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Riding on an all-new chassis shared with the Hyundai Sonata, the redesigned 2016 Optima midsized sedan packs a lot of substance and value. It drives nicely, with a firm yet absorbent ride and responsive, secure handling. The mainstream 2.4-liter four-cylinder is pleasant, while the uplevel 2.0-liter turbo four packs more punch. New to the line is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. At around $26,000 the EX trim features comfortable leather seats, automatic climate control, a roomy rear seat, and heating for the seats and steering wheel. We got 28 mpg with the 2.4-liter. Low-positioned dash vents are our only gripe. The latest version of Kia's UVO touch-screen infotainment system works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A hybrid is also available.

See Reliability page for the latest 2016 Kia Optima recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2010.

Road Test

Kia has been offering buyers competent, stylish cars at prices that undercut rivals. But that low price came at the expense of refinement. As with the Sorento last year, the 2016 Optima shows that Kia has turned a corner. It still looks great, and no...

Highs

  • More stylish than the typical mid-sized sedan
  • Lots of equipment for the money

Lows

  • Not as reliable as a Toyota Camry, Subaru Legacy, or Honda Accord
  • Fuel-economy falls short of the best in the class

Best Version to Get

We think the sweet spot is the EX trim; it gives you upscale features like leather seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, driver's seat memory, and dual automatic climate control for less than $26,000. However, we're frustrated that you can't get advanced safety equipment, like forward-co...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (178 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (245 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (185 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 hybrid (199 hp)