2015 was a great year in the automotive industry with the debut of new models, high-tech gadgetry, and more engine power, while answering the challenges of gas conservation and the demands for all-electric. KIA’s 2016 Optima SX LTD successfully proves that there still can be room for improvement on last year’s already sound four-door sedan with enhancements to the body and cabin, and refinement of numerous driver-friendly features.
KIA’s extraordinary surge over the last decade has made them one of the top brands with no signs of regression; their 2016 KIA Optima SX LTD solidifies this position. Its sleek body is beautified with HID headlights boasting auto leveling and dynamic bending; a full panoramic sunroof to provide both the front and backseat passengers with optimal stargazing; 18-inch alloy wheels; and sport LED rear tail lights collectively spell “sexy” effortlessly.
The interior is equally impressive. The cushy, quilted “Aubergine Nappa” leather seats are temperature controlled, and Harmon Kardon’s QLS premium surround sound system puts ears in bliss. Bluetooth wireless technology, Sirius XM capability (the first three months are free), dual-zone climate control, and electronic stability control leave the passengers with little to be desired.
As for the driving experience, everyone will have to draw straws in order to get behind the wheel thanks to the extensive list of amenities such as the front collision warning system, rear parking assist, a brilliant eight-inch monitor with navigation, advanced smart cruise control, blind spot detection, and surround view monitor for full awareness of anything near. Activating the push-button start, the 2.0-liter turbo engine controlled by a six-speed automatic transmission is set to push out 245 horses, which is more than satisfactory for four cylinders and of equal importance, gas conservation at a combined 25 miles per gallon. Its value seals the deal at a generous $36,615 with all the fixings.
Ultimately, 2016 is destined to be an even more impressive year drivers will be happy to embrace thanks largely to KIA.
MPG: 22 city/32 highway, 25 combined
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