Accelerated Aging? - 2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima: Accelerated Aging?

September 02, 2011

We're about six months and 11,000 miles into our Kia Optima Turbo and I found the first signs of age this morning: the steering wheel. In the image above, you can see that the leather wrapping now has a glossy sheen to it. After the jump, I have a picture of when it was new.

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The Optima's wheel now feels a little synthetic; perhaps a little like a sea creature's skin. It's quite a difference from the satin-touch semi-matte look and feel from half a year ago. It's not the end of the world, I know, but it does bug me. But not enough to ever consider one of these:

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Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor


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