Currently reviewing the 2011 Optima EX with 66,000 miles. I wouldn't like the car nearly as much with the LX package or even without the tech or premium packages, but when loaded with those options, this is a great ride and tremendous value! Drives great, plenty of power when needed, and great highway gas mileage. I usually only get 24-25mpg when city driving, but easily get over 30mpg on any kind of road trip. I've had no issues mechanically. Love the upgrades that are available on this car and it looks/feels like a car twice its price. Plenty of room in the backseat for adults and also children in car seats.
Heated and cooled seats work great, navigation and voice command are huge benefits, memory seats for my wife and I, rearview camera is big and clear, and probably the best feature is the push button start - being able to unlock/lock the car and start it up without ever taking the key out of my pocket. This is a hard feature to get in a car that costs $27k brand new.
Car has shown no wear on leather seats or elsewhere. No squeeks. No issues. My Lexus LS430 had more problems at this mileage and mention this because at 1/2 the price makes Kia Optima a compelling used car buy.
On smooth roads cruising is solid and quiet. When roads get rough noise et cetera become an issue. Gas mileage is fine (31-34 mpg) up to 65 mph but drops below 30 mpg at around 70-75.
I really love this car. The seating could be a little more comfortable, but my seat has pretty much conformed to me after all these miles. 6 speed manual is a lot of fun, I'm a big fan of standard transmissions. Passing on back roads is a breeze, plenty of power, that 200hp 4 cyl provides good power to weight ratio....just pop it down into 3rd step on it, and it goes...fast. I've hit what seems to be a rev limiter on occasion, and a top speed limiter in 6th because it ran out of steam at about 118 with what should have been plenty of room showing on the tach. Totally reliable. Tires, oil changes, trans. oil change. That's it. Brakes, plugs, serp. belt, radiator flush in spring.
Styling, 6 speed manual, Bluetooth. Great gas mileage on summer blend/in the summer-gets
between 30-34 mpg on long trips, average is somewhere between 28-29. Winter blend and winter driving cuts the mpg down, usually about 2 mpg. Very stable car, well balanced.
Last week I bought a 2011 kia optima stick shift with 26,000 miles on it. It looked brand new and even smelled brand new. It is very spacious and luxurious on the inside and very classy, yet sporty on the outside. I have been disappointed in the gas mileage, I have been averaging about 26, 27 in city and on highway. The front seat is a slight uncomfortable because i cannot adjust the angle of the front seat. There is a blind spot on the right back passenger side. It seems a little jerky when going into first and second shift, but when the engine is running it is very quiet. It's a much bigger car than i realized at the purchase.
My favorite features are the body style. It is just beautiful and spacious on the inside. It is a very smooth and quiet ride.
be able to adjust the angle on the front seats...improve gas mileage if possible.
i have a 2011 optima
bought it brand new , car runs excellent it has a little over 47k miles on and i enjoy driving on a daily basis ,the mpg is outstanding , i took it from Albany upstate ny to long island and back upstate
on a single tank of gas i was surprised . the inside is done very well , i think the front seats are kinda uncomfortable, but the space is great for all passengers , best thing i love about it is it looks so sharp , after a good clean
i get compliments often on it appearance. definitely a good buy .
exterior looks sharp
front seats of slightly uncomfy , in winter let warm up first before driving .