2016 Kia Optima Priced from $22,665, Adds New LX Turbo Trim
Small increases across the board.
Kia released pricing information on the updated Optima sedan for the 2016 model year. The 2016 Kia Optima debuted at the 2015 New York auto show, and showcased a smoothed-over exterior, a longer wheelbase and wider body, a restyled interior, and some technology improvements.
For 2016, the base Optima LX model comes in at the same $22,665 as the outgoing 2015. While the LX is still powered by the same 184-hp, 2.4-liter four cylinder, the LX gets a new "LX Turbo" trim level that begins at $24,815, including destination. This new model comes with a brand-new 1.6-liter turbocharged four cylinder hooked up to a dual clutch transmission, pushing out 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
The mid-priced EX model gets a very slight price increase of $550, bumping it up to $25,715 including destination. The EX still comes with the same naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine as the base LX.
The SX trim, which used the 2.4-liter engine, has been eliminated for the 2016 Kia Optima. The next step up is this the SX Turbo, which packs a 245-hp punch from the 2.0-liter turbo four, and comes in at $30,515. The 2.0-liter turbo-four loses 27 hp for 2016, but gains better fuel economy and improved low-end torque. The engine now provides 260 lb-ft from 1,350-4,500 rpm, whereas the 2015 model produced 269 lb-ft from 1,650 rpm.
At the top of the 2016 Kia Optima spectrum, the Optima Limited has been renamed the SXL, and stickers in at $36,615, a boost of $290 over the outgoing model. Check back next week for our first drive review of the refreshed Kia Optima.