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Super fun SXL sport sedan connects with road in comfort and style at reasonable price!
By robberoony on
2013 Kia Optima SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I love under-rated cars, esp. ones that are transformed when you buy the top of the line model, and SX Limited sure fits this bill!
2l Turbo mill is potent, revs freely, and has a wide power band for it's size.
Easily outperforms my 2011 Fusion V6.
Handling is also great, very connected to the road, low body roll, wonderful automatic downshifts, quick response off-idle, and a blast to manually up or down shift at any time via the paddles.
Comfort is outstanding too, I especially love the cooled seats and soft, high quality leather.
Infinity audio + sub is superb!
The electronics are also carefully thought out and nicely integrated - nav, phone, audio, voice control all intuitive.
+Superior value! Gotta be the best sport sedan for the price.
Beat 2013 Fusion Ecoboost Titanium & Lacrosse for fun!
+Style inside and out!
+Full black glass roof looks wicked esp. with white metallic exterior
+Tons of thoughtful details in design, fit and finish
+Handling and road feel are really great
+Potent 2l turbo
+Automatic shift points are great under heavy acceleration, but you can beat the auto via the paddle shifters when the need arrises.
+Paddle shifters work all the time, no need to switch to manual on the stick.
+Great cooled seats front, and four seat heat.
+Quiet given suspension and connectedness to road
+Folding mirrors a plus
+Very cool 18" chrome wheels
-Needs an all wheel drive option, nothing improves handling more for a given chassis than power to all four wheel and some good computer algorithms to control it all.
This my Fusion AWD had down pat.
-Blind spot monitors would be great option
-Very little ambient lighting in cabin, a miss in this day and age.
-No puddle lights on mirrors or doors, another miss for the top of the line model
-Backup camera is great, but could use obstacle and cross-traffic warning
-Crap Hankook tires, good only in warm dry weather, likely will replace with something sticky and versatile like the Continental PureContacts.
-No text/email to voice