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24 of 24 people found this review helpful
Went with the KIA hybrid
By gmafb on 07/16/11 10:25 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)

Review

Bought the car and immediately drove to Las Vegas from Phoenix in July. The air conditioned seats were very much appreciated. Gas mileage turned out to be precisely as advertised. Around town mileage is between 35 and 38. Have owned a Prius before and the tranny in the KIA is not CVT, so it handles the power differently. I personally dislike the CVT, so this change is good IMHO. The ride is excellent on the highway and good in town. I chose this car over the Fusion and the Sonata. The Sonatas I drove pulled to the right. The Fusion drove okay, but the ergonomics for the AC controls were downright idiotic and the exterior looks like a streamlined YUGO.
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Greatest car on market!
By abc55 on 07/11/11 17:34 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

Review

What can I say? I love my Optima LX 6AT. It blows away any other Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Chevy or Ford off the road. I looked and drove them all before buying. Looks slick while it's doing it. Quality abounds from interior, exterior to engine performance and MPG economy. All the other car makers...watch out. This is going to catch on in a big way. Nobody can believe it is a KIA. I'm getting 32-33 MPG on a twisty, turning, up and down road. Electronic stability control is the best.
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1 of 11 people found this review helpful
Best Midsize Car for 2011 Update #2
By dankocke on 07/11/11 13:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

Review

Left pull issue has not been resolved but Kia corporate is working the issue from all angles, though with no fix so far. Took a 2000 mile trip last week from Missiouri to Florida. Car is a very good travel car for long distances. Gas mileage was not as good as expected but then again my average speed with A/C on was between 80 and 85 mph. Gas mileage in these conditions hovered between 27 and 29 mpg. This is inline with just about every other midsize car I've had as rental cars. A/C does make a difference and speed over 75mph makes a big difference. Otherwise the car is super quiet and had no rattles.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Bought a 2011 SX fully equiped
By acerava on 07/10/11 20:56 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

Bought 2011 SX graphite color and everysingle day people are asking what is that "the new audi? the new infiniti? the new saab?". I love it! great pick up, quiet (not as loud as people exaggerate but I have the luxury wheels) i owned a 2002 nissan Altima and that was loud to me. There is zero complaints aside from the engin start in the mornings (I live in LA) its a bit loud but quiets after 10 seconds. I absolutly had to add the K5 leds in the front and man does it make a difference! Im still in awe over the car and I drove it 1600 miles already. I would have never bought a Kia in my life but after testing the C300 and audi A4 this had a lot more for the money. I did rebadge though for K5.
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2 of 27 people found this review helpful
Gas Mileage SUCKS!
By westca on 07/08/11 20:22 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

Review

I purchased the EX Premium package and love the panoramic dual sunroof, heated steering wheel, colled and heated seats and the rest. The car does sound like a go-kart (as others have posted) and I am very upset with the 21 mpg (mostly hwy) gas mileage after 2000 miles. Dealer said I need to break it in more, yet I do not read that in the owner's manual and wish that was disclosed to me before my purchase! Reading reviews it seems this low gas mileage is a common issue, and hopefully KIA or EPA will do something about it! False advertising and a lemon!
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10 of 17 people found this review helpful
Optimum Optima
By optimasx on 06/25/11 22:31 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

Traded a G8 GXP, for this car. I thought I loved that car, And would miss it, but this one is a whole new experience (even without 415 hp). Features, cost, fit and finish, options, this baby is loaded, very nicely styled, and still has 274hp, and gets 37 hwy mpg....and it's a KIA!
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A phenomenal value!
By ambobob on 06/25/11 12:38 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

Review

We purchased our Optima about 5 months ago, and in that time have only put about 900 miles on it so its difficult to comment on reliability. But - that aside, wow do you get a lot of car for the money! Ours came practically loaded (minus the panoramic sunroof, navigation, heated/cooled seats) - for around $22,000. The interior is modeled after Audi, and seems like something you'd find in a much more expensive car. The beautiful French stitching really catches the eye, and the exterior styling definitely turns heads! Kia has definitely come a long, long way in the past 10 years and I would encourage anybody who is in the market for a mid-size sedan to strongly consider the Optima.
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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Bang for the Buck
By mja2 on 06/06/11 21:13 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

I have owned my SX for app. 3 weeks. Zero Complaints so far. Gas mileage in regular mode is in the neighbor hood of 26 MPG mixed driving. If I am gentle in ECO mode I have gotten 29mpg under the same conditions. Acceleration to 60 is good , acceleration above 60 is very impressive, it might even scare you alittle. Overall quality seems very good. I have the basic stereo and the sound is crystal, I can only imagine the upgraded version. The only negative so far is when I start it first thing I hear a faint rattle in the exhaust.
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10 of 10 people found this review helpful
7,000 mile update
By ggunderson2 on 06/03/11 12:36 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

Review

Just finished a Highway trip of 350 miles each way thru hilly country. Average MPG of 37.8!!! Seats remained comfortable, ride was quiet. I have owned a new car every other year for at least 20 years and have NEVER gotten as many compliments for any other car. The other day a gas station attendent ran out to ask questions. Not a single rattle or any maintenance to-date. You really should look at this car as it cannot be touched at this price!
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Likin' it
By bobpdd70 on 05/22/11 19:42 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 Kia Optima SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Review

Had my Optima SX Turbo for about 6 weeks now and I'm likin' it so far. I didn't buy it to be a luxury car substitute so I'm mindful to not compare it one. It looks great, the power is there and I really enjoy driving it. If I did have one gripe, it would be the tires. I think alot of the issues (left pull and road noise) that are posted in the previous reviews may be tire related. I'll find out in about 35,000 miles when I change mine out.
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