2016 Kia Optima: Good Tech Usability
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 20, 2016
I've already gone on record and said how much I like our long-term 2016 Kia Optima's interior, especially as it relates to its big brother, the K900. However, I think it's worth noting just how easy it is to learn, and use, the Optima's infotainment system, too.
With our Optima, there's virtually no learning curve or waiting time. The first time I sat in it, I plugged in, and seemingly right away it indexed my way-too-crowded music catalog and began to play. And that has been the case every time I've driven the Optima.
The screen is basic, but it has good graphics and easy-to-read font. There are multiple, tactile knobs paired with logically located steering wheel buttons and well-placed dashboard controls. There are a few redundancies, but nothing seems useless.
In short, the system is simple and it works well for basic daily tasks, which I consider to be the most important kinds of tasks.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 4,197 miles