Dear Seat, STOP MOVING - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Dear Seat, STOP MOVING

October 17, 2011

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I drove our Long Term Kia Optima SX Turbo over the weekend. The first time I'd done so in quite a while. When I saw the SX wasn't taken, all I could think about was the cool blue paint, the touch screen nav/iPod interface I like and the cool dual-material seats. I sort of forgot about the gummy steering and I completely forgot about the comfort-access seating.

Kia calls this process of moving your seat needlessly backwards and then automatically forward "easy access" and it appears to be absolutely mandatory. (*Edit: Ottowasx looks to know the fix. Will check in the AM and report back. -mm)

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Uhm, but what if I don't want it to move at all? Ever.

I like that it has two memory functions, but I don't sit close nor am I inflexible enough to require my seat to scoot back to get out of the car. (I reset my seat and put the car in N, locked the ebrake and tried to get out from my normal position and it was perfectly easy.) I also don't want to crush my rear passengers should they have been greedy during the drive and decided to take up more leg room.

Like most systems, I don't care that this one exists but I want to be able to control it at some level and that includes disabling it completely.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, @ 13,380 miles

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