2016 Kia Optima

2016 Kia Optima was fully redesigned for this model which will mark the beginning of the third generation of the model. Big turnaround in Optima’s life cycle was actually taken with previous redesign. It marked Optima as one of the hottest sedans in its price range. This time, changes in design lean more towards the style of Japanese automaker, rather than the German-looking Optima we were seeing so far. Besides design, 2016 Kia Optima comes with altered dimensions, and changed body structure.

2016 Kia Optima Front

2016 Kia Optima changes

First of all, new Optima is not the same size as before. Its dimensions gained few inches per every parameter, including height, weight and length. Wheelbase of the model is now 0.4-inches longer, which, combined with other inches of space, provides roomier, more comfortable interior of the model. 2016 Kia Optima also has new body structure, which made the model 150% stiffer than before.

Exterior changes, beside size, include various changed design elements. In order to make the model more aggressive, Kia slightly reshaped the model’s front grille, and matched both its design with design of its headlights, to make them blend perfectly. On the rear end, Kia also incorporated new LED taillights and pair of massive exhaust pipes. Entire look of the redesigned Optima is amended with alloy wheels (from 16 to 18 inches in diameter).

On the inside, 2016 Kia Optima features better materials overall, as well as more soft-touch surfaces. Interior embellishments include metallic accents and real stitching. Following the latest trends in the industry, dash of the sedan is simpler than before.

2016 Kia Optima Interior

2016 Kia Optima engine

2016 Kia Optima will continue to be available in five trims including LX, LX Turbo, EX, SX Turbo, and SXL. Depending on them, customers will be able to choose some of completely three engines included into the offer. First and base one is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is also added to the engine line-up for this model year. This engine will be placed under the hood of the LX trim, and will be able to deliver up to 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Second engine, available for the LX and EX trims is a 2.4-liter GDI capable to produce 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Third option is a 2.0-liter turbo with 247 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Beside 1.6-liter unit, which is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while other engines come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with or without paddle shifters, which depends on trim you opt for.

2016 Kia Optima Rear

2016 Kia Optima rivals

Main rivals for the Optima are similar sedans from its class. However, if we would have to set apart some of them, then we would say that those are Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.

2016 Kia Optima price and release date

Kia already revealed its third generation 2016 Kia Optima, at this year New York Auto Show. Its sales should start during this winter. Starting price should be similar to the current Optima which starts around $22,000.

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