Fuel Economy Update for February - Benefit of the Doubt - 2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update for February - Benefit of the Doubt

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 3, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

Our 2016 Kia Optima is barely broken in, so we'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now. We say this because it's still returning mileage numbers well below its EPA ratings.

With barely 2,000 miles on the odometer, our turbocharged Kia is returning just 25.2 miles per gallon. Considering its EPA city rating is 28 mpg, that's not great.

It's hard to tell if this is an anomaly so early in our test. Most of our long-term cars deliver significantly improved mileage numbers once they start building up more miles. We'll keep a close eye on this one to see if the trend moves in a positive direction.

In the meantime, several editors have commented on the interior of the Optima. Whether it's the richness of the materials or the well laid-out controls, the overall feeling is positive.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,066 miles

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