Signal Dropouts - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Signal Dropouts

October 07, 2011

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One thing I've noticed after driving lots of cars with satellite radio over virtually the same routes is that some cars do a better job of maintaining a constant signal over these routes than others.

The Optima's performance in this respect hasn't been so hot.

The signal cut out about three or four times on the way home from work yesterday, and once more when driving the car today. I know that dropouts happen when in the vicinity of tall buildings or bridges that could block the signal, but none of these obstructions were in evidence during the cases I observed.

Are you guys aware of any other factors that influence signal dropouts? What's the reception been like in your vehicle, if you have satellite radio?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 12,967 miles

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