2016 KIA OPTIMA: OPTIMAL for a famIly sedan… and more

2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo (SXT Launch Edition) | MSRP (base model): $21,840 | Price as tested: $33,215

Engine: 2.0L; 245 h.p.; 260 lb.-ft. | MPG: 22 city / 32 hwy

Features: Push-button Start, Smart Key, Smart Trunk, Harman Kardon speakers, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Assist, etc.

Probably, one of the most important reasons to buy or not to buy a certain car is how much this vehicle is actually worth and what exactly you’re getting for its price tag. Just like your grocery-shopping, your car-buying experience isn’t going to be the same with different vehicles. For instance, you could buy a famous brand, and then, in case you need to add any additional options, it would cost you a lot more. How justified this spending is is only up to you, while we in this review will talk more about the alternative – particularly, the 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo – and try to find out why this car is worth more than it actually costs.

You have several options available here: 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter, and 2.4-liter. SX and SX Limited packages proudly boast 2.0-liter turbo engines producing 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. These are certainly not groundbreaking numbers; however, the acceleration is exactly where it should be in a family sedan.

The best 0-60, which we were able to reach, was 7.8 seconds, which is pretty average for the class. The new Optima reaches a 30MPH mark “in one breath.” However, as soon as you pass this mark, you certainly start feeling those exact four cylinders under the hood – no more or less. I’ll also take the liberty and say that 32MPG highway and 22MPG city are not too bad for a car wearing a “family sedan” badge.


Everything is very plain and easy-to-understand. However, even with it being simple, it doesn’t look cheap. To describe the Optima’s interior, I would use the word discreet instead.

On the driver’s dash you have a speedometer, tachometer and a small 4.2-inch display in the middle with everything that a driver could possibly need (MPG, compass, trip info, etc.). With a beautiful red-leather interior (the original “sticker’s” name of the color is “Merlot”), this discreetness somehow reminds what German automakers used to manufacture….
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