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Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2016 Kia Optima SX-L for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.
Kia’s redesigned-for-2016 Optima sedan lineup is expanding for 2017 with the addition of two new fuel-efficient models. The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid are both introduced under Kia’s environmentally focused EcoDynamics sub-brand. They are part of Kia’s initiative to increase fuel efficiency by 25 percent across its entire model lineup by 2020.
Class: Midsize Car
Dates tested: 1/25/2016 – 2/05/2016
Miles Driven: 209
Fuel Used: 7.2 gallons
Class: Midsize Car
Dates tested: 11/09/2015 – 11/23/2015
Miles Driven: 474
Fuel Used: 24.1 gallons
Kia unveiled a redesigned version of its popular midsize sedan at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The 2016 Optima is slightly longer, taller and wider than its predecessor, which gives it marginally improved passenger and cargo room. Despite the all-new body, the overall look is a fairly subtle evolution of the existing Optima’s styling.
2014 Kia Optima SX Turbo
Dates tested: 7/21/2014-8/04/2014
Miles Driven: 633
Fuel Used: 26.1 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 24.3 mpg
Kia is debuting three products at the 2013 New York Auto Show, which completes the company’s plan to launch seven new or significantly freshened vehicles during the four major U.S. auto shows (Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, New York).
The debut of the 2014 Kia Forte Koup in New York marks the final new model in this compact car’s stable. Kia has performed a gradual rollout of the 2014 Forte, starting with the sedan’s launch at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and following with the 5-door hatchback at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
I recently tested three versions of the 2012 Kia Optima, and I noticed in each one that the vehicle-information display, between the speedometer and tachometer, contains a little picture of the car. The image is always displayed and, curiously, varies with model: a profile view in one, a rear-three-quarter angle in another, a front aspect in the third.
We’ll admit that when the first wave of fastback-roofed sport-utility vehicles started hitting the market, kicked off by the BMW X6 back in 2008, we didn’t really “get it.” Why would an automaker take a vehicle that’s primarily designed for utility—heck, the word is right in the name!—and deliberately turn it into something less practical?