2011 Kia Optima Wins Cars.com's 'Best of 2011' Award

By Patrick Olsen  on January 11, 2011

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The past year has seen the automotive industry rebound from bankruptcies and an economic crisis with an outpouring of new and redesigned models, with electric cars stealing most of the headlines.

Out of the dozens of newly introduced or redesigned cars, our experts have chosen the Kia Optima as the “Cars.com Best of 2011.” Here’s a peek at what our experts had to say about the Optima:

“The Optima delivers outstanding fuel efficiency and a good driving experience – better on both fronts than the [Hyundai] Sonata. The smaller Chevrolet Cruze was the strongest runner-up in our voting on this award, but the Cruze’s impressive gas mileage comes with only one of its five trim levels. The fact is, the Optima’s mass-market drivetrain — a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic — renders 27 mpg in combined EPA city/highway ratings, and you can get that in the mainline LX and EX trims. That matches the most efficient four-cylinder competitors; you’d have to get a hybrid family sedan to beat it.”

The Optima edged out these five other outstanding nominees:

  • BMW 5 Series
  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Nissan Leaf

Get all of the details here.


Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen was born and raised in California. He loves pickup trucks and drivers who pay attention.  Email Patrick


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