2016 Kia Optima

MSRP $22,140

Ranked #3 in Sedan

8.7

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2016 Kia Optima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Kia Optima has been in the market for six years now and it replaced the older Kia Credos, the brand’s first-ever self-developed mid-size family sedan. Being a successor, the Optima offered a lot for the price and was essentially a rebadged Hyundai Sonatasedan. The Optima entered into its fourth-generation model in 2015 with a complete redesign. 

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Pros

Spacious and practical cabin

Excellent NVH levels

User-friendly infotainment system

A feature-rich cabin

Cons

Cramped rear-seat headroom

Excessively sensitive steering 

A disconnected driving feel

What's New?

Completely redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22140

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

152 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

178 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

110.4 in.

length

191.1 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

3219 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/35 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$22,140 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Kia Optima in Aurora Black color
Aurora Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.3

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.9

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.7

Overall Rating


For the 2016 model year as mentioned earlier, the Optima gets redesigned and adapts to the new design language taken up by Kia. With the update, the sedan gets three new engine choices and ranks as a hot-sedan in the highly competitive midsize sedan segment. The price starts at $22,140 and goes all the way up to $36,040. In the segment, the car competes with the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and the Nissan Altima.


9.5/10
Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.3/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety


2016 Kia Optima Features

9.5/10

The 2016 Kia Optima is offered in five trim levels which are LX, LX Turbo, EX, SX Turbo, and SXL Turbo. The sedan gets three engine options, a single transmission option, and a standard FWD drivetrain layout. The price of the base LX trim starts at $22,140 and offers a decent list of features for the price tag. The LX Turbo gets a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged motor with similar power but higher torque output for enhanced performance at an affordable price. The EX trim offers some premium features generally found on slightly higher-end cars such as a heated steering wheel, full leather upholstery, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Both the SX Turbo and the SXL Turbo get the most powerful engine and get a performance-oriented suspension setup. Moreover, the top two trims get the very best when it comes to premium and luxury features.

Trims

LX

LX Turbo

EX

SX Turbo

SXL Turbo

MSRP

$22,140

$24,140

$25,140

$29,940

$36,040

Key Features

16.0-inch alloy wheels

LX trim plus:

LX Turbo trim plus:

EX trim plus:

SX Turbo trim plus:

 

Cruise control

Turbocharged 1.6-liter motor

17.0-inch alloy wheels

Bigger turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 motor

Premium leather upholstery

 

Full power accessories

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

LED DRLs

Dual exhaust tips

Exterior chrome trims

 

Driver’s seat with six-way power adjustments

Laminated front door windows

Heating function for the steering wheel

18.0-inch alloy wheels

All the optional features of the previous trims are offered as standard

 

Rake and reach adjustable steering wheel

Power-folding ORVMs with heating function

LED interior lights

A stiffer sport-tuned suspension setup

 

 

Rear seats with 60/40 split-folding seatbacks

Keyless entry and ignition system

Full leather upholstery

Ambient interior lighting

 

 

Reverse camera

 

10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system

LED taillights

 

 

Six-speaker audio system with CD Player

 

Auto-dimming IRVM

Adaptive Xenon headlights

 

 

Satellite radio

 

Blind Spot Monitoring system(optional)

Bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen display

 

We recommend

We would recommend the LX Turbo trim for a wholesome experience with the sedan at an attractive price. The EX trim is best suited for those who seek a feature-rich daily driver.

2016 Kia Optima Engine and Performance

8.1/10

Kia offers a choice of three engines with its Optima sedan and the most common one is the base variant. The 2016 Kia Optima engine is a 2.4-liter Theta II GDi I-4 motor developing about 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of maximum torque. This engine powers only the base LX and the EX trim levels of the sedan. Even though it is an entry-level motor, the power figures are quite commendable when compared side-by-side with the rivals. The overall refinement levels are acceptable since the motor tends to get coarse at higher rpm. The standard 6-speed automatic transmission delivers all the power to the front wheels of the vehicle as standard. The 0-60mph time is decent at 8.2 seconds while the standing quarter-mile comes up within 16.4 seconds.

Model

Kia Optima LX

Ford Fusion S

Hyundai Sonata Base

Nissan Altima Base

MSRP

$22,140

$23,135

$22,135

$23,365

Engine

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power

185 hp @ 6,000 rpm

175 hp @ 6,000 rpm

185 hp @ 6,000 rpm

182 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.2

8.8

8.2

8.2

Quarter-mile (sec)

16.4

16.6

16.4

16.4

Top Speed (mph)

139

135

138

140

The Ford Fusion is the least powerful competitor here but only by a small margin despite getting a marginally bigger 2.5-liter motor. The Hyundai Sonata is the mechanical twin of the Kia Optima hence its power and performance stats are identical with the latter. The Nissan Altima has similar performance figures as compared to the Hyundai siblings. Its CVT unit is not as refined or energetic as the 6-speed automatic units found on the rest of its rivals here. Notably, the Ford is the slowest option in the segment, while both the Nissan and Hyundai manage similar timings as the Kia in both the tests.

2016 Kia Optima Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2016 Kia Optima gas mileage numbers are commendable in comparison to its segment rivals. With the base engine under its hood, the sedan returns a healthy 24mpg of city mileage along with an impressive 35mpg of highway mileage. The combined mileage is rated at 28mpg. The sedan comes with a big 18.5-gallon gas tank which translates to some impressive driving range numbers.

Model

Kia Optima LX

Ford Fusion S

Hyundai Sonata Base

Nissan Altima Base

MPG (City)

24

22

25

27

MPG (Highway)

35

34

38

39

MPG (Combined)

28

26

30

31

Fuel Capacity (gal)

18.5

16.5

18.5

18.0

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

444 / 648 / 518

363 / 561 / 429

463 / 703 / 555

486 / 702 / 558

The Ford Fusion is the least fuel-efficient offering here and disappoints since its performance stats are also the lowest among the rivals here. The Hyundai Sonata is surprisingly more fuel-efficient than its sibling averaging 30 MPG, and also offers more driving range. The Nissan Altima makes full utilization of its CVT unit and takes the crown of being the most fuel-efficient sedan here. It also offers the highest city, highway, and combined driving range numbers of 486, 702, and 555 miles, too.

2016 Kia Optima Interior

9.3/10

The 2016 Kia Optima interior comes in a decently-equipped state right from the base trim, making it one of the best value for money sedans in the segment. The interior gets a new design and the sedan gets that much-needed modern appeal. The dashboard design is a bit driver-focused with all the controls within the reach of the driver. The infotainment display is aligned towards the driver too and the new gauge cluster units look better than before. The steering wheel gets a new three-spoke design with controls mounted on it for convenience. The front seats offer decent comfort levels and are spacious even for tall adults. The rear seats are spacious too but the roofline restricts the headroom for tall adults. The cabin gets adequate storage cubbies for day-to-day practicality and the rear seats can be folded in a 60/40 ratio to increase the trunk space. By default, the trunk space on offer is 15.9 cu-ft.

Model

Kia Optima LX

Ford Fusion S

Hyundai Sonata Base

Nissan Altima Base

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.8 / 58.1 / 45.5

39.2 / 57.8 / 44.3

40.4 / 57.9 / 45.5

40.0 / 56.5 / 45.0

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

37.8 / 56.4 / 35.6

37.8 / 56.9 / 38.3

38.0 / 56.5 / 35.6

37.1 / 56.4 / 36.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

15.9

16.0

16.3

15.4

The Ford Fusion’s interior looks quite dated as compared to the Kia Optima’s cabin and lacks some features too but it offers better space for the rear seat passengers as compared to the Optima. The Hyundai Sonata’s interior has some mild similarities with its sibling, the Optima, but it lacks the driver-oriented touch of the latter. It offers more headroom at the front but its rear-seat space is identical to the Optima as well. The Nissan Altima has a classy interior design but feels quite dated as compared to the Optima like the Ford Fusion. But the Altima also offers a more spacious cabin like the Fusion. In terms of cargo space, it is difficult to distinguish between the sedans due to the diminutive differences, yet statistically, the Hyundai with 16.3 cu.-ft of space can be coined as the winner.

Some interior features include:

  • Full power accessories
  • Six-way power-adjustable driver seat 
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Driver memory settings(optional)
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2016 Kia Optima’s infotainment unit?

The 2016 Kia Optima gets a 5-inch infotainment display with the base trim while the EX trim gets a bigger 8-inch touchscreen display. Both the systems run on Kia’s UVO interface that is quite easy to use along with a user-friendly layout. The fluidity of the interface will surprise you and it offers almost all the basic infotainment features as well.

Some of the Infotainment features are:

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen display with UVO Infotainment system
  • 6-speaker Audio System with CD player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • HD Radio

2016 Kia Optima Exterior

9.0/10

The 2016 Kia Optima exterior design looks even better and more appealing with the new redesign. The front end now has more aggressive styling with Kia’s new tiger grille design. The sharp styling cues on the front bumper and the sleeker headlamp units make the car quite a looker. The roofline of the sedan tapers to quite an extent at the rear that restricts the headroom inside the cabin. On the other hand, this slanting roof design makes for a swept-back design, making the Optima look sportier than before.

Model

Kia Optima LX

Ford Fusion S

Hyundai Sonata Base

Nissan Altima Base

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,219

3,431

3,252

3,197

Length (in)

191.1

191.7

191.1

191.9

Width (in)

73.2

72.9

73.4

72.0

Height (in)

57.7

58.1

58.1

57.8

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

6.4

5.3

5.4

Wheelbase (in)

110.4

112.2

110.4

109.3

The Ford Fusion’s design looks dated too as its interior. Despite that, the design has a distinct muscular appeal to its making it look like a true American sedan. Like its interior, the Hyundai Sonata also needs an update regarding its exterior as well since it looks dated in front of the Optima’s all-new appearance. The Nissan Altima is one of the best-looking sedans in the segment after the Optima. Its front end looks quite intuitive with an interesting grille design and the sedan gets an overall sporty design theme as well.

Some exterior features are:

  • LED Brakelights
  • Power-folding and heated ORVMs
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Adaptive xenon headlights
  • Chrome Door Handles and Bodyside Insert
  • 18-inch Chrome Alloy Wheels

2016 Kia Optima Safety

9.9/10

Vehicles from Kia are generally excellent when it comes to offering safety at an affordable price. The all-new Kia Optima is even better than the previous generation’s model, bagging a full 5-star rating from the NHTSA and the “Top Safety Pick+” award from the IIHS as well. Moreover, the sedan comes with some optional advanced safety techs such as lane departure warning, a 360-degree surround-view camera, and a forward collision warning and intervention system among other features.

Some Safety Features are:

  • Electronic Stability Control and Driveline Traction Control
  • Rear Parking Sensors with 360-degree camera
  • Rear Cross-traffic alert system
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
  • Forward Collision Mitigation 

2016 Kia Optima Final Verdict

With the new design and mechanical upgrades for the fourth generation, the Optima has become one of the best offerings in the segment. It has a stylish cabin with a handsome list of features, advanced safety techs as options, and an interesting lineup of powertrains to suit almost every buyer’s needs. Overall, the updated Optima poses as a better alternative to its rivals such as the Ford Fusion or the Nissan Altima.

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