2016 Kia Optima LX vs. LX 1.6T vs. SX Limited Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg FL

The 2016 Kia Optima is one sweet ride, as many would attest, including experts like Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, who named it a Best Buy for 2016. And why is this? Is it because Christopher Walken does ads for it? While we do love those fun ads, it's because the Optima is a great-looking European sport-styled sedan that has fantastic value at an affordable price, especially at Friendly Kia, where all models are priced to save you several thousand dollars off of MSRP.

While all 2016 Kia Optima models are also recognized by industry expert IIHS as a Top Safety Pick for 2016, making it one of the safest midsize sedans on the road, we're going to break down the difference between the different trim levels as we look at the 2016 Kia Optima LX vs. 2016 Kia Optima LX 1.6T vs. 2016 Kia Optima SX Limited, available on lots nationwide and at Friendly Kia serving the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL area.

The 2016 Optima features great fuel economy in all models and has three potential powertrains. Base LX trims and EX trims come with a potent 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 185 HP. This is power right off the bat, and which can be yours for less than $17,000 at Friendly Kia with VIP Pricing. On the tech side, the 2016 Optima EX has available UVO eServices, which give you the power to sync up your phone and control navigation, music, and more. Check out that fuel economy, too, with 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway in base models.

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2016 Kia Optima LX & EX 2016 Kia Optima LX 1.6T 2016 Kia Optima SX & SX Limited
Friendly Kia VIP Price: $16,820 Friendly Kia VIP Price: $18,490 Friendly Kia VIP Price: $24,165
2.4L 4-cyl engine, 185 HP 1.6L 4-cyl turbocharged engine, 178 HP 2.0L 4-cyl turbocharged engine, 245 HP
6 speakers standard, 10 available 6 speakers 6 or 10 speakers (SX); 10 speakers (SX Limited)
Cloth seat trim Leather seat trim Seat trim: Sport Leather (SX); Quilted Nappa Leather (SX Limited)
MPG: 25 city, 37 highway (LX); 24 city, 35 highway (EX) MPG: 28 city, 39 highway MPG: 22 city, 32 highway

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A perhaps lesser-known trim level of the 2016 Kia Optima is the LX 1.6T, which comes with a compact 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that still pumps out 178 HP and gets a trim-level-best 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway. Now that's value. And the LX 1.6T also features an upgrade in comfort, as the seating trim is leather. UVO eServices are also available.

At the top of the line is the SX and SX Limited trim levels, and they have a street-clearing 245 HP underneath the hood, as well as the finest seating trim, with sport leather for the SX and decadent quilted Nappa Leather for the SX Limited. In these models you will have UVO eServices standard, giving you the best tech experience with control of music and voice-command navigation. You also get an upgrade in speakers, to a Harman/Kardon 10-speaker masterpiece available, making your soundtrack really pop.

Here's the deal: The 2016 Kia Optima is a stunner in any trim level, as its 2016 Red Dot Design Award can attest, and they come at a superior price at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area. Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit us so you can take the Kia Optima for a test drive and command the streets as effortlessly as Blake Griffin slam dunks over his opponents.

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