2016 Kia Optima

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2016 Kia Optima Ratings
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Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
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Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

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Best Midsize Car of 2016

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2016 Kia Optima after 90-days of ownership.
  • Interior storage spaces
  • The vehicle's navigation system
  • Comfort of the 2nd row seats

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2016 Kia Optima during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Rear visibility
  • Vehicle's handling on curves
  • Vehicle acceleration

Performance Specs

MPG City

22 - 28


32 - 39


178 - 245


6 speed, Automatic w/OD, 7 speed, Auto-Shift Manual w/OD


Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded I-4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2016 Kia Optima Review

Hello style. Hello get-up-and-go. The Kia Optima is a sleek fusion of bold design and heart-pounding performance with more than a dash of trailblazing technology. This is the next generation Optima and a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy. And because it’s a Kia it comes with an industry-leading warranty. Choose from 5 models starting at $21 990 for the LX; the top of the line SX Limited starts at $35 890. Choose any trim and you’ll get the power and fuel efficiency under the hood that Optima engines are built for all the way up to a 2 liter turbocharged power plant. Inside you’ll find a bold interior with enhanced sound insulation and little details that make life easier like 2 available USB charging ports in the rear and 1 in front. Your new Optima is available in a variety of exterior and interior options to suit any taste. The Kia Optima--revolutionizing conventional thinking about midsize sedans.
The new Optima’s interior features a cleaner horizontal design for a greater sense of space. You’ll find premium seats and a higher level of comfort. You’re connected with UVO’s advanced voice-recognition technology. Command your in-dash system with just your voice. With UVO eServices your information and content is enabled by an exclusive free smartphone app. The Optima offers connectivity and comfort all in one stylish package.
When it comes to your safety Optima has you covered. An IIHS 2016 top safety pick plus Optima features an advanced airbag system and active safety features that give you greater confidence on the road and help you maintain control even in harsh road conditions and some emergency situations. From Autonomous Emergency braking to Forward Collision Warning Optima’s technologically advanced systems are designed to function automatically freeing you to focus on safe driving.
With the LX 1.6T trim you’ll get a new 1.6 liter Turbocharged engine with 7 speed Dual-Clutch Transmission pumping out 178 horsepower. Looking for power with improved fuel economy? The SX and SX Limited trims offer the re-tuned 2 liter Turbo delivering 245 horsepower. Your Optima sips gas with the LX delivering an EPA estimated 25 city and 37 highway miles per gallon. While the SX comes in at 22 city and 32 highway.

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J.D. Power Award Winner

Performance Award Winner

Awarded to the models with the highest owner ratings for design and performance after the first 90 days of ownership
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