Hauls The Mail, Among Other Qualities - 2011 Kia Optima SX Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX: Hauls The Mail, Among Other Qualities

August 15, 2011


Last week I mentioned that I'd seriously consider buying an Optima if I needed a family sedan. Well, today I've listed ten attributes about our Optima that I find most appealing.

  1. Engine power. It "hauls the mail," as editor Josh Jaquot would say. Of course, this is relative statement. But the Optima Turbo is quick for a family sedan.
  2. Good fuel economy. We're only getting a combined 21.7 mpg so far. But that could be related to people enjoying item number one. The EPA combined estimate is 26 mpg.
  3. Styling. Aggressive and distinctive, I love the way it looks.
  4. The Corsa Blue paint. This paint color just pops. And its availability is limited to the SX trim only.
  5. Sporty handling. There's room for improvement, but at least Kia makes a sport-tuned suspension available.
  6. Paddle shifters. Ditto.
  7. Logical control layout. Everything falls readily to hand.
  8. Lots of interior storage. There's plenty of space to put your stuff.
  9. Extra convenience features. By this I mean things like xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry and the hated/ventilated seats.
  10. Price: Even though our car has just about everything on it, it still rings up at just $30,840.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,192 miles

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