Where's The Release And Why - 2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima: Where's The Release And Why

June 08, 2011

Optima trunk.jpg

I've watched every single person who uses the Optima's trunk grab and then grab again for the release. Some eventually give up and assume there isn't one. The reason is that the release is offset from center by about eight inches. My hand is on it in the photo above.

What's going on here?


Here's the deal: The rear-view camera is placed on-center just below the Kia badge and above the license plate. Like the release, it's out of sight from above. The question, then, is why didn't Kia offset the camera to allow a more intuitve placement of the release in the center?

The only reason I can come up with is that the camera needs to be centered to provide a complete view of the edges of the car when reversing. However, these are very wide lenses and some manufacturers do offset them. So the limit isn't the optics. Plus, the primary use of this tool is to provide a sense for how close one is to an object immediately behind the car. What's to the side is less critical. But is that more important than the intuitive placement of the trunk release? Not for Kia.

Not a huge deal, just an observation.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

Leave a Comment

Past Long-Term Road Tests