- Body Type: Sedan
- Drive: FWD
- 36 Months
- Torque: 178 ft-lbs.
- Year: 2016
- Engine Size: 2.4L
- Transmission: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Gas
- Cylinders: 4
- Horsepower: 185 hp
- EPA Mileage (CTY/HWY): 24/35 mpg
2016 Kia Optima Overview
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.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The LX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split rear seatback, a rearview camera, a 5-inch central display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.
The LX’s optional Convenience package adds an eight-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), laminated (i.e., quieter) front door windows, power-folding heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and driver memory settings. Also included are a few safety features, including a blind-spot monitor, rear parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert.
2016 Kia Optima Driving Impression/Review
The prevailing theme of the 2016 Kia Optima’s driving experience is isolation. On one hand, this is a good thing, as the Optima exhibits a near-total lack of outside noise at cruising speed. The new chassis, extensive sound deadening and the optional laminated front windows do a remarkable job of keeping road, wind and tire noise at bay. Conversing at highway speeds requires little more than a whisper to carry your voice throughout the cabin.