Drivers from Boulder and Denver have plenty of choices when it comes to mid-sized sedans, so it speaks volumes when an option like the 2016 Kia Optima comes out on top so consistently. From flawless safety scores to stunning efficiency ratings, here’s everything you need to know about the new and improved Optima.
The Kia Optima has been fully redesigned for 2016, increasing interior dimensions while adding high-strength steel to the chassis for stronger structural rigidity and improved high-speed handling. You’ll also find a new engine, the turbocharged 1.6L, delivering both phenomenal performance and optimal efficiency, plus a range of additional driver assistance technologies.
Trim Levels and Price
Boulder and Denver drivers will be able to select one of five trim levels when they choose the 2016 Kia Optima.
LX: Starting at $21,840, the LX immediately impresses with a superb selection of standard features. You’ll enjoy cruise control, a six-way power driver seat with power lumbar support, and a six-speaker sound system with CD player.
LX 1.6T: Starting at $23,990, the LX 1.6T earns its name from the turbocharged 1.6L engine that comes as standard. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and keyless entry system are both included as standard.
EX: Starting at $24,890, the EX adds leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and LED running lights.
SX: Starting at $29,690, the SX makes the jump up to the 2.0L engine. It also provides sport-tuned suspension, ambient interior lighting, and an 8-inch touchscreen.
SX Limited: Starting at $35,790, your top-of-the-line Optima boasts automatic high-beam headlights, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, and a 360-degree Surround-View Monitor.
Powertrains and MPG
The 2016 Kia Optima confirms its high ranking among mid-sized sedans by providing three engine options, allowing Boulder and Denver drivers to decide upon their own blend of power and efficiency.
2.4L Four-Cylinder: Even the standard engine produces up to 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and earns up to 25 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway.
1.6L Four-Cylinder: Takes your output to 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft. Power is refined by a seven-speed automated dual-clutch transmission that can function as an automatic and return exceptional mileage ratings of 28 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway.
2.0L Four-Cylinder: Putting up to 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque at your disposal, the 2.0L comes as standard with either the SX or SX Limited. A six-speed automatic ensures up to 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway.
Features and Design
The 2016 refresh of the Kia Optima has seen it become longer, taller, and wider than before, so Boulder and Denver drivers shouldn’t be surprised by the roomier passenger volume (104.8 cubic feet) of the comfort cabin and larger trunk (up to 15.9 cubic feet).
They’ll also be free to add some of the best automotive features around to their Kia Optima experience, with the following outstanding technologies available.
UVO eServices with Premium Navigation: UVO eServices allow you to connect your compatible smartphone to control navigation, music, and other applications.
Surround View Monitor (SVM): This handy feature provides a virtual 360-degree birds-eye view of both your Optima and the surrounding area.
Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS): An advanced sonar sensor system is used to detect obstacles behind your Optima.
The 2016 Kia Optima received a perfect score after crash-tests conducted by the NHTSA, garnering 5 stars in each category. That’s largely down to its comprehensive range of standard security features, a list which includes antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, and a rearview camera.
However, the Optima doesn’t stop there. Boulder and Denver drivers will also be able to take advantage of several advanced driver assist features, such as:
Blind-Spot Detection System (BSD)
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS)
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
The 2016 Kia Optima rests at the front of its class, a fact evidenced by the warm acclaim of numerous industry reviews.
“The 2016 Kia Optima combines sporty styling with a strong value proposition that’s hard to beat in the midsize sedan segment.” – Edmunds.com
“If you’re looking for a good midsize-sedan value, one with plenty of modern features, sharp styling, good driving dynamics, and a roomy interior – y’know, the works – then the 2016 Kia Optima hits all the right buttons.” – Kelley Blue Book
“Kia has for years been one-upping other automakers in terms of features and sheer value for money, and the 2016 Optima is no exception.” – The Car Connection
The 2016 Kia Optima is Both an Industry and Consumer Favorite
Whether you’re looking for leading efficiency ratings for state-of-the-art technology, the 2016 Kia Optima can deliver. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to contact one of the team at Fisher Kia for further information. We look forward to serving our customers from Boulder and Denver soon, so hurry on down to take the 2016 Optima for a spin!