2016 Kia Optima: 10,000 Miles Under Its Belt
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 9, 2016
We've cleared the 10,000-mile mark in our long-term 2016 Kia Optima. We're close to being seven months into our year-long test, which means we've got a bit of catching up to do to reach our goal of 20,000 miles before we're done. A road trip or two would get us back on schedule. Thankfully, our Optima is certainly up to the task.
I've driven our Optima quite a bit and have always come away impressed with its road-going demeanor. It's roomy, very quiet at highway speeds and has a nicely tuned suspension that smooths out bumps and ruts but without being overly soft to the detriment of car control. And if you need a burst of speed for a highway pass, the Optima's turbocharged engine has enough grunt to make it happen without issue. I suspect our most notable complaints so far were summed up by Sadlier in a recent post: the lackluster character of the engine and the slow responses of the transmission at low speeds.
Our Optima has been essentially trouble-free. Other than the build-quality problem with the front seat fabric that we covered a few months ago, our maintenance category is crickets. Not that you'd expect anything to go wrong just 10,000 miles in, but it's nice to see nonetheless. Maybe there's something to that J.D. Power award after all.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,012 miles