2016 Kia Optima: Small Engine, Big Performance
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 24, 2016
As you can see, the four-cylinder engine is our 2016 Kia Optima is on the small side. There's nearly a foot of empty space around it, which is unusual on a modern car.
It's visually deceptive, however, as it produces more than enough power to get this sizable sedan up to speed.
Measured by our resident experts at the test track, this Optima turned in a 0-to-60 mph time of 7.4 seconds. That's a solid number for a midsize family sedan, especially one with such a small engine.
It's useful power, too. You don't have to wait for it to wind up to get things moving. The quick-shifting transmission is a big help as it keeps it from bogging down at low engine speeds.
If there's a catch here, it's this engine's thirst. So far it hasn't come anywhere near its EPA estimates. We'll see if this trend continues as the miles pile up.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,692 miles