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The Optima has been a staple in the Kia lineup since it first rolled off the assembly line back in 2000.
The mid-size four-door sedan has always been one of Kia’s best-selling vehicles, and what started out as a variation of the Hyundai Sonata, has morphed into a unique vehicle that stands strong on its own.
Since 2000, the Optima has seen several revisions, and the 2016 model year marks the beginning of the fourth generation for the sedan. Kia did not cut corners when they set out to redesign the Optima, and it shows.
From the brand new turbocharged engine option, to the completely redesigned interior and exterior, the fourth generation of the Optima is making waves in the automotive industry.
Drivers will appreciate the amount of technology that Kia packed into the new Optima, bringing the evolution of the popular sedan full circle with the 2016 Kia Optima.
The 2016 Kia Optima is seeing drastic changes in every possible way. The exterior, interior, and under the hood have all been updated in impressive ways.
One of the most talked about update for the 2016 Optima, is the addition of a turbocharged engine to its lineup. The Optima was previously offered with either a 2.4-liter engine with 192 horsepower, or a 2.0-liter engine featuring 274 horsepower.
Both engines have performed well in the past, and Kia is still making those available for the 2016 model year. Along with the two previous engines, the 2016 Kia Optima is also being offered with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and 178 horsepower.
The new turbocharged engine with seven-speed dual clutch transmission is the first of its kind available on a Kia vehicle. The engine gives the Optima a more sporty feel, all while delivering an excellent fuel economy. Each of the 2016 Optima engines result in front wheel drive vehicles.
The 2016 Kia Optima also offers high-quality Michelin tires on all five trim levels, which previous model years did not feature.
Kia engineers worked hard to develop a new body for the Optima, made of high-tensile strength steel alloys. The new body sits on a new chassis that is more durable due to the use of Advanced High Strength Steel.
The result is a vehicle that is lighter in weight than its predecessor, delivering better overall fuel economy, and offers better crash protection, driving dynamics, and a noticeably quieter ride.
Everything about the 2016 Kia Optima is reinvented. While the vehicle is still recognizable from previous generations, the 2016 model year of the sedan features a contemporary exterior design.
Inspired by European design, the all-new Optima was designed with increased exterior dimensions that make the sedan slightly taller, longer, and wider.
The result is a roomier cabin, allowing drivers and passengers increased head room, rear seat legroom, and shoulder room. Drivers will also appreciate the increased cargo capacity that the new dimensions allow for.
The 2016 Optima also represents Kia’s first employment of bi-functional HID headlights, with optional dynamic bending lamps and high beam assist. This technology is a luxury advanced safety feature that will help keep Optima drivers and passengers safe, no matter how dark the road becomes.
Drivers have more choices than ever, with three new exterior colors added to the 2016 Optima’s options to choose from. Everything about the exterior of the 2016 Optima is new and exciting, and the interior of the sedan is no different.
With the added interior space, designers of the 2016 Kia Optima were able to fully equip the vehicle’s cabin with more features than ever before.
Check out what the 2016 Optima features within its cabin, that gives it more of a luxury feel.
Using more of this technology throughout the cabin, drivers and passengers will be more comfortable within the 2016 Optima than previous generations. Featuring real stitching along the dash and doors, and metallic accents, the Optima is a luxury vehicle through and through.
Simplistic Design for Increased Space
Every bit of the Optima was optimized for space. The cleaner, more unified design allows for a wider center console, which in turn allows for a greater sense of space.
Comfort is King
Comfort was top priority when designing the interior of the 2016 Optima. A stiffer seat frame allows for reduced vibration, while the soft foam in the headrest allows for a noticeably smoother ride. Upper back and thigh support, deep side bolsters, and heated / ventilated seats all work together to create the most comfortable seats the Optima has ever seen.
The height-adjustable front passenger seat is available on the Optima, and is a feature typically reserved for the premium vehicle market.
The 2016 Kia Optima pulls out all of the stops when it comes to in-vehicle technology. Packed full of the most cutting-edge technology available, the Optima is much more than simply a vehicle.
Whether the technology works to keep drivers and passengers safe, keep them connected, or simply keep the tunes on while driving, the 2016 Optima has it.
Check out all of the standard and optional technological features that the all-new Optima available:
Kia’s connectivity system, UVO, comes standard on the Optima along with Geo-Fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert, and Driving Score. Each of these technologies works to help the driver understand driving habits, and keep them safe on the road.
Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
The first vehicle to feature these cutting-edge features, the 2016 Optima will have the ability to allow drivers to access advanced technology features from their smartphones through these platforms. The in-vehicle 8-inch touchscreen will display the smartphone’s features.
Infinity Premium Audio System
This 14-speaker system features Clari-Fi technology, QuantumLogic Surround technology, and a 630-watt digital amplifier. Listening to music will never be the same.
More Available Technology
For added convenience, Kia offers the following convenience and safety technologies with the Optima’s different trim levels.