Plenty of Room in the Back Seat - 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: Plenty of Room in the Back Seat

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 16, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

When new long-term vehicles arrive in our fleet, I have a little routine that I go through with them. I pop the hood, check out all the storage and cubby holes, and if there's a back seat, I sit in it. I'm only 5-foot-9, so I adjust to my comfortable seating position from the driver's seat, then add a few inches to simulate someone at least six-feet tall driving the car.

Then like my father taught me in all the test-drives he did during my childhood, I sit in the back seat, ostensibly behind myself. He's six feet tall, so he called it the "six and six? test to illustrate how comfortably two six-foot tall passengers could fit in the car. I recently performed the "six and six" in our new long-term 2016 Kia Optima and although I didn't have two test subjects on hand, there was a lot of room to spare.

Both the outboard and middle rear seats are comfortable and well-supported, just like the front. There's plenty of headroom and legroom and I'm eager to see how the Optima performs on a long road trip with a few adults in the rear. Standing still, this thing looks good and feels good, giving me plenty of hope.

Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 1,250 miles

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