I’ve written about my travel experiences with the Kia Optima before. Each one is always different and unique. I can thank Kia for that. This last media trip was no different. We were sent to one of the most scenic places I’ve even been—Aspen, Colorado. I mean, where else would you want to get behind the wheel of the 2016 Kia Optima? The twist and turns of Independence Pass really put this sedan to the test! My fellow car lovers out there will appreciate this.
OK…first we have to talk about how the elevation of Aspen, about 7900 feet above sea level, really wanted to mess with this experience. It was really trying me. But, I was not going to let it win. I was surrounded by the nature and beauty of these mountains. Something I don’t normally see in Los Angeles. My driving buddy Mark and I picked the SX Limited model for our drive. As you can see, it’s a beauty.
After a smooth day of driving through and around the mountains of Aspen and Vail in the 2016 Kia Optima, there are a few things that really stood out:
- The complete redesign of the exterior. It’s sleek, modern, and sporty all in one. And I’ve always been a fan of the tiger nose grill.
- I felt very safe in this vehicle. This Optima uses more than 50.1% Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), a 150% increase over the previous model.
- So insanely comfortable and convenient. Hello rear sunshade and charging ports for your rear passengers. I’m also impressed with the 6-way seat adjustment for the passenger seat as well as available 10-way passenger and 12-way driver power-adjustable seats.
- Help where it’s needed, even if you don’t think you need it. The Surround View Monitor (SVM) is amazing with it’s bird’s eye view, which helped us get in and out of tight parking spaces.
The 2016 Kia Optima is a true contender in the sedan market if you ask me. If you’re shopping around for one, don’t hesitate to take this one for a test drive!
Disclosure: I was invited to this event as a member of the press. Any and all opinions in this post are true and my own.