2016 Kia Optima 1.6T Review

2016 Kia Optima 1.6T Review - When it debuted at the New York vehicle show in 2010, the now-outgoing Kia Optima wowed viewers with its undermined roofline and also determined visage, writtened under the direction of design boss Peter Schreyer. That Optima developed Kia's current style language, as well as the brand-new, 2016 version doesn't stray far from the script, with the tiger-nose grille, the arc of chrome along the roof covering edge, and the beltline that sweeps up at the back. Details might have altered, and the vehicle is 1.1 inches broader and a bit much longer, however no person will certainly perplex the new auto with anything yet an Optima.
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Two of the three available engines rollover. The essential 2.4-liter four-cylinder is a naturally aspirated device making 185 horse power as well as 178 lb-ft of torque; it's found under the hood of the base LX and also the mid-level EX-SPOUSE. At the top end, the 2.0-liter turbo returns brandishing 245 horsepower and also 260 lb-ft; it powers the SX as well as the SXL. Both obtain a six-speed automatic. New to the event is the engine in our test car: a 1.6-liter turbo 4 wed to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated. Its 178-hp outcome is the most affordable of the group, however its 195 lb-ft of torque betters the 2.4-liter.

Available just in the LX 1.6 T, the 1.6-liter is created to be the most efficient offering of the lot (apart from the Optima hybrid, still based on the previous-gen vehicle), and its EPA records of 28/39 mpg city/highway go to the top of the class. Its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, however, is a welcome break from the rising trend of CVTs in this group. It credibly imitates the smoothness of a torque-converter automated at low rates and supplies well-timed changes under acceleration. That acceleration is pretty spry for a green person, helped by the fact that the Optima LX 1.6 T danced across our ranges at 3241 extra pounds-- greater than 300 extra pounds less than the 2.0-liter SX. That figure is about on the same level with a four-cylinder Honda Accord.

2016 Kia Optima 1.6T Review

It's likewise greater than 200 extra pounds lighter compared to the Ford Blend 1.5-liter EcoBoost, which is probably the Optima LX 1.6 T's most direct rival. In a battle in between those 2 eco-misers, the Kia beams. Engine output is basically a draw-- the Kia's 1.6-liter makes 3 fewer horse power yet 10 lb-ft a lot more torque compared to the Ford's 1.5-liter EcoBoost-- but the Optima's gas economy is better by 3 mpg in the city and also 2 mpg on the motorway (which's detecting the Blend its optional auto stop-start system). And when it's time to put your foot down, the Kia's 7.3-second zero-to-60 time trounces the Ford's 8.2-second outcome.

Actually, the case could conveniently be made that the 1.6 is the best of the three Optima powerplants. The 2.0-liter turbo got to 60 mph only half a second much faster in our examination, at a cost of 6 mpg in the city as well as 7 mpg on the freeway. The 2.4-liter four (which we checked in the Optima's close kin, the Hyundai Sonata) is both slower, at 7.9 seconds to 60, and thirstier. Speaking of the Sonata, when we examined the 1.6 turbo in that vehicle-- where it's supplied in the Sonata Eco-- it was even quicker, striking 60 in 6.7 secs; that suggests our Optima, which had less than 500 miles on the clock, may have done also much better with a much more broken-in engine.

The LX 1.6 T rides on the Optima's common suspension, not the "sport-tuned" version located in the SX and also the SXL; however, it need not make any apologies for its ride. Happily tied down without excessive physical body movements, it's likewise compliant enough to alleviate harsh pavement, helped by this variation's 65-series rubber on 16-inch wheels. The low-rolling-resistance tires, nonetheless, resulted in a lengthy stopping range of 185 feet from 70 miles per hour, although roadholding was a commendable 0.83 g.
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That the 1.6-liter engine can be found in only one trim degree could be its main disadvantage. One improve from the base LX, the LX 1.6 T is fairly well outfitted (Bluetooth, a data backup cam, keyless access), however if you want natural leather, seat heating units, or navigating, you need to climb up the ladder. The choices listing does, nonetheless, consist of navigation, a blind-spot warning system, as well as rear cross-traffic alert.

2016 Kia Optima 1.6T Review

At this level, interior products are rather standard, with lots of grained black plastic, yet at the very least the steering wheel is wrapped in smooth natural leather, the armrests are halfway decent padded, and also the console has abundant storage. The previous Optima's more driver-oriented dashboard has actually been changed by a new design that emphasizes the log cabin's size. It's a straightforward interior decoration with a gimmick-free layout of the controls that recalls the Honda Accord. The comfortable sitting location is improved by a popular dead pedal for the driver, as well as fairly thin pillars and also a low cowl manage excellent exposure. The rear boasts plentiful legroom and also appropriate clearance under the sloping roofline along with a short-trip-appropriate middle location.
The 2011 version brought the Optima in from the subprime fringe of the mid-size-sedan market, and the redesigned version ought to keep it there. While not one of the most effective or lavish variation, the LX 1.6 T may be its most interesting, supplying pain-free frugality that needs to speak with price-conscious car customers.

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