The second generation Kia Optima was launched in Malaysia on August 15, 2007 powered by a 2. In addition to the two engines I tested, there's also a 185-hp, 2. Kia said it reworked the chassis to include a different mix of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel, and it altered the Optima's suspension geometry and components to improve the chassis dynamics. It shares a platform with the 2015 , and offers a new design, with new features and enhancements. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the carefully. However, there are better hybrid options. The carry-overs are a 2.
Those in need of more power and better fuel economy can go for the 1. Pushing out 178 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a stout 195 lb. For added convenience, the 2016 Optima offers a height-adjustable front passenger seat, a feature normally found only in premium vehicles. The all-new Optima is available with three engine choices, striking a performance balance between sportiness and fuel efficiency. Easy calling, music control, text sending and receiving, and navigation can be accomplished without drivers taking their eyes off the road.
The basic audio and climate controls are very straightforward. Kia Racing finished the season with 13 podium finishes, including 5 race wins. A five-speed manual transmission is standard in the base model, and a five-speed automatic is included with mid- and high-end levels or as an option in the base model. Safety The 2016 Kia Optima had not been crash-tested by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as of publication. Overall, the chassis is lighter and stiffer, resulting in improved steering response, high-speed stability and handling. Two four-cylinder turbocharged engines are available: one with 178 horsepower, and the other with 245 horsepower.
Larger cross-member bushings are utilized to help isolate road and engine noise, as well as reducing engine vibration through the floor and steering wheel. Two engines have carried over from the previous Optima model and have been joined by a highly-advanced 1,6L turbo unit for the 2016 model year. Both changes enable a roomier and more comfortable cabin with more head room, shoulder room and rear seat leg room. Until then, check back here at the for more information on all things Kia. Improving ride and handling was a top priority for engineers. Depending on trim level, the seats are covered in cloth, leather or luxurious Nappa leather and two new interior colors — a rich merlot and a dark aubergine — are available. What are the 2016 Kia Optima Trims and Features? We analyzed 19 professional evaluations for this 2016 Kia Optima review to help you make an informed buying decision.
The new K5 was released in the South Korean market on April 29, 2010. How Much Is the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid? Experience tells me that's not a button I use with any great frequency in my day-to-day driving, though, so that doesn't bug me. However, the sloping roofline cuts into rear headroom, making the back seat a squeeze for taller passengers. Kia has recently announced that 2016 Kia Optima and will be compatible with Apple CarPlay as well. During its first month in the market sold 524 units. The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid is part of a generation that spans the 2011 through 2016 model years.
Any future third-party apps that are added by either Android or Apple will be available for customers to enjoy from their respective app store. Available active safety features include rear parking sensors, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and a surround-view monitor. Under the hood, Kia played the fuel economy game. While I didn't like some of the interior design choices, and I wasn't blown away by the newest engine, nothing in what I saw suggests Kia has screwed up the Optima. How Much Does the 2016 Kia Optima Cost to Own? Still looks as modern and up to date as it did when it was launched.
To sense the improvements, you really need to drive it. The center controls are canted toward the driver, but not so far that I couldn't easily adjust the climate controls or read the navigation screen from the passenger seat. Where Was the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid Built? The grille finishes are different on the 2016, and they vary depending on trim. The third generation Kia Optima is built and manufactured in , which began in 2011 with the 2012 model. Which Used Kia Optima Hybrid Model Is Right for Me? To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.
Friendly Kia is located in New Port Richey, Florida, and we serve the area from Spring Hill and Trinity to the greater Tampa-St. Looking for better fuel economy? I could look at those cars all day. The cleaner design of the center stack, now sporting fewer buttons and knobs, helps improve this feeling. The Optima Hybrid uses the , combining a 2. Some might prefer the Kia because it has one of the nicer interiors in the segment and a more user-friendly infotainment system. However, the Mazda6 has nimble handling and great fuel economy for the midsize class.
Money saved at the pump by utilizing the most efficient routes to your destinations. All three engines channel energy through the front wheels. The Optima name is now going to be used for all markets except , where they will also use the South Korean market name. The trunk is a good size and wide, but it isn't the deepest opening from front to back in the class. In Australia, the Magentis was introduced in August 2006, and replaced the Optima. Significant changes over this generation include updates to the hybrid system for 2013, which yielded better acceleration and smoother transmission operation. Thanks to these modifications, the front fascia is more aggressive.