Based on Kia Optima EX
With its redesign for 2011, Kia has transformed its Optima family sedan from a plain, forgettable entry to one of the most distinctively styled cars in the class. In addition to new exterior and interior styling, the 2011 Optima offers a choice of more powerful engines as well as a hybrid versio... Read Full Report
If I told you a car is stylish, fun to drive, fuel efficient, filled with upscale features and costs less than $30,000, you'd have a hard time believing me. If I told you — sight unseen — that the 2011 Kia Optima is such a car, you'd have a really hard time believing me until you saw this gorgeous midsize sedan. Of course, if I showed you the 2011 Optima's price tag... Read full review for the 2011 Kia Optima
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I was sold on my first test drive. These cars are well equipped, roomy, and fun to drive. It only makes it better that they have excellent fuel economy and they stack up well with the competition in v... Read Full Review
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.
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