2016 Kia Optima Hybrid

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2016 Kia Optima Hybrid
2016 Kia Optima Hybrid

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Sharp styling
  • Cabin appointments
  • Gas mileage
  • Smooth automatic transmission

The bad:

  • Backseat headroom
  • Front seats need more cushioning

2 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Five-seat midsize hybrid sedan
  • Four-cylinder engine plus electric motor
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • EX luxury trim level available

2016 Kia Optima Hybrid review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The gas-only version of the Kia Optima midsize sedan was redesigned for 2016, but the Optima Hybrid covered here continues in the previous design.

The Optima Hybrid has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine that teams with an electric motor powered by a lithium-polymer battery to produce 199 horsepower total. Unlike most hybrids, the Optima has a six-speed automatic transmission instead of a continuously variable automatic.

New for 2016
There are no significant changes for 2016.

Significant Standard Features

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor
  • 47-kilowatt lithium-polymer battery
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Tire inflator kit
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power front seats
  • Navigation system
  • Backup camera
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


trouble from the day I bought it

Its a beautiful car inside and out, but having trouble with the hybrid system, The dash flashes check Hybrid system, shut car off, then surges at 40 km per hour, I'ts done this every since I bought the car, and mechanic in Canada don't know how to fix the problem, Now Kia Canada is involved, I sit in tears cause I have no help from anyone


Very reliable and nice drive

Perfect car for all your need in city and highway drive . Excellent gas mileage with fun drive and beautiful look. Tons of options in EX trim


Coolest Car I’ve Ever Owned!

I love this car and all of its amazing features! It is completely loaded and drives great! It is extremely fuel efficient and exactly what I need!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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