Suburban Dream - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Suburban Dream

May 19, 2011

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I spent a couple days recently in Palm Springs at Heels and Wheels, a driving event for women automotive journalists. It was great from start to finish, and I learned a lot from a very savvy group of writers, including Sue Mead, who this year became the first woman to achieve an in-class win in the Dakar Rally. She and co-driver Darren Skilton drove a Ford Raptor.

We had 11 cars to test-drive and I managed some time in all of them -- except for the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid. It was a popular car among the event's drivers, and represented a good break from the many crossovers we were trying out. But I had sub-Optima timing and didn't get a turn.

Good things come to those who wait, however. When I returned to the office, the 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo was waiting for me on the sign-out sheet. (Turbo trumps hybrid any day, wouldn't you say?) The car does indeed rock, as this new Edmunds road test details. It even makes your pulse race when it's sitting under a jacaranda, pretending -- unsuccessfully -- to be a nice suburban sedan.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @5,890 miles

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