The Optima is a vehicle that has played a major role in making Kia a brand that has become highly respected.
It would be easy for the Koreans to stand pat and allow the Optima midsize sedan to keep doing its thing.
But, as they have done with their other models in the lineup, Kia has tried, and succeeded, in making the new 2016 Optima even better than the last!
Learn more about the new Kia midsize sedan, by reading our buyer’s guide below.
1. 2016 Optima grows in size
The 2016 Kia Optima has been designed to be larger and slightly lighter, whilst also having a more rigid frame that will allow the vehicle to deliver improved ride and handling.
It will also ensure that the driver sits in a cabin that is both quiet and comfortable.
There is a slight increase in length, height, and width, and a small lengthening of the wheelbase.
What all of that creates is a cabin that delivers plenty of space in both front and back.
2. 2016 Optima exterior design
When you look at the exterior of the 2016 Optima, you can’t help but see the influence of modern architecture.
The headlight are swept back and buried deep within the fenders.
The SX and SXL trim levels come with a hot-stamped grille thare bears more than a passing resemblance to the grille found on other higher grade Kia vehicles such as the new Sorento crossover or Cadenza near-luxury sedan.
Alloy-wheels can be in the 16- to 18-inch range, and drivers have the option of adding bi-functional HID headlights that can “see” around corners.
3. New Kia Optima interior
On the inside, soft-touch materials are used throughout the cabin.
The dash and doors ar home to real stitching, and there are metallic touches used in varying degrees depending on the trim.
The design of the controls, dashboard, and center console have been done with the driver in mind. The layout creates a feeling of space that simply wasn’t there before.
As mentioned earlier, there is a lot more space in the 2016 Optima than any other version.
Even the tallest passengers will be comfortable in front and back, with leg, shoulder, and head room to spare.
The front seats are heated and ventilated, and are made available in cloth, leather, or Nappa leather, once again depending on the trim level.
4. Available trim levels for 2016
There are 5 different trim levels – LX, LX Turbo, EX, SX Turbo, SXL – to choose from, as well as a few different powertrains.
5. Optima Engine Range
There are three fuel efficient 4-cylinder engines to choose from:
- 1.6-liter GDI turbo 4-cylinder!
- 2.4-liter GDI 4-cylinder
- 2.0-liter GDI 4-cylinder turbo
The 1,6L turbocharged engine is all-new, while the latter two are the same units as found on the outgoing model (both have been revised for the 2016 model year, though!).
The 1.6-liter turbo engine cranks out 178-horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque at a mere 1,500 rpm.
The engine is mated to Kia’s new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which helps the car delivering excellent fuel economy.
The 2.4-liter engine can be found in the LX and EX trim levels, delivering 185-hp and 178 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 2.0-liter turbo is expected to generate about 247-hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.
The numbers delivered are a little less than before, but Kia claims that this was done to improve fuel economy.
They have also worled hard to improve steering response and handling, all of which creates a better driving experience.
6. On-Sale date (USA, Canada)
Kia of USA has revealed it plans to commence the sales of their new midsize sedan during the third quarter of this year!
You can expect the first vehicles to hit the Kia dealerships in your area in September.
7. 2016 Optima Pricing
Kia has yet to officially announce pricing for the 2016 Kia Optima, but expect it to be in the $22,000 to $28,000 range.