2016 Kia Optima Hybrid review

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Kia Optima Hybrid highlights

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  • Unique exterior design
  • Contemporary interior design
  • Quiet ride


  • Gas-only models were redesigned for 2016
  • Rear headroom
  • Stiff front seats

Mileage (EPA estimate)

35 city, 39 highway, 37 combined

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Attractive hybrid sedan

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid carries on, virtually unchanged, for a third year, while the non-hybrid models get a full redesign. The exterior and interior design set it apart from other midsize sedans. Optima Hybrid models still seamlessly merge style and hybrid fuel economy into one compelling sedan. If you are looking for a well-rounded and attractive midsize sedan that will help you avoid gas pumps, the Optima Hybrid may be for you.

All Kia Optima Hybrid years

What is new for the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid?

  • The Optima Hybrid is available in a new trim called the Base.
  • The LX trim has been discontinued for 2016.
  • Rear Spoiler features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The EX trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid

1. Sleek and modern exterior design 

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid wears a head-turning design characterized by clean lines and updated front and rear bumpers. With an aerodynamic profile, the distinctive “Tiger Nose” grille, and LED accent lighting, the 2016 Optima is set apart from its non-hybrid counterparts. Nevertheless, the 2016 Optima Hybrid successfully combines style along with its hybrid mission for a sedan that will help you keep on cruising past gas stations. 

2. Hybrid powertrain 

The 199-hp gas-electric hybrid system powering the front wheels provides a frugal driving experience. With the six-speed automatic, this setup get an EPA-estimated 38 mpg on the highway.

 This continues to make the Optima Hybrid a strong contender for roomy vehicles that are not too thirsty at the pump. 

3. Upscale interior 

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid impresses with a refined interior, featuring standard dual-zone automatic climate controls, optional heated and ventilated front seats, available heated rear seats, and an optional panoramic glass sunroof. Its contemporary design has stood the test of time, exuding a sense of upscale sophistication. The inclusion of an optional heated steering wheel further enhances the comfort, making the interior a standout versus other midsize sedans. 

4. Sophisticated ride 

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid delivers a superb ride, blending responsive handling with a smooth driving experience. Its well-tuned suspension absorbs imperfections in the road effortlessly, while providing a refined and composed ride. The cabin is well insulated, thanks in part to the available laminated windshield, minimizing road noise and enhancing the overall peacefulness of the Optima. With a balance of comfort and dynamic handling, this hybrid sedan stands out for its driving experience. 

5. Technology 

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid boasts a range of updated technologies, enhancing comfort and convenience. The infotainment system uses a touchscreen interface with an available eight-inch screen with navigation. Bluetooth® connectivity allows for hands-free communication, while available features like an eight-speaker Infinity® sound system with HD Radio and SiriusXM connectivity add to your experience behind the wheel. Assistance features like blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warnings contribute to the overall technology offerings that make this 2016 Optima Hybrid a well-equipped midsize sedan. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.7 out of 5

3 customer reviews

Kia Optima Hybrid features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Infinity Sound System
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 45.5"/R 34.7"

Head room

F 40"/R 37.6"

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