by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on August 22, 2016
One thing we can't seem live without these days is the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward whatever we're watching. That's true whether you're an avid consumer of cable network programming or an Amazon Prime and Netflix cord-cutter.
So why not incorporate said functionality into car audio systems? Our 2016 Kia Optima does just that.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 17, 2016
About a week ago, I wrote an update about the extra features contained within our 2016 Kia Optima's UVO eServices infotainment system. At the time, I couldn't quite figure out how to get the My Car Zone feature working. This is the part of UVO that allows you to create custom alerts for time, speed and location ("geofencing") if your Optima is being borrowed by your young driver. Or your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse, I suppose, if you don't trust him/her.
Well, I've since figured out how to get it to work through the car's UVO setup menu. Now it's just a matter of testing it out. I do have kids, but they're far from reaching driving age. Next best thing: me.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 9, 2016
One of the main function buttons on our 2016 Kia Optima dashboard is for "UVO." Unidentified Vehicle Object, maybe? No, it's just Kia's umbrella name for various infotainment features. There are different versions of UVO based on what year and model of Kia you own, but our Optima has the latest UVO eServices with navigation. Since Kia gives you a dedicated button for it, it's surely important, right? Well, let's find out.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 24, 2016
Earlier this month, Kia announced that Apple CarPlay will be added to the 2016 Kia Optima. That's great news if you're considering buying one, however, current owners like ourselves are not SOL. Customers who have previously purchased a '16 Optima (or '17 Sportage) with a navigation system will be "provided with a downloadable update via myuvo.com" beginning in the third quarter.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 16, 2015
It's not a new party trick, but our 2016 Kia Optima has the same nifty hands-free trunk as our former Hyundai Sonata. I forgot all about that feature from the Sonata, let alone that it existed on the Optima, until talking to a neighbor while standing around near the back of the car.
I walked out to my driveway, key in pocket, as my neighbor passed by. He said he liked the Optima's styling, which I've found is one of the first things most people say about this car. It's fun to watch their reactions when you tell them the Optima was styled by a guy who was Audi and Volkswagen's former design boss (Peter Schreyer). There's always an "a-ha" moment, as if now it all makes sense.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on April 25, 2016
I've been shopping for a new personal car recently, and I've realized that the work advantage of driving nearly everything on the market does not necessarily make it easier when choosing a vehicle for your personal needs.
In other words, I want to build my own "hybrid" — Audi seats, BMW steering, Porsche brakes, maybe a Ferrari badge?
This evening I was again reminded of another addition to my list when I climbed behind the wheel of the 2016 Kia Optima. To me, the Optima's navigation and audio system controls are perfect.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 20, 2016
I've already gone on record and said how much I like our long-term 2016 Kia Optima's interior, especially as it relates to its big brother, the K900. However, I think it's worth noting just how easy it is to learn, and use, the Optima's infotainment system, too.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on March 31, 2016
It's capable of impressive range and fuel efficiency, produces plenty of power for its mass, and has a pretty large back seat. Now we also know that our 2016 Kia Optima is also one of the safest midsize sedans available, having just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ rating.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on March 17, 2016
Why would anyone want to turn off the blind spot monitor in our 2016 Kia Optima? Turns out there are a couple reasons, but most of them aren't very good.
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.