2011 Kia Optima SX: I'd Bring One Home
August 08, 2011
To be honest, the last few departed family sedans in our fleet have been a little disappointing. The Honda Accord V6 was roomy and comfortable, but it just seemed a tad too big. I couldn't connect with the Mazda 6; the four-cylinder engine just didn't do it any favors. The Fusion Hybrid is actually pretty cool, and our Hyundai Sonata was very good. But a car I'd actually buy for myself? I'd have to go back to our Nissan Altima V6.
Well, the Kia Optima has joined the Altima and Fusion on my "I'd buy it" list. This sedan gets just about everything right. It's comfortable and roomy. It looks cool. There's plenty of grunt from the turbo-4 as well as high fuel economy. And, of course, you get plenty of value and features for your dollar.
One thing I'm hoping to do this week is give the Optima a quick shakedown on a curvy road. The Altima was pretty fun in this regard -- I'm not so sure about the Optima given what we wrote in our full test. But I'm still looking forward to it.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,094 miles