This Could Be Better - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: This Could Be Better

April 26, 2011


Kia did a great job with the interior of the Optima. It looks very nice. It feels good. My one beef, though, would be this cluster: the shifter, seat heater buttons and iPod connector.

They are awkwardly placed. It's like no one thought what it would be like to drive the car and actually have an iPod connected to this cable.

First of all the shifter grip is much larger than it needs to be. And the iPod connector is longer than it needs to be and the cord itself is not very pliable. So when I connect my iPod Touch, I have to squeeze it into the bin behind the shifter. Otherwise, it keep popping out and sits on top of the seat heater buttons.

Next iteration, please rethink this setup. Thank you.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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