The Valet Dialogues - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: The Valet Dialogues

May 17, 2011

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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


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