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2016 Kia Optima Hybrid

$13,213 — $21,037 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
37-38 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Backseat headroom
  • Front seats need more cushioning
2016 Kia Optima Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid
  • Five-seat midsize hybrid sedan
  • Four-cylinder engine plus electric motor
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • EX luxury trim level available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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
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

What drivers are saying

4.3
13 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

it?s gone now

by RegiDC from Laurel, Maryland on June 24, 2018

After owning this vehicle for only a little over a year I sold it due to Kia?s poor quality. This vehicle always cracked and popped as if it were made from cheap materials. Also, it has defects the ... Read full review

(4.0)

Superb Interior with lot of features

by 14Optima from Turlock on May 16, 2018

This car has all the features i was looking for... Premium audio, Navi... My only concern is the mileage. was expecting around 35-37 but getting only 31 MPG. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Optima Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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