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Starting at
$29,940
EPA - est City/Hwy
22/32
Engine
2.0L inline4
Seats
5
Power
245 hp




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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.



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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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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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2016 Kia Optima


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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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2016 Kia Optima


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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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2016 Kia Optima


Build Quality
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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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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
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    Motor Trend

SX Turbo / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.8 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.2 sec @ 94 mph
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LX 1.6T / FWD / 7A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.5 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.8 sec @ 90.1 mph
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LX 1.6T / FWD / 7A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.3 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.8 sec @ 92 mph
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    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
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  • 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

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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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2016 Kia Optima Features


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

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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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2016 Kia Optima Problems Report:


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  • 2016 Kia Optima Reviews
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