2016 Kia Optima
The Kia Optima was first introduced at the New York Auto Show five years ago. This year, Kia executives again used the Big Apple to unveil the redesigned, second generation of the midsize sedan.
The 2016 model is slightly longer, taller and wider, resulting in more headroom, shoulder room and rear-seat legroom, as well as additional trunk capacity, without compromising its athletic appearance.
Built in West Point, Georgia, the Optima has three engine choices. Two of the engines -- the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder -- are available in the current model, but have been retuned for improved gas mileage and increased performance. New for 2016 is a 178-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed transmission that provides a sporty driving experience without compromising fuel economy.
New features include high-intensity headlights that follow the road around corners, a new seat design for improved comfort and heated and ventilated front seats. New technology includes features to monitor teen drivers (such as speed and curfew alerts), two fast-charging USB ports, a rear camera display with 360-degree view on some models and smartphone connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The all-new Optima is expected to go on sale late this year. Pricing wasn't announced, but the 2015 Optima starts at $21,690.