Kia is gearing up for the launch of the 2016 Optima soon. The third generation Optima, which went on sale in 2010, was in many ways the car that reinvented Kia as a brand. It was one of the first designs brought to life by Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, and its sporty yet sophisticated profile led it to be Kia Motors America’s top-selling model for three straight years. Now Kia has announced pricing for its successor, the fourth-generation 2016 Optima.
2016 Kia Optima: More Standard Features, Same Competitive Price
|2016 Kia Optima Trim Levels||MSRP|
|Kia Optima LX||$21,840|
|Kia Optima LX 1.6T||$23,990|
|Kia Optima EX||$24,890|
|Kia Optima SX||$29,690|
|Kia Optima SXL||$35,790|
If you read the table above, you’ll see that the Optima comes at five well-differentiated trim levels, each with their own packages and features to justify the price point. What we want to focus on in this brief guide is the extensive list of standard features that come on this model. Those features include:
- Six-way adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar
- Six-way adjustable front passenger’s seat with height adjuster
- Rear Camera Display viewed through standard five-inch touchscreen on LX, LX 1.6T and EX trims, and viewed through an eight-inch touchscreen premium navigation system on SX and SXL models
- Bluetooth® hands-free operation
- Driver’s knee airbag
- Keyless entry system
- YES Essentials™ fabric technology
We’re also excited to announce that the 2016 Optima will be the first Kia to offer integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Using these features, you can connect your phone to the Optima and interact with compatible apps directly through the car’s touchscreen display and voice activated controls.
2016 Optima Offers Three Exciting Engines
Note that the Optima LX and EX models come with a 2.4L GDI four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The Optima SX and SXL are fitted with a 2.0-liter GDI Turbo engine, which produces 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic® shifting.
Upgrading to the LX 1.6T, a new choice for this model year, gives customers a fantastic compromise with Kia’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine. Output for this lean engine is 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, and it’s mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, a first for any Kia model.
Fuel economy estimates are pending from the EPA, but as one of the world’s greenest brands, you should expect excellent ratings from Kia.
We’re excited to receive our first shipment of the 2016 Kia Optima soon at Leith Autopark Kia, so make sure you follow us on social media to find out when the first cars arrive. You’ll want to be one of the first to test drive this stunning new model, so call or visit our dealership and we’ll make it happen.