2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Not Feeling the Paddles

January 30, 2012


Actually, feeling the paddles is the problem. As you can see, they're made of plastic, which is fine for some things but it's rarely a good idea for something you grab with several of your fingers and pull on.

There's nothing mechanical about plastic no matter how hard or indestructible it may be. It's a flimsiness that's hard to ignore. So although these paddles are unlikely to break off at any time, they lend a certain cheapness to the car that I'm sure Kia would rather not promote.

Oddly enough, the Bentley Continental GT suffers from the same problem. Go figure.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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