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2016 Kia Optima Hybrid : Winner of the WOW issue!

“WOW” was the primary expression that got here to thoughts once I first check drove the 2016 Kia Optima EX Hybrid.  The gracefully aggressive trying exterior is tamed by the luxurious and sporty inside.  A Double-WOW is skilled as soon as you discover out all of the thrilling options hardly talked about on the dealership, and find yourself being a super-surprising expertise as soon as you discover them out, by happenstance.

Now, for the Nitty Gritty of the 2016 Kia Optima EX Hybrid


2016 Kia Optima Front Headlights

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid has a really elegant, stylish and equally imply and aggressive look.  Notably the EX mannequin with the piercing headlights, this Optima calls for consideration when it exhibits up in your rearview mirror.

Added to the latest variations of the 2011-2016 Optima physique types, the headlights are topped by the upward curved LED Daylight operating lights.  Simply having these lights on alone make the automobile look even meaner, resembling frowning eyebrows.

The fog lights on the higher trims (EX / SX) add to the sportiness of the bumper, particularly those with the 4 LED lights seen within the picture.


When the redesigned Optima got here to market, it caught everybody abruptly.  The boring assortment of steel (pre-2011 Kia Optima fashions) reworked into the aggressive and attractive beast, because of Kia’s sensible choices to rent some kick-ass automobile designers.

One of many design components that actually struck a elaborate and made the Kia Optima stand out was the curved tail mild… no less than that’s what made me discover the Kia Optima and develop a crush ( on the higher trims and the hybrids, to be particular)

For sure, I used to be sorely upset when, ranging from the 2014 mannequin, they crammed within the hole left by the upward curve, which was the most effective a part of the tail mild.  Nonetheless, the extra I noticed the brand new tail lights, particularly at evening lit with the LED lights, my love affair renewed (a lot in order that I ended up leasing a 2016 Kia Optima EX Hybrid!).

Kia optima Tail Light Comparison


2016 Kia Optima Hybrid InteriorThe inside of the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid (EX) far exceeds a lot of its rivals, and even matches up with luxurious manufacturers in equivalent to BMW, Lexus, Infinity. 

The leather-based seats are inviting, sporty and comfy.  The center armrest is vast and sufficiently big to be an actual “armrest”.

The inside ambient lighting was a really pleasurable discovery which makes nighttime driving an exhilarating expertise.

The 2016 Kia Optima’s dashboard centerpiece is a really helpful and simply accessible infotainment system, which incorporates the Kia UVO.  Coupled with Android Auto / Apply Carplay, this technique turns into a top-notch copilot.

Kia designers have executed an outstanding job on the visible consolation and attraction of the instrument cluster.  The gas, automobile temperature, and hybrid battery gauges are lights as a substitute of handbook dials, which actually makes a terrific impression and impression of high-tech! 

I’m nonetheless perplexed as to those self same designers reverted again to the outdated model dials within the newer fashions of Kia…

why damage a great factor Kia???  See my assessment of the 2017 Kia Sportage the place I point out the identical difficulty

Having twin temperature management is a good plus, and assist keep away from driver/passenger disagreements on lengthy journeys 🙂  The dials are a great measurement, properly coloured and clean to show.  Equally useful in avoiding arguments is the Seat Reminiscence characteristic, in terms of a number of drivers.

The Begin button is Attractive!  Equally attractive are the “Eco” and “Communication” paddles on the backside of the steering wheels buttons.

The steering wheel has nearly every little thing you would want for a hands-free drive.  Kia designers have executed a great job of getting security in thoughts.

Lastly, as soon as you might be comfortably located within the cockpit, you possibly can benefit from the thrilling journey with the soundtrack of your favourite tunes emanating crystal clear from the Infinity audio system all through the inside


2016 Kia Optima Exciting FeaturesNow for the thrilling options.

  1. Android Auto – Regardless that the EX trim comes with manufacturing facility navigation, I take advantage of Android Auto on a regular basis.  Visitors data and journey estimates are far more correct than the manufacturing facility navigation system.
  2. Auto Maintain – immensely pleasurable when stopped at a pink mild: you possibly can transfer your foot off the brake pedal whereas the automobile brakes for you (if activated).  I do know it’s a small factor within the grand scheme of issues, however its existence actually raised the automobile’s worth perspective.
  3. Warmth Heaters – Entrance Seats (particular person – multi-level)
  4. Warmth Heaters – Again Seat (indivudla – very good shock)
  5. Warmth Coolers – Entrance Seats (particular person – multi-level)
  6. Inside Ambient Lighting – Attractive amber coloration lighting brings a soothing ambiance to the inside of the automobile, highlighted by the super-awesome accents on the backside of the doorways, the world in entrance of the transmission stick (the place the USBs are) and the periphery of the cupholders (very very cool!)
    AND, Lastly, probably the most thrilling and coolest characteristic….drum roll…
  7. Self-Folding Sideview Mirrors – They robotically unfold if you strategy the automobile along with your key, and fold if you lock and stroll away from the automobile.  So superior, and makes you look very cool! 
IN CONCLUSION – 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid EX

2016 Kia Optima HybridAfter I drew automobiles in my youthful days, a few of my favourite and most-proud-of designs appeared just like the 2016 Kia Optima, which is why I used to be very drawn to this mannequin and ended up leasing one. 

I can’t say sufficient good issues in regards to the 2016 Kia Optima.  It’s a horny trying automobile, with nice know-how, thrilling options, and total, such nice worth for its value that makes Lexus and BMW homeowners assume twice



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