2016 Kia Optima: Hits the 20,000-Mile Mark and Gets Its Last Service
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 30, 2017
With a one-month absence as the result of a debilitating accident, it's amazing the 2016 Kia Optima was close to the 20,000-mile mark less than a week before it was set to return to Kia. Before I signed it out, Mike Schmidt, our test fleet manager, asked me to knock out a few hundred miles to tip it past the 20K goal we set for all long-term cars. "No sweat," I said.
I dropped the car back off at the office on the Tuesday after the long weekend with exactly 20,000 on the odometer and a service light in the instrument panel. Sure enough, the Optima was due for its final service. We needed to take it into a dealer quickly, so I called Kia of Cerritos (the nearest Kia dealer to my house) and made an appointment for 2:30 that afternoon.
I arrived at the dealer to find a completely packed service line. An adviser met me, led me to the service office and went over the scheduled maintenance. Just a quick oil change, tire rotation and inspections, plus a car wash. I was promised the car in two hours, a long time to wait for an easy service like this, but understandable given the number of customers.
The service was completed on time to the tune of $73.28. With that, we'll wrap this test up and send the car back to Kia.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 20,094 miles