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Great car for anyone with realistic expectations
By titan415 on
2011 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
I'm always interested to see how people react to things. Some people drive this car and see it for what it is: a great value and a really good car.
And then there are those to say that it's not a good car because they have driven, owned, or dreampt of better. You'll see plenty of those reviews here and other places.
The reality is that this car is great for the money, offers a huge range of features, has a warranty that should allay any fears about the uknown, and, finally, it looks hot.
It's not a perfect car, true. The wide c-pillar creates a blind spot, the engine isn't V6 smooth, and it's true that the seats aren't the best. But nits aside, this is a seriously good car.
Love the looks--this styling will stand the test of time, unlike the Hyundai Sonata
Quiet interior compared to most in this class
Ride is controlled and taught. Yes, it doesn't float, so don't buy this car if you really want a flying couch like a Camry.
Great set of features, but my absolute favorite is the USB input, which lets you play music from a thumb drive. Very, very cool.
Fantastic value. Fully loaded this thing cost me less than my '03 Accord EX-L V6 did new.
It's the same stuff everyone says:
The steering really is numb. You don't notice it much on a standard test drive, but a windy road will show you what it's missing. Not a huge deal, but it does get in the way of the fun factor.
The seats. You know, flat and a bit hard.
The blind spot is a direct result of the styling, so that's no easy fix, but a blind spot sensor would be nice.
Other than that . . .
P.S. "Reliability" is a required field here, which is ridiculous for a new car review. I have around 300 miles on it at this point.