A Lot For Your Money - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: A Lot For Your Money

June 20, 2011


I spotted this ad in the Orange County Register on Saturday. Sure, there's a lot of fine print going on here, but...

...even if the car advertised is only an EX Turbo (our car is the top-of-the-line SX Turbo), you're getting a lot for your money. The ad isn't specific about the trim level, but of course the picture is of an SX -- and it's a one-at-this-price deal. Still, the EX gets you the 2.0-liter turbo powertrain which makes this car such a killer value. The EX starts at $24,495 and the SX starts at $25,995. So if you walk out of the dealer with one of these cars for less than 20 grand you're doing well.

I'm not exactly a huge fan of the mid-size sedan, but I'll admit to truly liking the Optima. It meets my needs (four doors, decent power, intuitive bluetooth, good iPod interface) without being boring (Camry, Altima, Accord). And I'd actually buy one at that price.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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