2016 Kia Optima Hybrid EX (1133)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid EX. It is a midsize family sedan and the overall feeling of reviewers and myself is that there is little to complain about with this car as in the past. Both my daughter, who traded her previous Kia – a Sorento SUV for the Optima, and granddaughter own the Optima. Although I talked my daughter into her first Kia she took it from there after driving the Sorento for over 4 years. Once the kids were grown she didn’t need an SUV any longer and the Optima fits her need better now

General Information: It is assembled in USA; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Korea 96%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Midsize. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte 5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Excellent in all respects. And the kicker is that I am convinced this Hybrid will get 500 miles from a tank of gas. Impressive. I’m not a fan of electric cars but with the Hybrid you have the confidence you won’t get stuck when the charge runs out. The engine provides not only that confidence, it also is fast when you need it. You’ll notice, as I did, this car is smooth – really a nice ride.

Styling:

Clean lines and has that luxury brand look, but at a fraction of the price of those (you know which I mean) with the expensive badges.

Fit and Finish:

Typical of Kia cars that are well designed and assembled. Well fitted seams and no squeaks or groans.

Cost:

Competitive.

Conveniences and comfort:

Very good although I prefer more cargo area. It is just adequate for my taste, but that is so because it is a Hybrid. I like the tradeoff. In summary I find this to include the most user friendly interface with the occupants. The sound system is very good.

Consumer Recommendations:

Luxury comes in many forms. Name brand cars sport a badge developed over many years but this new comer is gaining momentum in the industry. Rightfully so.

I missed the “Blind Spot Warning” feature and it points out how impressive and useful this option is. I would encourage you to add that on your next purchase.

Recognized Competition:

Kia Optima Hybrid EX $33,000, VW Jetta Hybrid SEL $32,000, Ford Fusion Energi $35,000, Honda Accord $33,000, Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE $31,000.

Good News:

Competitive pricing, great looking car, smooth fast ride, very good in safety, comfort and convenience considerations, very good fuel economy, very nice sound system and lastly the Nav system scree is perfect and easy to use.

Bad News:

Cargo only adequate.

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, 17” alloy wheels, electronic parking brake, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, dual front, side and full length side curtain airbags, LATCH (lower Anchor and Tether for Children) system, traction and stability control systems, stability management system, hill start assist control, tire pressure monitor, climate control, power windows and locks and power heated folding outside mirrors with turn signal lights, Infinity audio with 8 speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, Navigation system with 8” rear camera display, Bluetooth wireless technology, leather trimmed seats, 10-way power driver seat with memory, 4-way power passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, remote keyless entry push button start with smart key, heated leather wrapped steering wheel, power folding mirrors, 10 year / 100,000 limited powertrain warranty.

Gas Stats:

$2.65 Gal avg. March 26, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

35 City and 39 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $33,000.

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