The 10 Best Midsize Cars of 2016

4. 2016 Kia Optima

What’s New?

The 2016 model has been fully redesigned. It pushes the boundaries of the midsize sedan with a sleek new exterior design, more effective aerodynamics to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. New headlights that are HID, and a powerful grille demand attention whether you’re driving or sedentary! The cabin is spacious and quiet so you can enjoy  your ride in peace!

Exterior Design

The 2016 KIA Optima is available in four trim levels, the LX, SX, EX and the SLX trim levels. The LX has been engineered with 16 inch alloy wheels. The Convenience package is optional for the LX trim level and features power folding heated mirrors, an auto dimming rear view mirror and an eight-way power driver seat. A Technology package is available for the LX 1.6T trim level and features laminated front door windows, driver memory setting and an auto dimming rear-view camera.

Interior Design and Technology

The interior of the 2016 KIA Optima is not only exceedingly spacious but also highly accessible and functional. Like KIA Optima has been engineered with full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a 5 inch central display and auxiallry jacks. An optional premium package is available on the EX Premium trim level and features an 8 inch touch screen, LED interior lighting, heated and ventilated seats together with a panoramic sunroof.

Engine and Fuel Efficiency

As an all-wheel drive, the KIA Optima comes with a standard 2.4l 4-cylinder engine which delivers an estimated 185 horsepower and 178 pound per feet of torque. Alongside the 2.4l engine, a 6 speed automatic standard is also offered as standard. The EPA fuel economy for the KIA Optima is estimated at 28 mpg combined i.e. 24 city and 35 highway. Fuel Economy shows the car to use 9.4L/100 km and the DMS includes Driver Selectable Steering and Active Eco.

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Named one of 2016’s safest cars, the Optima has Antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and driver knee airbags are standard. A rearview camera is offered as standard while a 360 degree surround camera is offered as optional. Other key standard safety features include rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning system and emergency auto braking are also standard.

Posted on April 10, 2017