Rescues a Stranded Sorento - 2011 Kia Optima SX Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX: Rescues a Stranded Sorento

August 12, 2011

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This happened yesterday. Well, sort of. Actually, it was my wife who was driving the 2012 Kia Sorento and ran it dry. It's a new company car for her. "I think I ran out of gas," she says on the initial cell phone call to me. Of course, I'm flabbergasted. I asked her what happened. Turns out she had been driving around for the past couple days with the low-fuel warning light on. She thought she still had enough gas left based on experiences with her previous vehicle (a Borrego). Well, lesson learned, dear.

Thankfully she wasn't too far from where I was. I got my gas can from my house, filled it with gas and then found where she was on the freeway. I was reminded on how roadside repairs on the freeway (filling gas, changing a tire) are just no fun when semi trucks are whizzing by. I was happy to fill up and get out of there.

It was nice having the Optima for this. There wasn't really room on the shoulder to getting a running start, so I had to just pull out and wood it. The turbo-4 had the beans to quickly get me up to speed. If I had been in our slow-poke Fiat 500, I would have been more concerned.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor


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