CARS.COM — With its 2016 redesign the Kia Optima grew in length, but more importantly for families, it increased its rear legroom too. The 2016 Optima has 35.6 inches of rear legroom, up nearly an inch compared with the 2015 version. This means our rear-facing child-safety seats fit well in the rear seats, and it’s likely that gangly teens will too.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The Optima has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. The anchors sit under hinged covers, making them easy to use. Three tether anchors are on the rear shelf behind the head restraints; they’re well-marked and easy to use.
- Our rear-facing infant seat installed easily into the Optima’s backseat. We had to move the front passenger seat forward slightly to fit this car seat behind it, but our 5-foot-6 tester still had plenty of legroom.
- Both the forward- and rear-facing convertible seat installed easily and fit well.
- After we raised the rear seat’s head restraint, our high-back booster seat also installed easily.
What We Don’t
- We found the rear seat belt buckle stalks to be too short for young kids in booster seats to use independently.