Not Feeling the Paddles - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Not Feeling the Paddles

January 30, 2012

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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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