2016 Kia Optima: Will the Luggage Fit?
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 15, 2016
Will the luggage fit? To answer this question we loaded (our 2016 Kia Optima) with bags in different configurations and took photos. What constitutes carry-on luggage varies depending upon who you ask. So for the sake of standardization we used the same blue carry-on bag--size (21 x15x10 inches) and red checked bag--size (30x20x13 inches).
Take the jump for photos and more detail...
Access to the cargo area
The shape of the trunk opening is common in this segment. It is plenty wide but larger items require some manipulation to get inside. The trunk floor is 43 inches wide at the wheel wells and 39 inches deep to the second-row seatback.
It is important to note the trunk lid hinges. They lower into the storage space. As evidenced by the scuffs we have on the driver side hinge, they will crush cargo if you don't pack carefully.
Cargo loading height, or the lowest point of access to the trunk, is 28 inches from the ground. When fully open the trunk handle is 63 inches from the ground.
Behind the first row
With the second-row seats folded the Optima's load floor grows to 71 inches. The pass-through between compartments is nicely shaped to enhance usability. Its second-row seatbacks split 60/40 and fold flat.
Find other cargo specs here.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 8,300 miles