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.
Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
November started quietly enough. Our 2016 Kia Optima passed from editor to editor, connecting the dots in a series of around-town errands, until BAM! In the middle of the month, Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr and the Optima were en route to Edmunds HQ when the Kia was rear-ended.
More on that below.
by Dan Frio, Vehicle Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
In October, we mostly drove our 2016 Kia Optima around town and on our daily commutes, with one significant exception — a round trip from California to Colorado that added more than 2,500 miles to the odometer. On that trip, Vehicle Testing Assistant Mike Massey got a good sense of what the Optima's all about. It's a car with great long-haul manners that, distilled into our typical short hauls, make the Optima a strong value and a smart daily driver.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 5, 2016
As I noted last week, we neglected to take our 2016 Kia Optima in for its first service at the prescribed 7,500-mile mark. But better late than never. I headed over to my local Kia dealer to get the oil change and tire rotation taken care of.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 30, 2016
We're closing in on 10,000 miles in our long-term 2016 Kia Optima. While this is all well and good, there's one small problem: we forgot to take our Optima to a dealer for its first 7,500-mile service.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 18, 2015
A whopping 17 2016 Kia Optimas are being recalled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "the driver's frontal airbag may be missing a chemical enhancer required for the second stage airbag deployment, resulting in the second stage deploying improperly in certain crashes."
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 13, 2015
The front seat bottom edges in our 2016 Kia Optima should be tucked under and secured in some way, but they have instead popped free, making it possible to feel the padding underneath. This is the case for both the driver and passenger seats. It's not overtly noticeable, but you can definitely see that it doesn't look right. I've tried to feel around to see if there's some way to easily re-secure the bottom edge, but no dice.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on April 28, 2016
There's a good chance you're already aware that Kia provides one of the two best warranties in the automotive industry (the other is offered by corporate cousin Hyundai). But what does our 2016 Kia Optima's include, exactly? Well, let's find out.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 10, 2016
When the Kia Optima was redesigned in 2011 it was groundbreaking. It had a design so striking that it reinvented the brand overnight. Sedan shoppers who never thought twice about Kia suddenly considered the idea of putting an Optima in their driveway.
We drove one for a year and liked much of what it offered. It wasn't perfect, though, so it didn't knock the class leaders off their perch.
For 2016, the Kia Optima has been redesigned again. This time around, Kia knows it has a good-looking car on its hands, so it didn't change much on the outside. It even made a Super Bowl commercial mocking the blandness of its competitors.
Most of the changes were made to the underlying chassis, suspension tuning and interior. Kia also added an interesting new turbocharged engine option that delivers strong performance and even more miles per gallon than the base engine. It's once again an intriguing option that we wanted to know more about, so we decided to give it another try and add one to the fleet.