2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test


2011 Kia Optima: -omething's -issing

July 21, 2011

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This isn't a new problem, nor is it exclusive to the Optima. But when I listen to my iPod/iPhone in some cars, the first half-second or so of a song gets cut off. It bugs me, but certainly not as much as throttle tip-in or rough shifts. Our resident sound expert, Doug Newcomb can't quite pinpoint the reason, either, stating that it," may have something to do with a signal-sensing technology or something to eliminate noise."

Whatever the case, here's my open letter to car manufacturers: Please stop doing this. Thanks.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Kia Optima in VA is:

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