2016 Kia Optima: Brakes May Be Overly Sensitive
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 30, 2016
This past week I took our long-term 2016 Kia Optima home for the first time since driving for its initial photo shoot. There were other cars available, but I was set to leave work right as traffic was hitting its fever pitch and I wanted something quiet, comfortable and easy to drive. If I'd remembered how touchy the brakes were I might have gone with another car.
The initial bite is hard and abrupt. The pedal doesn't have much travel, so all the braking power seems to be up top. Tap the brakes, the nose dives and you lean forward. I felt like I was learning to drive again.
I didn't remember anyone ever mentioning this before, so I thought maybe it was just me. I wore a different pair of shoes back to the office the next day. Still, I felt the brakes were a little too sensitive. I went back, though, and found a post by Travis Langness that mentioned the same thing, so I knew I wasn't alone. Even during our performance test, Carlos Lago noticed a bit of shudder through the pedal.
Despite the two cars being mechanically related, I don't remember our former long-term Hyundai Sonata being this sensitive. Then again, maybe it was just me.
Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 5,656 miles