2016 Kia Optima: Make Heads Turn & Drive Like a Boss

Thanks to my friends over at Drive Shop, I was provided the 2016 Kia Optima to test drive for a week. As always, all opinions are my own.

I recently had the pleasure of cruising around town in this beautiful turbocharged 2016 Kia Optima. Now, I was expecting a “nice” car, one I wouldn’t mind driving for a week. But have you ever got dressed to the nines and walked in the room with your head held high because you just knew that all eyes were on you? And you know it was because you looked SO good? Well, that’s how I felt every time I drove around in this car.

First of all, let’s just look at the color…and drool together.

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2016 Kia Optima 8

Oh and it got better on the inside with the red stitching on black, soft leather. For me comfort is key, but sexy is a bonus. And the Optima has both.

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2016 Kia Optima 2

And just like it’s sister, the Optima had me at the first hello (*que Adele*). If you’re looking for comfort, style and functionality, this car has it. If you’re looking for a good mid-sized sedan, you’ll want to add the Optima to your list of cars to test drive. And to be honest, my husband is in the market for a new car. It’s hard to impress him. Like, really hard. And he was impressed with this car.

I tried to tell y’all last time: don’t sleep on Kia. And the Optima did not make me a liar. They confirmed what I found to be true. They have redefined luxury and I am a fan. It’s sleek, fun and fly. It made for a smooth ride and allowed for speed with ease (of course, not that I would drive over the speed limit, but it’s got some great turbo).

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2016 Kia Optima 10

What I loved is something I found out by accident. Have you ever been blinded at night by people who don’t know how to turn their high beams off when they have cars approaching or behind you? Well, with the 2016 Kia Optima, you don’t ever have to worry about being THAT person. Why? Because it has built-in sensors that automatically turn on and off when you’re in badly lit areas. When it senses a car approaching, it will turn off, then turn back on again as needed. I think every car needs this feature so people can stop being blinded once and for all.

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All in all, I can say I was kinda crushing on this little red ride.

Have you crushed on any new rides lately?




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  • Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)
    February 19, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Loving the color! It’s hot. That red stitching detail on the leather steering wheel is fabulous. It shows they really spent a lot of time on the interior design which is great because that’s what you and your passengers enjoy most. You had me at turbo! I’m jealous…lol
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  • Kim
    February 23, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    First, I love the black interior with red stitching. The sensor that turns off the headlights or on when you’re approaching a car is amazing. I hate that!

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