economy. In our most recent MPG update, we noted that our car's lifetime average was just 25 mpg.

Well, consider this update a counter to that. I just finished up a road trip where I drove 574 miles on one tank of gas. And for the trip, our Optima posted up an impressive 39.9 mpg.

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2016 Kia Optima: Quiet and Mostly Comfortable on First Road Trip

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 25, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

A couple of weeks ago, I was sifting through our list of long-term cars, hoping to schedule one of them for an upcoming 600-mile road trip with my family. The Honda Pilot and Kia Sedona were obvious choices, but were already booked. So was our new Honda Civic. The Chevrolet Volt was available but I was worried about it not having enough trunk space. Hmm. T

Then I noticed our 2016 Kia Optima was free and clear. Family sedan for a family road trip? Sold.

And as it turned out, I should have just considered our Optima to begin with. This sedan is well-suited for long hauls.

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2016 Kia Optima: Small Engine, Big Performance

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 24, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

As you can see, the four-cylinder engine is our 2016 Kia Optima is on the small side. There's nearly a foot of empty space around it, which is unusual on a modern car.

It's visually deceptive, however, as it produces more than enough power to get this sizable sedan up to speed.

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2016 Kia Optima: LX Turbo Is the One to Get

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 21, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

For the Edmunds.com long-term fleet, we usually end up testing fully-loaded vehicles so we can report how well, or poorly, most of the available features perform. The downside to this approach, however, is that we drive vehicles in trim levels that are on the narrow end of a sales bell curve.

Well, welcome to the thick part of the bell curve. Our 2016 Kia Optima is an LX Turbo. The LX is the Optima's entry-level trim, and getting the optional turbo 1.6-liter engine represents a half-step up from there. Our car also has just one option package, the Technology package. Final MSRP on our car is a budget-friendly $27,545.

Here are three reasons why the LX Turbo is a great way to go if you're shopping for an Optima.

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2016 Kia Optima: Blind Spot Monitor Optional

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 17, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Why would anyone want to turn off the blind spot monitor in our 2016 Kia Optima? Turns out there are a couple reasons, but most of them aren't very good.

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2016 Kia Optima: Great Transmission for Multiple Reasons

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 15, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our 2016 Kia Optima gets many of the basics right. One example is the transmission. It not only moves through the gears smartly, the shifter itself feels good to the touch.

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2016 Kia Optima: No Insider Access

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on March 8, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our long-term 2016 Kia Optima has a good-sized 15.8-cu-ft trunk that further benefits from a low and wide opening. Those rear seatback releases in the trunk are an added bonus, which means if you need to transport longer items, you won't need to climb into the rear seats to unlatch them.

A lot of manufacturers are doing this now and it's a good thing. But...

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update for February - Benefit of the Doubt

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 3, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our 2016 Kia Optima is barely broken in, so we'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now. We say this because it's still returning mileage numbers well below its EPA ratings.

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update For January — Just Getting Started

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on February 29, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

Our long-term 2016 Kia Optima is just getting started with its time in our care. So far we've noticed some powertrain idiosyncrasies, praised its backseat and run it through our testing regimen.

Likewise, the Optima's fuel economy tally for January got a late start. It consists of only two fills, whereupon the silver sedan covered 617 miles and used just under 24 gallons of fuel.

Considering that its EPA combined rating is 32 mpg, is our 26.1 mpg January result a harbinger of things to come? We shall see. It's way too soon to start drawing conclusions.

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2016 Kia Optima: Déjà Vu From the Driver Seat

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 24, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

I spent a lot of time in the driver seat of our former long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Its roomy back seat, agreeable ride and quality interior made it an easy car to keep for the weekend. Another of its highlights was the design of its clean center stack, which I always found extremely easy to use.

I'm happy to see that the multi-tiered center stack has been incorporated into the 2016 Kia Optima as well.

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2016 Kia Optima: Impressive K900-esque Interior

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 22, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It may not be covered in leather and wood, but the interior of our long-term 2016 Kia Optima feels almost as nice as our recently-departed long-term Kia K900 and that's saying a lot. Here's a picture of the K900's interior for comparison.

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2016 Kia Optima: Press the Sport Button

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 18, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Starting the 2016 Kia Optima is effectively a two-step process.

Step 1: Press Start button. Step 2: Press Drive Mode button until the word "Sport" glows yellow in the gauges.

Doing so will result in the car, and specifically the throttle and transmission, behaving like a car should. When you press the throttle, the engine responds and moves the car forward with an immediacy determined by your right foot. The transmission stays in an appropriate gear for the speed in which you're travelling.

As a bonus, the steering firms up to the point where moving it actually provides some semblance of feel for what the wheels are doing. Some semblance. Not a lot.

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2016 Kia Optima: Performance Tested

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on February 17, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Now that our long-term 2016 Kia Optima is broken in, it was time to take it to the track. We specifically ordered this model with the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and new seven-speed dual clutch and were eager to see how the combo performed.

Despite this being an eco-minded model, we hoped that this setup would prove both exciting and economical. Read on to see how it fared at its limits.

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2016 Kia Optima: Plenty of Room in the Back Seat

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 16, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When new long-term vehicles arrive in our fleet, I have a little routine that I go through with them. I pop the hood, check out all the storage and cubby holes, and if there's a back seat, I sit in it. I'm only 5-foot-9, so I adjust to my comfortable seating position from the driver's seat, then add a few inches to simulate someone at least six-feet tall driving the car.

Then like my father taught me in all the test-drives he did during my childhood, I sit in the back seat, ostensibly behind myself. He's six feet tall, so he called it the "six and six” test to illustrate how comfortably two six-foot tall passengers could fit in the car. I recently performed the "six and six" in our new long-term 2016 Kia Optima and although I didn't have two test subjects on hand, there was a lot of room to spare.

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2016 Kia Optima: A Good Ride, So Far

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 11, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

It's quiet, smooth and glides over bumps. That's my subjective review of our long-term 2016 Kia Optima's suspension so far.

After a few days around the city in the Optima, I'm really pleased with how comfortable it is. Our long-term Kia K900 had some issues once it had a full load of passengers, so I'm hoping the Optima doesn't fall victim to the same pitalls. For the time being, it seems really comfortable.

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2016 Kia Optima: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.

We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.

For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.

Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.

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