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2016 Kia Optima Drives Like a Champ

2016 KiaOptima
Last week I drove a 2016 Kia Optima SX LTD that performed like a champ.  It drove well both on the highway and in some grueling city traffic.

The mid-sized sedan looked good doing it, too.  Its Titanium Gray exterior and black interior were set off by HID headlights with auto-leveling and dynamic bending.  It also featured Sport LED rear tail lights.

My husband had knee replacement surgery at Irving Baylor Hospital last week, so I drove back and forth from our Dallas home several times a day during his hospital stay. Driving around that Irving hospital is like going through a war zone.  There were frequent stops and checkpoints due to ongoing construction in the area. The 2.0 Liter turbo gas direct injection 4-cylinder engine with its 6-speed automatic transmission and active Eco system helped the Optima glide easily over the bumps and potholes we encountered.  The 18″ alloy wheels rolled right over most bumps.

Best of all, when I picked him up for the drive home from the hospital, my Optima again proved deserving of a blue ribbon. The power adjustable heated and ventilated driver’s and front passenger’s seats provided more than enough leg room for him.  He was able to stretch both legs (including the one with the new Titanium knee) out without bumping into anything. The Optima’s Nappa leather seat trim also provided a soothing touch for the ride home.

Comfort and convenience factors that made the journey home even more pleasant were plentiful.  These included automatic temperature control, Navigation system with 8″ rear-camera display, and SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.  The Optima also featured Bluetooth wireless technology, push button start with smart key and smart trunk capabilities, Panoramic sunroof, and surround view monitor.

If you’ve ever driven a husband or boyfriend somewhere when the traffic is backed up and he’s feeling sick, then you understand my difficulty.  Trying to make our trip home during afternoon rush hour traffic was no fun. Adding to the difficulty, he is also a car writer, accustomed to being in the driver’s seat.  Sadly, that’s a position he can’t hold for a few more weeks.

I gave thanks for the Optima’s traction control system, anti-lock braking system, and electronic stability control.  Along with vehicle stability management and hill-start assist control, my husband only had to gasp or groan a few times during the 45 minute drive home.

The Optima also provided numerous standard features.  It had front collision warning system, blind spot detection system, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking assist system.  It also came with lane departure warning system and autonomous emergency braking system.

In my opinion, Kia’s 2016 Optima SX LTD almost belongs in the luxury vehicle class.  It’s hard to remember that Kia’s brand was once frowned upon.  It’s available for a reasonable price, since the MSRP (including destination charges) is only $36,615. Fuel economy is 22 mpg in town and 32 on the highway for an average of 25 mpg.

Kia’s warranty includes 10 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain, 5 year/60,000 mile limited basic, and 5 year/60,000 mile roadside assistance coverage.

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