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By KBB.com Editors on November 12, 2015 2:45 PM
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2016 Kia Optima

After years of winning fans with its sharp style, premium features and solid value, the 2016 Kia Optima has clawed its way to the top as this year’s Midsize Car Best Buy.

Like an athlete training a lifetime for victory, the Kia Optima has long been gunning for benchmark status among midsize sedans. The latest Optima, all new for 2016 and now in its fourth generation, has finally earned its crown.

As with any star player, the Optima’s success has come through constant improvement. Throughout its life this family sedan has persevered to be better, evolving from an also-ran when it debuted 15 years ago to what it is today: a refined, advanced, rewarding-to-drive midsize sedan with luxury looks at a mainstream price.

In keeping with our automotive-athlete analogy, let’s just say the outgoing Optima was no couch potato. It boasted high style, ample power and surprising amenities such as a heated steering wheel, climate-controlled seats and power-folding side mirrors. The all-new 2016 Kia Optima is even more focused, besting not only the outgoing model but edging out rivals in one of the market’s most competitive segments.

Power, Value and Technology

The 2016 Optima, made at Kia’s U.S. factory in Georgia, is available in five trims and with a choice of three engines, two of which use turbo power to do more with less. As expected from Kia, all versions bring a terrific sense of value, from a base LX with family-friendly qualities like a stain-resistant cloth interior and a height-adjustable passenger seat, to the luxury-like SXL with Nappa leather trim, 245-horsepower turbo engine and 10-speaker, 630-watt Harman/Kardon audio system. Innovative tech features include a surround-view camera, automatic emergency braking system, blind-spot monitoring and compatibility with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It adds up to a midsize sedan that’s easy to drive anywhere and one that feels — and looks — confident in any situation.

Roomy, Comfortable and Ergonomic

No matter which trim you choose, the Kia Optima has plenty of space for passengers and cargo. The cabin has grown compared to the outgoing model, and its generous trunk would do justice for a full-size sedan. It’s not just the amount of space that impresses, but how it’s laid out. Controls and switchgear are easy to see and use, whether you’re tuning a station on the HD Radio with the twist of a dial or toggling drive settings between Normal, Sport and Eco with the touch of a button via the standard Drive Mode system. Look closely and you’ll see (and feel) the details that make the Optima a star — the ribbed texture of the steering-wheel-mounted controls and the available rear window shades are but two examples that impressed our evaluators.

A Warranty with Confidence

Rounding out the qualities that make the 2016 Optima a Best Buy winner is its exceptional warranty. As with all new Kia vehicles, the Optima comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain that covers major components such as the engine and transmission — those major parts that every car owner dreads breaking.

It all makes the 2016 Kia Optima a Best Buy today and a savvy choice for the years ahead.