Not Very Picky for a Turbo - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Not Very Picky for a Turbo

February 13, 2012


Notice something about the gas cap on our turbocharged Kia Optima?

That's right, it's blue and it has a cap holder. More importantly, it doesn't feature a sticker that warns owners against using regular gas.

This seems like a no brainer for a midsize family sedan, but when you're talking about a car powered by a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, it's a little more unique.

It's one thing to offer a high-powered four-cylinder engine in place of a V6, but if owners are then forced to use premium gas the cost savings go out the window. Look for this to become a more prominent issue as more and more manufacturers adopt smaller, turbocharged powerplants.

Gas issues aside, the Optima's engine remains impressive after all these miles. It's responsive, smooth-running and quiet even at full throttle. The quick-shifting transmission helps even if the paddles are a little on the cheap side.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, @ 17,241 miles

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