Wow! Cannot believe the new Optimas comfort level, performance, and reliability. We traded our 04' Sedona in for this new 11' optima and am REALLY impressed with what an overall good reliable family sedan this is! Have taken 2 pretty long road trips so far in this and have put on nearly 10,000miles since purchased in December of '10. Has plenty of room for the kids in the back. Has no problem acceleration to speed while merging on to the highway, while being packed with a whole trunk of suitcases and 2 teenage kids in the back!
Heated and Cooled seats are a god sent, and the heated steering wheel is sooo nice in those cold Wisconsin winter days.
The kids love the heated rear seats, and the heating/cooling rear vents.
The cooled glove box is nice for going on road trips.
The LED gauges are so cool at night while driving.
And I like how it tucks you in when you first get in the car, and slides back to position when the car is turned off.
The seats are a little bit too firm, and the blue tooth wireless phone connect is sometimes really confusing, but yet a very handy option.
Maybe for the '12 optima, could have standard LED high beams and or low beams.
Wow, Kia hit a home-run with the new Optima. Researched and then drove all the competitors in both 4 and 6 cylinder high end versions, and the Optima hands down was superior. had to wait almost 3 months to get mine, I had really just wanted an EX with the premium package...love those cooled seats in the hot El Paso sun, but have not regretted the SX. Have not experienced the pull to the left, and the car is as quiet as my former Accord EX-L on the road. A few quality issues with the sunglass holder and mood lighting not functioning on the passenger door and I do get have the rattle from the sunroof. getting an average of 24-28 in mixed driving in part due to elevation Would buy again!
I love the look of the car, People are shocked when they see the KIA name plate, several thumbs-up from other drivers.
Further for just $30K the car has features
(panoramic sunroof, cooled/heated seats, Xenon self leveling lights touchscreen and voice activated electronics) only offered in cars (mostly with snobby names)
costing $5K to $15K more.
The powertrain is very smiooth with little turbo lag, so get decent fuel economy for day to day driving but great power when needed.
With the Optima Kia appears to be at the same juncture Honda was back in 1987 with the Accord and CRX.
Steering is a bit numb as reported, seats while not terrible could use more bolstering, also design has inherrent poor visability out of rear, while mirrors are large likely could benefit from electronic warning systems similar to what Mazada and others offer. placement of seat heat and cooling controls is poor (next to shifter on passengers side)
Offfer a hot 6 speed manual version in the SX, auto is OK but its boring.
Autolamps sensor too sensitive, lights come on almost an hour before dusk, not a big issue but Xenon replacments are expensive
I hit 8000 miles last week and still love this car. I came from a Lexus IS250 to the Optima turbo SX model and prefer driving this over the Lexus. It has more power and is more fun to drive. I get about 18-23 mpg in the city and 30-35 mpg highway. This is a mid $30K for a mid $20K price tag.
6mths 6k miles, SX getting 27mpg avg. Outside noises flood the cabin! Try driving this car on hwy in moderate rain & you will know what I'm talking about. The wheel wells have like a pourous industrial felt instead of a plastic liner, look at them before you buy. Drive though smoke/skunk/exhaust and pay the price as smells flood in. Sunroof bug/wind shield rattles (while closed) when you hit bumps. Ride rougher than expected & seats are somewhat uncomfortable. Side view mirrors hold water and fog easily. Windshield has a fogging problem I think is related to the cabin not being sealed well. Gas lock release works poorly. Backs of legs touch car getting out. Great car overall though.
Rear seat room for adults is great but always end up driving to lunch because of it!
Better sound/smell insulation!!!!
More comfortable seats
Better location for USB port & aux port
Heated side mirrors
More choices (couldn't get black seats without SX or premium sound without sunroof)