The 2016 Kia Optima has been redesigned inside and out, and the result is an outstanding car! I have tried out Kia vehicles in the past but I have to say that I love this vehicle, not only due to the style, but also for everything that it provides you as a vehicle.
The SX Turbo, is equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged and intercooled 16-valve inline-4 engine, with aluminum block and head, and direct fuel injection. With that being said, this is an amazing engine that puts out 245hp and provides 260 ft. lbs. of torque at a low 1350 rpm.
For people that have been following Kia you will note that this is a little lower than the 2015 but the torque comes on at a lower rpm, which is what you want when it comes to torque.
The engine is also very quiet and gives you a very smooth ride! On top of this you get great pick up, with the ability to go from zero to 60 in under 7 seconds. In examining the vehicle, the EPA fuel Economy numbers are 22 City and 32 Highway. In my week long test drive I found that I had plenty of gas to get everywhere I was going and still had gas to spare on the tank that I had.
The power goes to the front wheels through a 6-speed manumatic that shifts quickly and smoothly in both full automatic mode, or you can use the provided paddles to change the gears manually. The vehicle also gives you a button to switch to a Economy or Sport mode if you would like.
I found that the Kia Optima handled well on the road. It cornered well and handled rough pavement and pot holes well too. All-in-all this was an amazing ride and one that I would highly recommend for all to try out for themselves!
Below you will see my thoughts on the car!
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