Since Optima compete as Kia’s representative in the most ruthless US mid-size sedan market, it needs to mature and change very fast. Five-year cycle was established since its beginnings and it will not be broken now as 2016 Kia Optima model will be first of the fourth generation.
Same like before LX, EX, SX and Limited trim levels will continue to feature, and so will, most likely now-available powertrain options. Base 2.4L 4-cylinder engine delivers 192 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, while available 2.0L turbo-four comes away with 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque and is offered with top Limited and sport SX trim levels. Transmission should also be carried over as electronically controlled 6-speed automatic proved to be a good choice. Third option in the powertrain lineup is the hybrid that again combined 2.4 liter unit with electric motor for total of 199 hp.
2016 Kia Optima Side
The 2015 year model has the most aged mid-size sedan design on the market, but this doesn’t mean Optima looks old, or even bad. New generation will bring some changes, but Optima’s sporty lines shouldn’t be changed dramatically. Why changing the winning team, right? However, front bumper might get bigger air intake to be paired with a mesh grille, while the back end should get smaller tail-lights and ironed out liftgate.
2016 Kia Optima Release Date
Most changes Optima will get, will be interior-based. New soft-touch cabin furbishing will be paired with new color options and familiar standard and Nappa leather seats on highest grades, while base models will keep their cloth seat upholstery. Dashboard will also be redesigned and instrument panel won’t be tilted toward the driver as it is now. However, 8-inch touch screen will keep its place among the instrument panel controls and will continue to offer infotainment capabilities. Sound system will be standard across the lineup and will hold six speakers, but optional Infinity’s 8-speaker system will also be available. Rearview camera will become a standard piece of equipment, and with it blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts will also become standard, but only on higher tiers.
With carried over powertrains, fuel economy ratings will be kept at bay and base engine should see them at 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Turbo option will naturally use more fuel, but will only lower the ratings by three points in both categories providing much more power. Hybrid version of 2016 Kia Optima will be able to return impressive 36/40 mpg in city/highway drive conditions.
Price Of 2016 Kia Optima
Prices will also remain in the same region and up to $22,000 will be the cost of entry-level Optima. Higher trim models should cost around $26,000, and top Limited model might become less expensive than it is now. Lowering of Limited model’s price is the only possible solution as all other models will come with additional features that were part of the optional packages before. Top grade which had these as standard, doesn’t have the upper hand any more, and hence the price reduction. Similarly, price of hybrid will remain on the same level so expect it to start from $26,000 or slightly higher.
2016 Kia Optima Back
The 2016 Kia Optima will finally receive a new design we can only hope that designers will be kind towards the outgoing model and decide to keep as much of its lines as possible. With only slight improvements we think that this car can be one of the best choices on the market.