Things I Like - 2011 Kia Optima Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Turbo: Things I Like

May 13, 2011

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Alright, that's it. If Riswick can whine about all the things he hates about our new Jetta TDI (not that I blame him), then I can certainly find some praise for the Optima Turbo -- my current favorite mid-size sedan.

Let's get started with the most intuitive and easy-to-use center stack I've seen lately. Notice the use of knobs for critical functions, logical grouping of controls and central location of virtually every critical secondary control.

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The Optima's shift paddles might not offer the most satisfying click when used, but they're big enough, well placed and, uh, present, which is something that can't be said in every mid-size sedan.

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OK, I'm not huge, but I've got long legs (32-inch inseam) for my height (5'9") and there's ample legroom in the rear. The front seat in this image is adjusted for my driving position. Clearly, it wouldn't matter if I were huge.

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This is a small detail, but I like illuminated rockers.

So there you go. A small list of things I like. Next week...things I don't (there aren't many).

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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