The 2016 Optima's roomier interior means its got more space than benchmark models like Honda's Accord and Toyota's Camry. Material quality is comprehensively improved, with Nappa leather in Merlot and Aubergine shades available on top-trim SXL versions.
After driving the new Optima on a series of twisty roads in the Nevada mountains outside Las Vegas we were impressed with the car's balance of performance and luxury, even on base LX models. Increased insulation around the dash, acoustic laminated front windows and larger cross-member bushings all contribute to a quieter, smoother ride with improved handling dynamics.
Several new features appear on the 2016 Kia Optima, including upgraded safety and convenience options like smart cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, directional high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights (they turn with the steering wheel), and a standard rearview camera.