2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: The Valet Dialogues
May 17, 2011
I always get a kick out of hearing what the valet folks think of the different cars I bring their way. They are exposed to so many types, especially high-end, fantastically luxurious cars, that I always assume there's not much that catches their eyes. In any case here's how last night went at a valet stand for a fancy restaurant in Santa Monica when I was picking up the 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo at the end of the night.
Me: "Um, that's not my car."
Valet (getting into a silver Lexus SUV): "No?"
Me: "I had the Kia Optima...it's blue."
Valet: "Oh the BLUE one with the nice wheels. That's a nice one." (Goes away to fetch the car and returns with it.)
Valet: "Is this a hybrid?" (Getting out of the car.)
Two other valet guys circle around the back of the car, checking it out and murmuring, "It's niiice." (They say "nice" a lot.) "It's a Kia? No way."
Me: (Answering the first guy) "No, it has a turbo."
Valet: "Ohh yeahhh, it has a lot of power, I felt that when I was driving it..."
Me: "Wait...just when you were driving around the garage?"
Valet: "....Thanks. Have a nice evening."
I checked the odometer. Josh reports it at "about 5,500 miles" in his post. Hm.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 5,765 miles