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 now it comes with more substance. Why is it that some cars fly under the radar? You think more people would know about a certain vehicle and embrace its goodness.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say


JOHN R., CA (2016 Kia Optima)

"The car handles well for a mid size sedan. Acceleration is adequate but the transmission could be smoother from stopped or low speed."

WILLIAM A., FL (2016 Kia Optima)

"Great acceleration and handling. powerful 4 cylinder turbo."

GERALD W., NC (2016 Kia Optima)

"Unsure of the 7 speed trans on take-off as yet."

RICHARD C., NY (2016 Kia Optima)

"This is the first 4 cylinder I've purchased or leased in the past 15 years and those were of a sport car Mazda mx5 (2),BMW Z3&4 (2) and Mazda RX7 and RX8 (2) rotary engines. The quietness, the responsiveness and gas efficiency is beyond my expectations. The twin turbo is outstanding with little or no turbo lag unless driving in eco mode which is understanding. Regular and sport mode are extremely impressive with the shift paddles a genuine bonus great fun should be great reliability as I've owne"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Kia Optima)

"Very composed and quiet ride. Strong acceleration (turbo SXL model). Handles well for a large car. Most of weight is at front so natural tendency to understeer. Thick glass/adhesives help to reduce interior cabin noise."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Kia Optima)


Anonymous, AZ (2016 Kia Optima)

"Fantastic economy for a sedan coupled with exhilarating performance. The ride is super quiet, agile with lots of room for four adults. Luggage space is a little cramped however I understand the 2017 model has resolved that issue."

ALLAN T., BC (2016 Kia Optima)

"When accelerating from a dead stop the car hesitates"

JOHN G., NY (2016 Kia Optima)

"Three modes: Sport, Normal, Eco. Spirited acceleration in Sport mode. Great MPG in Eco mode. Handles wonderfully in any mode."

GARY W., CA (2016 Kia Optima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The driver's seat has lumbar control; the ride is extremely quiet on the highway and in city; acceleration is quick. The side windows in back have a "peep" hole thus cutting down on blind spots.The one drawback I have is the vent on the driver side is limited in movement thus decreasing airflow."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Kia Optima)

"This car is great but it's very loud when driving on the freeway. But, i love when the air is at full blast and I go to make a call the air drops down to cut the in car noise. Nice feature."

BUTCH L., AZ (2016 Kia Optima)

"Seats are extremely comfortable. Very little wind noise. Ride is plush."

GARY W., CA (2016 Kia Optima)

"The seats cool very fast. Seats are comfortable."

GEOFFREY S., TX (2016 Kia Optima)

"Roomier and quieter than my Forte was."

RICHARD C., NY (2016 Kia Optima)

"Seats very comfortable - air conditioned and heated"

JOHN F., VA (2016 Kia Optima)

"some noise inside. can hear road noise"

JOSEPH D., CA (2016 Kia Optima)

"seats are just a little hard, fan control switch is pretty cheap, AC blows very cold air, despite small size, rides pretty nice on highway"

DAVID C., TX (2016 Kia Optima)

"very comfortable fit to the body....great for short and long distance driving"

ERIC L., GA (2016 Kia Optima)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I am more satisfied with my Kia than any other vehicle that I have owned or driven during the years of my life von this planet."

JOHN R., CA (2016 Kia Optima)

"Great car, great value, great comfort. I love this car."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Kia Optima)

"Good value"

JOSEPH D., CA (2016 Kia Optima)

"This offer excellent features for the money you pay."

EUGENIO V., FL (2016 Kia Optima)

"Kia was offering significant financing incentive - 0% financing for 66 months, they make the first two payments (up to $1000), three months of deferred payments. In addition, I was able to get the car for approximately $5000 under MSRP."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Kia Optima)

"I got good value for all that's included with this car."

DEANNA M., PA (2016 Kia Optima)

"got less paid more for this model year"

PETER H., SC (2016 Kia Optima)

"My second lease for Kia Optima great value for the money. The dealer was less than what I expected taking 6 months to resolve the early buy back on the lease. Kia Finance was no help in resolving the issue"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Kia Optima)

"The EX model I purchased came with heated/ventilated seats, blind spot warning and rear camera with cross traffic warning all of which I find very valuable, and it didn't require an over-priced additional package."

R G., NY (2016 Kia Optima)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Love the styling except the area in front of the passenger. Far too plain. Just a big rectangle of black vinyl. No curves or styling of any kind. Just a big, black, vinyl rectangle. Love everything else, both external and internal."

FERRIS S., MO (2016 Kia Optima)

"I like the styling."

DEANNA M., PA (2016 Kia Optima)

"Very, very sleek, good-looking car"

R M., TX (2016 Kia Optima)

"The accent colors work well and look good."

GEOFFREY S., TX (2016 Kia Optima)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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