2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test


2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Quite literally, cool.

February 14, 2012

Optima glovebox cooler open.jpg

Found this hidden gem during a recent video shoot with our Kia Optima: No, not the candy bar, but a cooled glove box, which comes standard on all Optimas. This is great if you don't want something like a candy bar to melt on a hot summer day. Or any day here in southern California.

All you do is open that vent and the air conditioning system routes cool air into the glove box. Provided the a/c is on.

Or, if you have no need for a cool glove box, just close the vent as pictured here.

Optima glovebox cooler closed.jpg

Not exactly a high-tech operation, but it works.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 17,494 miles.

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