2016 Kia Optima: Humbly Does Everything You Need It To
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 25, 2016
I was looking over our recent updates on our 2016 Kia Optima. There hasn't much much excitement going on. We've posted some fuel updates and written some further commentary about the powertrain. Cameron noted how he loses our car in parking lots. In other words, boring. But maybe "boring" is actually good news. If you want your midsize sedan to get you through your day with a minimum of fuss, our Optima is rocking it.
I've spent a lot of time with our Optima and just appreciate how it goes about its business in an impressively polished manner. For just about everything I'd actually want in a midsize sedan, the Optima's got it. It's easy to drive. The front seats are comfortable. It rides well over bumps and broken pavement. The back seat is roomy, as is the trunk. Fuel economy is solid (close to 30 mpg) from the car's turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, as is power when you need it. Safety? The Optima aces every single one of the NHTSA's and the IIHS' crash tests.
One could argue that this all sounds very appliance-like, a disparaging charge leveled at the Toyota Camry for decades. There's probably some truth to that. But we're also testing out an entry-level LX, not the SX with its more powerful engine, flashy 18-inch wheels and sport-tuned suspension. Kia sells the Optima LX 1.6T in eight colors, and four of them are a shade of gray.
Personally, I'm OK with boring. If I were shopping for an affordable midsize family sedan, the latest Optima would be right in the mix of cars I'd consider.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,938 miles