The Power to Surprise - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: The Power to Surprise

September 13, 2011


I noticed this slogan on our Kia Optima's license plate frame today. It does a nice job of summing up people's reaction to this car. Just about everyone who sees the Optima likes it, but are surprised when I tell them it is a Kia. I have to admit that this car surprised me too. Like many people, I had this preconceived notion of what a Kia is supposed to be like -- generic styling and boring driving dynamics. But this Optima is the opposite of that. It looks great and has plenty of power to get by traffic and have some fun on the commute home.

The price of our test car -- $30,840 -- surprises people too. "$31K for a Kia?" they tell me. I remind them that this car is loaded with options and that if they don't opt for the turbo, they can get one for a starting price of $18,995.

Does this car surprise you too?

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 11,591 miles

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