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New for 2016: Kia

New for 2016: Kia

By Philly Murtha, December 06, 2015


The Kia brand is the sibling of South Korea’s Hyundai nameplate. Kia has been considered the sporty, less expensive brand, while Hyundai has been thought of as the larger, mass-market refined brand by auto enthusiasts. For 2016, some Kia models have received new value-conscious trim levels in addition to packages that include more connectivity, higher-end audio, advanced safety systems, sporty and luxury attributes, and new wheel designs.

Following is an overview of new or updated features for each 2016 Kia model:



2016 Kia Cadenza photo2016 Kia Cadenza

  • New entry trim level added below Premium and Limited that features 18-in. alloy wheels, new headlight systems, navigation, 8-in. color touch screen, and integrated rear camera
  • Navigation is standard for all trim levels
  • Standard panoramic sunroof on Premium trim level
  • New Silky Silver exterior paint option for Limited trim level
  • Luxury Plus option package gains blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert technology




2016 Kia Forte photo2016 Kia Forte Sedan

  • Four new colors for Forte LX: Clear White, Silky Silver, Steel Blue, and Crimson Red
  • Remote keyless entry standard on LX
  • LX Popular package is available
  • New 3.0B audio system added
  • Rear-camera display on LX, EX
  • EX equipped with 17-in. alloy wheels
  • EX Premium package adds navigation




2016 Kia Forte5 photo2016 Kia Forte5

  • New LX trim level
  • Keyless entry standard on LX
  • Rear camera display on LX, EX, and SX trim levels
  • EX trim level equipped with 17-in. alloy wheels
  • Optional LX Popular Plus package adds cruise control, 16-in. alloy wheels, UVO eServices information system, and rear camera display
  • EX Premium package adds navigation system
  • New 3.0B audio system




2016 Kia K900 photo2016 Kia K900

  • 2016 model-year information not yet available




2016 Kia Optima SX 2.0 Turbo photo2016 Kia Optima

  • Five trim levels and two turbo engine choices
  • More standard features including 6-way adjustable seats with lumbar support and rear camera display, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
  • Roomier cabin on chassis that is wider, taller, and longer
  • Heated, ventilated, adjustable seats are available
  • More cargo capacity—15.9 cu. ft. of space
  • All-new, 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder turbo engine offered on LX trim level that produces 178 horsepower and 195 lb. ft. of torque, mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT)—a first for the Kia brand
  • LX Convenience package offers latest advanced safety technology systems
  • LX Turbo package includes navigation, satellite radio, traffic updates, and rear LED taillights, plus USB connections for front- and rear-seat passengers
  • EX trim level includes standard LED lighting systems, 12-way adjustable driver’s seat and more, as well as a Premium audio package
  • Michelin 11 tires are available on select trim levels
  • 16-18 in. alloy wheels with four new unique wheel designs
  • Bi-xenon HID headlights with available Dynamic Bending Lamps




2016 Kia Optima Hybrid photo2016 Kia Optima Hybrid

  • 2016 model-year information not yet available




2016 Kia Rio SX photo2016 Kia Rio

  • New front and rear fascia add wider, sporty look with revised grille insert for Rio Sedan and Rio 5-door hatchback
  • Three trim levels for both models
  • Two new exterior paint colors: Urban Blue and Digital Yellow
  • Cabin has a more premium look and feel
  • Standard equipment on LX includes rear disc brakes, 6-way-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, AUX/USB audio jacks, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, stability and handling systems
  • EX trim level offers standard one-touch power windows, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry with trunk release, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • SX trim level adds sport-tuned suspension, 17-in. alloy wheels, ventilated front disc brakes, paddle shifters, and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear backup camera display, upgraded navigation system with satellite radio and traffic updates, push-button start, leather seating surfaces with front seat heaters, and a power sunroof are all standard
  • Two-tone Designer black/gray package available only on EX trim level
  • Upgraded UVO eServices1 technology
  • Rio 5-door no longer offers 6-speed manual transmission




2016 Kia Sedona SX Limited photo2016 Kia Sedona

  • Rear camera display standard across all trim levels
  • Tricot cloth seat upholstery replaces previous knit material on L and LX trim levels
  • Standard heated front seats on EX trim level
  • SX trim level seats 8 when equipped with Technology package
  • SXL trim level features optional side sills with chrome accents plus 8-passenger Technology package




2016 Kia Sorento SXL photo2016 Kia Sorento

  • Refreshed front-end styling
  • Navigation is optional
  • Equipped with more fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine




2016 Kia Soul photo2016 Kia Soul

  • Base model equipped with 16-in. alloy wheels
  • Convenience package with audio, radio, MPR, 4.3-in. color touch screen and rear camera display available
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Plus (+) trim level gets standard gloss black bumper ends, front fog lights, and all new features and packages on the base model
  • Designer Collection is available with 18-in. alloy wheels with black spokes and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Exclaim (!) trim level standard equipment includes leather seats, 17-in. alloy wheels to replace 18 in. wheels, Premium package featuring navigation with 8-in. display, Infinity audio system, panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, special lighting systems, and advanced safety features




2016 Kia Soul EV photo2016 Soul EV

  • Soul EV-e is new and only available in California in two new colors: Clear White and Bright Silver
  • EV-e, EV, EV+ (plus) all have standard nozzle locking function for SAE AUX/USB port that is illuminated
  • EV, EV+ come in two exterior paint colors: Shadow Black and Bright Silver
  • EV+ is available with Sun & Fun package that includes panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting, and speaker lights




2016 Kia Sportage photo2016 Kia Sportage

  • New exterior colors: Shadow Black and Bright Silver
  • LX trim level features Popular package with touch-screen audio and rear camera displays and automatic on/off headlights
  • EX trim level comes standard with leather trim seats and push-button start with Smart Key
  • Premium package includes Infinity audio system; integrated, heated outside mirror turn signals; front fog lamps; cooled glove box and auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • SX trim level is equipped with leather-trimmed ventilated seats, panoramic sunroof, and Homelink wireless control to remotely operate garage doors, front gates, home security system, interior lighting, and even appliances


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