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They are really going European with the way they do things. Wonder how soon until the move the light from the stalk to the dash and put some of the computer functions on the stalk.


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2016 Optima SXL (but I'm guessing applies to all the redesigned models).

So you just washed your car and you want to pull the wiper blades out of the way so you can dry your windshield. And you realize it cannot be done as the hood is in the way?!?

Yes, you now cannot fold out the wiper arms from the windshield when they are in the off position. (They are recessed more deeply than on my 2012 and the metal wiper arm hits the back lip of the hood when bent at the hinge.)

So I got out the trusty manual and discovered that if within 20 seconds of shutting off the car, if you push up on your wiper control arm by the steering wheel to the "mist" setting and hold for two seconds, the wipers move up and stop in the middle of their arc, so that you can then fold the wiper blades away from the glass and wipe it off.

Once the car is started again or the accessories are powered, it returns to its recessed position.
Funny. My wife's Volvo is like that, the wipers hit the hood also. I thought this was stupid at first, but then I decided to see what the manual said about changing blades. Same deal, you have to put them into "service position" much the same way as you found.

We are not alone: The Windshield-Wiper "Service Position" Explained – Feature – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
 

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If this hasn't been said if you unlock the car doesn't matter what trim level you have the Car will auto-lock in 60 Seconds if you don't open any door on the car
 

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If this hasn't been said if you unlock the car doesn't matter what trim level you have the Car will auto-lock in 60 Seconds if you don't open any door on the car
Yep page 45.
 
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-Something I found out today by accident. If you are listening to the radio while the car is off and you want to switch ignition to on so you can roll down the window, after you switch the ignition to on you can actually depress and hold the button on the shifter and then press the push start to go back to the ACC position. So instead of having to go from On back to Off then back to ACC you can just go straight from On to ACC. I wish I found this out earlier because I hated how the radio would go off just cause I had to open or close a window. I hope this helps someone!
 

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-Something I found out today by accident. If you are listening to the radio while the car is off and you want to switch ignition to on so you can roll down the window, after you switch the ignition to on you can actually depress and hold the button on the shifter and then press the push start to go back to the ACC position. So instead of having to go from On back to Off then back to ACC you can just go straight from On to ACC. I wish I found this out earlier because I hated how the radio would go off just cause I had to open or close a window. I hope this helps someone!
Yep, I found this out when I was installing the new faces knob. Good one! If the car thinks the button is pushed in, it will turn off the car but leave it in ACC mode.
 

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2016 Optima SXL (but I'm guessing applies to all the redesigned models).

So you just washed your car and you want to pull the wiper blades out of the way so you can dry your windshield. And you realize it cannot be done as the hood is in the way?!?

Yes, you now cannot fold out the wiper arms from the windshield when they are in the off position. (They are recessed more deeply than on my 2012 and the metal wiper arm hits the back lip of the hood when bent at the hinge.)

So I got out the trusty manual and discovered that if within 20 seconds of shutting off the car, if you push up on your wiper control arm by the steering wheel to the "mist" setting and hold for two seconds, the wipers move up and stop in the middle of their arc, so that you can then fold the wiper blades away from the glass and wipe it off.

Once the car is started again or the accessories are powered, it returns to its recessed position.
I tried this today on my 2016 EX and it worked.
The one difference was I had to run my wipers to get them back to the original position, it didn't happen when I turned the car on.
 

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A couple of weeks ago drove to Valley of Fire, north of Las Vegas. Once in the park, the scenery is beautiful. Lots of curves, some decent hills and a very strict speed limit. Overall a fun drive, especially once you leave the park and drive back to Las Vegas along Lake Mead.

So I’m driving along, fat, dumb and happy listening to music on the USB stick. As I rounded a curve, the navigation voice cuts in to tell me “curve ahead.” Thought I was hearing things. Awhile later, it did it again. But it didn’t do it on every curve. Not sure if it’s built into the system or if one of the cameras is recognizing the curve sign. When I got home, I checked the navigation manual, saw there is a setting for this. No real explanation of what it does, or how it does it, but thought it was interesting. I’ve been on a couple of other rural type drives with some good curves, but never got the curve message.

I had the car it in Sport Mode not so much for the engine response as for the tighter steering. I was able to also try the paddle shifters as well as the lever. Don’t get much of a chance to do that with my mainly city traffic driving. Found that I could go into 6[SUP]th[/SUP] gear, when I wasn’t under any load and watched the tach drop. Figured I might save a bit on gas.
 

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I drive at highway speeds about 80% of the time, so my cluster always shows that I'm averaging 30+mpg. I assume the computer uses that to calculate the estimate range before empty. After filling up my car last week, I noticed the estimated range said 549 miles. I was surprised by how high this was (it usually only shows about 520 miles), but I was even more surprised when I drove about 5 miles, looked at the cluster again, and it still read 549 miles. I thought it was broken until about 10 miles later when it finally showed 545 miles remaining. It's been steadily falling ever since. Did I max out the meter? Can it only display 549 even though the car can theoretically go further?
 

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if you have auto hold on, park the car and shut it off with your foot on the brake, it applies the parking break automatically...
 

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If you’re using the built in Qi charging pad on the 2016 SX-L, if you shut your car off but leave the phone on the pad, the center console pops a warning up stating “device on wireless charger”,to remind you to take your phone! Pretty cool! Just started using the charger with the new iPhone X.
 

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Is there any thread on here that compared the 11-13 SX-L to 14-15 SX-L model? The 14 & 15 SX-L models have laminated windshield and front windows. I'm curious how big of improvement in term of cabin noise.
 

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If your Optima won't start when you press the start button, try holding it down for about 10 seconds. These cars rely on the brake light switch to let the computer know your foot is on the brake. If that switch fails, the car won't start. Holding the start button down will bypass the brake light switch and allow the engine to start. Try it...get in your car and press the start button without putting your foot on the brake. It will do everything it usually does...light the dash up...move the seat forward...but it won't start and the light in the button will be orange. Now hold it down for approx 10 seconds and it should start up. Obviously, if your brake light switch has failed, you won't have brake lights so it's definitely something you'll want to repair immediately.
 

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The glovebox doubles as a cooler. Open the vent in the back of the glovebox when you are running your air. Itll keep sodas and sandwiches cool.
 

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The glovebox doubles as a cooler. Open the vent in the back of the glovebox when you are running your air. Itll keep sodas and sandwiches cool.
Welcome to the Optima Forums.

This is an excellent tip, but just remember, you need to keep the AC on to have that work properly.

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I didn't see this in the manual, but if you leave your wheels turned when you shut off the car, it walks you through straightening them when you start it again.
I am a new 2016 EX owner and found this out. It's a neat feature.
 

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i have found that there is better sound quality playing music from a usb stick or the aux cable versus the bluetooth on your phone. Having your phone connected denies you the choice to chane the audio volume settings like,bass,treble,and middle position while the other 2 options allow it to sound so much better. atleast in my opinion.
Driving with the traction control button off gives me much better control of driving the vehicle,as well,especially in the rain or winter months, it took me forever to discover the eco button on my steering wheel.
 

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Driving with the traction control button off gives me much better control of driving the vehicle,as well,especially in the rain or winter months...
I guess to each his/her own, as far as the wisdom of disabling traction control when driving in rainy and/or wintery conditions--not unless there is anecdotal evidence that the Kia traction control does a very poor job of keeping your vehicle under control when loss of traction occurs. I do hear/read about how some folks just don't care for vehicle nanny control but many folks--even including some car magazine writers who test vehicles for a living--recommend that traction control be enabled for such conditions, arguing that TCS in modern vehicles do a much better job of maintaining vehicle control during loss of traction than most average drivers are capable of doing themselves.

I should also add that for many non-sportscar passenger vehicles, TCS isn't 100% disabled even if you press the button to disable/disengage it.
 
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