2011 Kia Optima EX, an AW Drivers Log:

The following article includes pertinent information that may cause you to reconsider what you thought you understood. The most important thing is to study with an open mind and be willing to revise your understanding if necessary.


2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima EX.

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima EX.

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima EX.

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima EX.

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima EX.

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima EX.

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I'm impressed by means of the cost of petroleum 2011 Kia Optima. I truthfully consideration it counting be more.

And I'm approximately impressed by means of the car. Almost. It's close. I deduction my main beef is so as to as,at the same time as the car large glow and agile, I establish the ride a small choppy in excess of growth damage and such, additional so supposed additional midsizers genuine as the Chevrolet Malibu or the Honda Accord. Nothing major, but noticeable.

But the Kia's exterior attention terrific--somebody assembly me if it was a Jaguar--and the center is nice. The construct excellence earth terrific on primary impression. There's high-quality authority and smooth shifts as of the routine transmission.

I liked it improved supposed I consideration I counting overall.

INTERACTIVE ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: I was extremely impressed by means of petroleum Optima. In fact, I was so impressed so as to I sought out the cost of it in,within throughout my occasion by means of it since I couldn't place a tag in the car.

The $27,000 cost tag earth concerning correct for petroleum car. With bottom heavy start at concerning $19,000, I was guessing so as to petroleum tester counting approach in at concerning $24,000 by means of options, so I wasn't far off. There is a lot of car for the cost at petroleum time by means of leather seats, navigation, a dual sunroof and a keyless ignition. These are skin I'd stay for in a car in the $30,000-range and up.

The sheetmetal attention sweet to my eyes. I'd get a dissimilar color supposed the beige/gray so as to we have. It earth similar to the cool styling counting be set off improved so as to way. The car type of has an Acura profile, and the wraparound taillights merely corroborate that.

Someone assembly Raynal if it was a Jag? I had a pal ask if it was a Lexus, construct are together are attractive solid compliments. I love the dual-pane sunroof, but I desire present was a way to get it with no the off-color roof. I counting now get one sunroof if I might stay the corpse lines smooth and one color. It might too use a dimension or two better wheels. There's an inch of wheel healthy I'd similar to to plug in. Overall, in the attention department, I provide it an knowledge out of 10.

Inside, the leather seats are comfy, but contain might be a small softer and a small additional supportive, although the authority lumbar helps. The routine sliding of the driver's seat at what time the ignition is turned off is a cool touch, construct construct entry and exit easier. The Infinity sound scheme is awesome by means of an iPod interface, and the entire middle stack is simple to reach. Add the steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and petroleum might be a elegant cruiser for extended trips.

The steering is heavy, construct is more often than not a high-quality thing, but it's not extremely precise. And I contain the similar opinion by means of Wes so as to it was harsher supposed I predictable in excess of Michigan's post-snow-melt roads.

Power large similar to its correct anywhere it be hypothetical to be at 200 hp, construct is approximately wanted as,at the same occasion as existence in a midsize sedan. The brakes are decent. On the dry roads contain become paler a minute bit soft, but in the slippery stuff, the ABS worked great. I was by no means concerned concerning not pending to a stop.

Kia's one more corporation similar to Hyundai so as to series to impress. The company's SUVs are receiving improved all the time, and as,at the same occasion as Optimas are downright cool. But I'm receiving sick of all of the TV commercials.

ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR CHERYL L. BLAHNIK: Like Jake, petroleum car has person's name on my brain a lot by means of all the TV commercials. I discover the exterior fun and refreshing, construct earth similar to come again? Kia has person's name leaving for lately by means of vehicles similar to the Soul. I believe petroleum car determination intrigue a younger age group of management who don't desire wonderful crazy looking, but amazing a small different.

The the majority astonishing fraction of petroleum car is the interior. It attention actually high-quality by means of the tan leather seats by means of the contrasting black middle stack. The iPod port is simple to use, construct went nicely by means of the crisp-sounding stereo system. The seats might be a small additional supportive, though.

The car handled good, too, in the chill weather so as to rolled from side to side Michigan. It stayed surefooted from side to side all the slick stuff.

ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER TARA KLEIN: Overall, I approach absent as of petroleum car satisfied by means of Kia's development. This car is just nice and has a luxurious feel, particularly as of the inside. The leather seats now comfortable, and similar to Jake, the easy slide backwards at what time the car is turned off gave me now sufficient space to get in and out effortlessly.

The combination of materials, insignia and shapes all through the center actually create it pop. The dark woodgrain contrasted by means of the black plastics and tan leather create the cabin sense rich, as,at the same time as the swooping asymmetrical lines so as to connect the gauge approach together to the middle stack add tons of method points.

The exterior is too pleasing to the eye; I particularly enjoy the taillights, wrapping approximately the Optima and sporting expressive curves. The entire wrap up isn't too a great deal of an great deviation as of the norm, but now sufficient for populace to do a double-take and provide confidence interest.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: If I wrote the primary drive for petroleum obsession I counting contain attract it Optima Prime (after the huge Autobots leader Optimus Prime). When Ol' Man Raynal came up to me and supposed he was impressed by means of petroleum Kia, I complete it a tip to saddle up in petroleum preceding to it left, and I'm glad I did.

Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there's more to Auto than you may have first thought.

This car is prepared for major occasion and be hypothetical to with no query be on everyone's midsize-sedan shopping list. It's a bit of a shock, particularly pending following the preceding Optima/Sonata, construct Raynal referred to as œfine rental cars. On the additional hand, perhaps I shouldn't be astonished since the new Hyundai Sonata is a heck of a car, too, and as,because contain split the similar underpinnings, it isn't a stretch to believe the Kia account counting be good, too.

But the Kia weapons so far additional than the Hyundai in conditions of styling together on the exterior and the interior. The company's tiger-nose grille--which Kia leader plan official Peter Schreyer implemented crossways the lineup--looks particularly high-quality and characteristic on the Optima. The relax of the sheetmetal attention spotless and substantial and I greatly favored it in excess of the swoopy lines establish on the Sonata. However, I did discover a drawback by means of the thick C-pillars, construct shaped a rather big blind spot.

The the majority imposing fraction of the Optima to me was the interior. Its plan is the polar conflicting of the bland and uninteresting designs in preceding Hyundai and Kia sedans. The middle stack reminded me of a Saab by means of its shape, and the big buttons for the radio and climate controls now simple to operate. The resources are of a far above the ground quality, by means of the majority of the center surfaces soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye. I'll copy everybody else on the seats for existence form not almost supportive sufficient and a great deal too flat, construct is a genuine downer.

But to top belongings off, the Optima is a fine driver. The 200 hp as of petroleum 2.4-liter four-cylinder is up to the task for the the majority part. In a number of instances, genuine as expressway merges or passing, you determination contain to mallet the gas, but I was content by means of it for the the majority part. Power is reliable from side to side the revs by means of high-quality throttle response, but it fake get loud and raspy beneath wide-open throttle. The routine gearbox too was a physically powerful player by means of nice, rapid shifts.

Steering large hefty, construct I like, and reply too stay a transitory grade. Ride excellence is small bit firmer (or choppy, if you subscribe to Raynal speak), construct is fine by me for the additional cornering benefits.

It's motionless a small rough to believe, but Kia finally has a extremely physically powerful and spirited midsize sedan in its stable.

2011 Kia Optima EX

Base Price: $23,190

As-Tested Price: $27,440

Drivetrain: 2.4-liter I4; FWD, six-speed automatic

Output: 200 hp @ 6,300 rpm, 186 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,223 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 27/22.1 mpg

Options: Premium wrap up counting panoramic sunroof, authority front passenger seat, driver-seat memory, heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard back seats, heated steering wheel ($2,250); skill wrap up counting navigation scheme by means of backup camera and Sirius traffic, Infinity eight-speaker audio scheme ($2,000)

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This car is not luxurious at what time you think so as to it luckily together the skill and the premium wrap up construct add $4,000 to petroleum car.In fact, I better the completely ready sx replica by means of the turbo and it in fact is a improved buy supposed a TSX by means of the skill wrap up as it rapidly additional skin for concerning $3,000 less.The SX rapidly a panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled seats, a 6 pace automatic, a turbo accuse engine (which stay improved gas mileage and delivers additional hp and torque supposed the TSX's 4 cylinder)and it attention improved supposed the Acura (of route approximately all on the street attention improved supposed Acura as,because Acura's "beak" grille is the ugliest styling characteristic I contain seen for a extended time), the TSX and the Accord are motionless ready by means of Hondas dated 5 pace routine (and on the Accord you can't still get HID lights construct are normal on the Optima SX), the Optima too has thepush button stop/start and back seat air conditioning ducts construct are not obtainable on also the TSX or the Accord.On top of so as to you get a better warranty to the Honda products.And as far as Honda reliability weapons petroleum is largely a myth as Honda has had its split of recalls and defects (such as the healthy recognized broadcast failures on the Odysseys and Accord (I contain a 2001 Odyssey and I contain had the broadcast replaced twice, the Fit casement fires, etc.)And finally with no query petroleum car attention improved together center and exterior wise to the Accord.
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btc909 wrote:
A 5MPG standard difference, is the EPA so as to far off? Especially in a 3200lb. car?
Its a straight injection engine.So, at what time you drive it similar to an EPA tester, its leaving to gauge out negligible petroleum to match the negligible effort, but at what time you drive it similar to its a 200 hp 3200 lb loaner, well, present determination be alot additional gas leaving in to match the violent driving.No hesitation the obsession exhausted alot additional occasion close to redline supposed in an EPA test.

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I've merely seen one of as,at the same occasion as on the street (appeared to be a stripper/fleet version) and as of at the back the proportions seemed all incorrect - way too broad and under-tired.Reminds me of the ridculous Hummer H3 formula ("lets add 4 decrease to the path width of a Chevy Colorado - that'll seem cool"), by means of similarly bad results. RE: comments complaining concerning editing (or be small of thereof) and mundane's protection of similar - the differenting issue is a casual reader captivating 30 place to post a rapid comment vs. *paid* writers operational for a expert publication.AW can do better, and should.

PS Jake:"Power large similar to its correct anywhere it be hypothetical to be..." it's it's, not its (most populace get it incorrect the additional way).


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Poor Jaguar and Lexus, completely cars now appear indistinguishable as of a Kia.Okay, perhaps persons observers now not actually car buffs.But I contain to confess so as to I too contain person's name fooled.Picking up a pizza one nighttime I was charitable at a sedan thinking how a great deal Hyundai had captured the Mercedes look, merely to understand the car I was charitable at was a Mercedes. To my eye, the majority car designs as,at the same occasion as existence are hopelessly derivative or now simple ugly, from occasion to time both.No hesitation fraction of the trend is due to safety, mileage, and manufacturing considerations.Still I speculate if the golden age of auto method is history us.In fact, the designs I discover the majority appealing as,at the same occasion as existence are the retro appreciated - Camaro, Mustang, Challenger, Mini, etc.

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When as,at the same occasion as now primary free in Korea, the styling actually stood out, not now since of the usually staid exteriors of the host of Granduer, Opirus, Equus, Genesis, Samsung, etc., so as to are so ordinary on Seoul streets but too in comparison by means of the European brands so as to are flattering additional common. While I'm not a possible buyer of petroleum car (which isn't an Optima in its house market), as I'm not interested in four doors, I surely be grateful for the way it looks. From a distance, it tends to contain the appearance of amazing so as to escaped as of the BTCC series - extremely violent better by means of the bland equipment we normally see in petroleum marketplace segment. Kudos to the Hyundai Corporation for completely repeatedly civilizing designs.
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Regarding the MPG... Ever driven a car so as to wasn't yours, by means of gas you didn't pay for? AW does.

The realism create sure at petroleum time is so as to in spite of of come again? car contain now driving, if contain drove it the way contain now heavy petroleum one the mileage wouldn't contain person's name too good. Compare by,by means of the EPA numbers...but if you drive hammer-down 24/7, as contain say, "your mileage may vary..."

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Autoweek more often than not has the the majority excellent editing of all the car magazines I appreciate writing (while I'm not certain anybody proofreads Motor Trend).However, in 20 existence "good" determination be conventional as an adverb, so whatever.;-) After all the converse of the Optima's interior, I desire present now a number of photos... :-(

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Ditto's to "Lefty S7".I am actually in use rear by the information Mr. Raynal counting authorize his subordinate contributors to submit fractured English with no advantage of any editing.There are 3 glaring obligatory in petroleum part and I am sorry to not be talking concerning the car but the distractions get in my way. Suggestion:Start editing, Mr Editor.

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Regardless of price, Detroit has yet to still construct a car essential petroleum excellence IMO 75% of the time. The new Malibu is concerning the similar quaity as a 2006 Accord/Camry, and essential a compliment.

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"They're heeeee-re" Writers determination contain to update the canned book concerning how Hyundai/Kia are leaving to be players soon, since contain are absolutely players now.

Anyone mentioning the cost wants to seem at the options (Nav, Heated/cooled seats, heated steering wheel, heated REAR seats, backup camera, sunroof...the catalog weapons on....) and understand so as to persons skin represent $4200 of the cost normal to the information box. Even the bottom car at $23,190 earth similar to a well-equipped car, and CamryCords can't touch the gear height at so as to cost point.

I'm not leaving to run out and buy one, but I couldn't fault anybody so as to did. Plus, it's not fugly similar to an Accord or Camry, and that's priceless.

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My Prius cost $4K fewer supposed petroleum car, and I'd rather contain the Prius, still at the similar price.It name semi as a great deal gas, and its existence form a liftback construct it a great deal improved for carrying stuff. Yeh, petroleum Kia has lots of features, similar to leather, nav, sunroof, etc., but I deduction I'm not yet prepared to pay $27K for a second-tier Hyundai.

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Handled "well", Cheryl, not "good". Doesn't anybody edit the editors? I agree, mileage is a dissapointment.

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