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August 19, 2016 by Anne Kelley

2016 Kia Optima Upholstery, Features and Trim

Leather or Cloth Seats

When it comes to seating upholstery what is the first thing that comes to mind when choosing between leather and cloth seating? There are a couple of reasons that come to my mind:

  1. Children, a lot of people request leather because they have children and children tend to spill liquids and cloth seats stain with spills while leather repels spills.
  2. The love of luxury is another reason why people choose to upgrade to leather. People with leather car upholstery desire the finest of comforts and luxury.
  3. Rotten milk comes to mind because rotten milk is the toughest smell to get out of a car. It doesn’t matter if a 6-year-old or 60-year-old spills it, cloth and carpet latch onto milk like they were made to be together.
  4. Leather seats get really hot or really cold, so keeping a mini blanket in the car on those super-hot or super cold days is a good thing to keep you comfortable.

What about the 2016 Kia Optima Seating? There are lots of seating options and I’m here to educate you on these options per trim level. To read the chart below, S=Standard, O=Optional, N=Not Available.


2016 Kia Optima Seating

In both the Optima LX and LX 1.6T there is no option for leather, so you are getting cloth car upholstery unless you do something custom in the future.

2016 Kia Optima LX Leather

The EX is the only 2016 Kia Optima model with leather seats coming standard. The difference between the EX Leather and the SX Leather is the EX has black stitching and the SX has red stitching.

2016 Kia Optima EX Leather

2016 Kia Optima SX Leather

With the 2016 Kia Optima, there is an option for Sport Leather Seating, Merlot. This is the only vehicle with this option. Not even the higher-end Optima SX Turbo Limited as the option of red leather seating.

2016 Kia Optima SX Red Leather

2016 Kia Optima SX Red Leather

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