It's Got My Back (and Side) - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: It's Got My Back (and Side)

June 09, 2011

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Coming up with blog posts on long-term cars doesn't always go as planned. Case in point: this morning I fully intended on griping about how the Bluetooth audio doesn't recognize my phone on startup. Last night, every time I'd get in I'd have to go through the phone menus to get it to pair with my iPhone. Of course, once I got in it this morning, camera in hand, the system immediately paired with my phone. I was hit with an odd mix of relief and frustration. Out of the corner of my eye, however, my blog subject presented itself.

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With the wheel cranked over as they usually are when parked in my backyard, I saw this warning appear for a few seconds after the Optima started up. I thought, "Hey, that's cool, it's doing its best to keep me from being a sincere idiot!"

It's a clever little feature that probably didn't require a ton of resources to make happen. What do you think, neat feature or useless?

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 6,749 miles


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