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2016 Kia Optima: Redefining America’s Family Sedan

Written By, NowCar Team

Challenging your notion of what a midsize should sedan look like, the best-selling brand, Kia, has updated their best-seller, the Optima, to bring you and your family first-class luxury at a practical family budgeted price. Having been updated and redesigned for its 2016 model year, updates to the powertrain, style, and warranties firmly solidify Kia’s standing in this highly competitive segment.

After taking home award after award and being internationally recognized, the Optima is leading the charge on what the future of midsize sedans should be. Let’s face it, when you’re buying a car online, you’re already committed to a future that provides better options for your lifestyle. The 2016 Kia Optima is fitting this need currently better than any other in the market. See what the future of sedans has to offer you.

Having received multiple updates for the 2016 year, the Optima has been named International Car of the Year by Road and Travel Magazine, it’s also earned Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Award beating out 300 other cars and models. Chosen for its impressive style, endless amenities and unbeatable quality, these recognitions not only solidify Optima’s standing as a true contender in the midsize sedan segment, but also showcases Kia’s commitment to providing outstanding vehicles and continued care and service.


The All-New 2016 Kia Optima


2016 Kia Optima


Already making quite the impression, the 2016 Optima is newly redesigned and updated. With only a minimal changes to the exterior, what was refreshed was done with strikingly bold style, just enough to enhance its already strong body.

To prove that the design team thought about each and every update to the interior like they were designing their ultimate car, the conveniences and creature comforts are endless. Widening the chassis to create a smooth and flawless ride also provided a more spacious cabin for the passengers which feels decadent when paired with the quilted patterned seats and natural light pouring in from the panoramic sunroof. The whole of the interior was designed to create the perfect luxurious environment for not only the driver, but the passengers as well.

Coming standard in all Optima’s are height-adjustable passenger seats and stain-resistant cloth interior. Knowing today’s progressive families have specialized needs, the Optima provides the latest in mobile capabilities offering compatibility with both Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay. So that the driver never has to take their eyes off the road, appropriately positioned controls and switchgears on both steering wheel and dashboard help keep everyone on the road safe. With safety in mind, the Optima includes a variety of features that come standard for each of its different trims that include but are not limited to: dual front seat mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, driver’s side knee airbag and rear child-safety door locks.


Kia Optima sunroof


With power and fuel efficiency top on everyone’s list as they search for new sedans, the Optima’s powertrain improvements do not disappoint. Including two turbocharged engines, all three have been updated and improved to provide the perfect balance of efficient fuel economy while giving a powerful performance.

The 1.6L turbo 4 cylinder that comes on the LX trim is mated to a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission that makes it the most confident Optima on the road today while the SX and LX offer the retuned 2.0L turbo that is mated to a six-speed and puts out 245 horsepower. The base engine is nothing shy of power offering 185 horsepower, it’s a 2.4L 4 cylinder. Though the 1.6 turbo is mated to a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission that makes it the most confident Optima on the road today.


Kelly Blue Book Gives the 2016 Optima “Best Buy Award”

Attributing this award to the Optima’s all-new design, driving dynamics, endless list of features and top quality value placed Kia’s top-seller in the highest rankings till eventually it won. To be given this such an award is telling not only about the Optima, but the brand as well. Providing top of the line 10-year/10,000 mile warranty offers a peace of mind that Kia wants their consumers to take with them. Beating out the 300 other 2016 models, the Optima winning KBB’s Best Buy Award helps propel the Kia brand into their standing as a top automotive manufacturer.


2016 Kia Optima Wins International Car of the Year

Late this fall, Road and Travel magazine, in conjunction with 2015 L.A. Auto Show voted Kia’s 2016 Optima International Car of the Year. Praising the Kia’s best-selling vehicle for its new additions and updates, the Optima is said to have won because of its aggressive design, impressive powertrain, many features and amenities as well as it’s unbeatable value. Not alone in this award, the Sorento also won an ICOTY award as well, for International SUV of the Year. Together, these two awards gave Kia their fourth consecutive ICOTY award making it not only a brand first, but an ICOTY first.

Courtney Caldwell, editor-in-chief of Road & Travel Magazine says about Kia, “We’ve never had one brand win this award four years in a row, but Kia has done it. It goes to show just how exceptional the new Kia models are, providing clear direction of where the Kia brand is headed.” She continues to dote on how impressed she is by the Kia brand, “We are near speechless at the level of progress the Kia brand has made in spite of the stiff competition. It is without a doubt the brand that gets the most ‘wows’ from our staff and is truly an industry success story that we can relate to in many ways.”

Improvements on the style, design, power and safety there is not much more one should in way of convincing that the 2016 Kia Optima is the best new affordable midsize sedan, but in case you do need a bit more, when you buy a Kia, you’re supporting American workforce. The all-new Optima is built at Kia’s plant in West Point, Georgia.
Priced in a range that any hard working American can afford, the new Kia Optima starts at $21,840 for base LX and extends up to the SX Limited coming in a $35,790.