Where Is the Love? - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Where Is the Love?

August 03, 2011

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It doesn't show up here, but boy, there's a lot of venom about Kia (and Hyundai) out there in autolandia.The hating showed up this week on the Edmunds Facebook page, which featured a link to our road test of the Kia Optima Hybrid. (Capsule review: Car does not deliver mpg as EPA tested. Not even close.)

One commenter went off on how unsafe, bad and unreliable Kia (and Hyundai) vehicles are. My colleague, Ron Montoya, who wrote the road test, countered with the truth: The Kia Optima (hybrid and conventional engine) has a five-star safety rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It's also a Top Safety Pick in the ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Every time I've driven the Optima, it's been a great experience. I also liked our estwhile Sonata, although it was a lot less fun to drive than the Optima. So tell me, why so much Kia/Hyundai hate?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @9,762 miles

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