The 2016 Kia Optima has a sporty feel to it with a powerful engine that can accelerate quickly, has good handling response and is an agile vehicle which makes it fun to drive.
The base engine is an 185-hp four with a six-speed automatic. There are two turbo four-cylinders: a 178-hp 1.6-liter with a seven-speed automatic and a 245-hp 2.0-liter with a six-speed automatic. A hybrid is offered, too, with a combined 199 hp. Standard features include cruise, satellite radio, and Bluetooth, making the Optima a good deal.
Every 2016 Kia Optima is front-wheel drive. The LX and EX come standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The LX 1.6T comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder engine that makes 178 hp and 195 lb-ft. Kia pairs this engine with a seven-speed automated clutch transmission, which effectively operates as an automatic.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque is standard on the SX and SXL. The six-speed automatic is standard. In a performance test, a 2016 Kia Optima SX went from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.
The EPA estimates fuel economy with the 2.4-liter at 28 mpg combined (24 city/35 highway). For the turbocharged engines, fuel economy ratings are 32 mpg combined (28 city/39 highway) for the 1.6-liter and 25 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway) for the 2.0-liter.