2016 Kia Optima: Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 31, 2016
It's capable of impressive range and fuel efficiency, produces plenty of power for its mass, and has a pretty large back seat. Now we also know that our 2016 Kia Optima is also one of the safest midsize sedans available, having just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ rating.
Well, not our Optima specifically. Although the Optima lineup makes the best grades across the IIHS's five crashworthiness standards — small frontal overlap, moderate frontal overlap, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats — only an Optima equipped with the optional front collision mitigation system with automatic braking rates as "superior" in front crash protection, thus earning the top award.
And to get front collision warning and auto braking, you need to buy the Optima SX trim and add it, or buy the Optima SX Limited, which includes it as standard equipment. But then you're spending another $6000-$10,000 more than our LX 1.6T.
Still, we're driving around in a midsize sedan that earns about the highest safety marks available from both the insurance industry and the government for about $27,500. I can handle the braking myself.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 3,615 miles