Morning Adjustments - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Morning Adjustments

December 07, 2011


Did you know that you're taller in the morning? I've known that for a while, because when I get in a car that I drove the night before, I'm just a bit closer to the headliner and the mirrors are just a fraction too low. This morning, our long-term Optima made that fact much, much clearer.

The first indication was that my hair was brushing the sunroof rail headliner. All the way into the office, it was in constant contact with the ceiling. I generally adjust the seat to have the lowest possible height, and the Optima is no different. But I already had it as low as possible.

What does this mean? Well, if you're taller than 5'10" and you're considering a Kia Optima, don't get the sunroof.

Oh, and by the way, the reason you're taller in the morning has been attributed to your disks in your back and joints compressing during the day. When you sleep (unless you sleep standing up, in which case, you're weird), all that stuff re-hydrates and expands. That's your fun fact for the day, you're welcome.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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