112,000+ miles and still going strong!
By mainecoast on
2011 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
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.