The review title is just one of the comments I've received on my 2011 Kia Optima SX. A few more: "That is the most beautiful car I've ever seen!" "I can't believe that's a Kia!" "I'm likin' the Kia." ...
The review title is just one of the comments I've received on my 2011 Kia Optima SX. A few more: "That is the most beautiful car I've ever seen!" "I can't believe that's a Kia!" "I'm likin' the Kia." My UPS guy loves the wheels. It is the most svelte car I’ve ever driven. Great long distance cruiser too – made it from Pittsburgh to DC in May on a ½ tank of gas, and had another 250 miles to go till empty. Roughly a 500 mile range driving at 65-75 mph. That is respectable for a large vehicle.
I bought a base SX, with NO options on April 30th, 2011 from a dealer in Pittsburgh, PA. Did a lot of research and price shopping at cars.com online before ever stepping into a dealership. Usually, the end of the month is the best time to buy, because dealers have to meet their quotas. Make sure you drive the car you plan on purchasing. Some of the early production runs had left pull issues - mine did, and was rectified after second visit to a different Kia dealer. Also, pre delivery inspection of your new car should include checking tire pressure. My tires were at 47psi - it was like driving Fred Flinstone around. The car rides much better with 35 lbs in the tires.
This car is Snow White Pearl, and looks like nothing else on the road. It has the 18 inch “Pizza" sport style wheels - they are super easy to clean. The SX had enough standard features on it for me,(HID headlights, larger brakes, wheels and tires, stiffer “sport-tuned” suspension, LED tail lights, turbo, boy racer body bits) so I shopped around until I found the car, color, and price I wanted to pay for a base SX.
I used my 1999 Audi A6 Avant as a benchmark when starting the quest for a replacement vehicle. Build quality, style, handling, interior ergonomics, and comfort were on my checklist. I drove an EX with the 2.4 liter 200 hp engine - liked the car. Then I drove an SX at 274 hp - sold. This engine has incredible torque. Feels like a six. I find myself taking the long way home every day.
The doors close with a nice thunk – not hollow and cheap sounding like a Honda door. Steering is electronically assisted, and takes a day to get used to. By design, the steering is programmed to be on center. Another reason I went with the SX over the EX, is the Supervision instrument cluster and the dark interior. The EX with the two tone interior reminded me too much of rental cars. The dash layout is very legible, with a minimum of buttons. Fit and finish are excellent.
Car is sexy as heck – looks more expensive than it is
Engine – no turbo lag, even with ECO mode engaged
Warranty – the best (especially when beta testing the turbo)
Bluetooth for hands free calling via voice command
Proximity key and push button start
Gas mileage - averaging 23 city, 33 highway on regular gas. Car has 3200 miles on it at this writing - mileage should improve after the first oil change
Handling - Very good for a sporty sedan
Auto-dimming rear view mirror, just like my dear departed Audi..
Roomy – I’m 6ft 2, and someone as tall as me can sit behind me comfortably
The standard audio system has wimpy speakers
No power adjustable passenger seat in the base SX
Front field of vision is slightly impaired by huge rear view mirror – ditto the rear view – car has a high tail. Be careful backing up. (If you are short – buy a loaded car with the backup camera)
Snow White Pearl is hard to keep clean
The stock tires are a little noisy at first
HID high beams, LED Daytime Running Lights, Headlight Washers are not available on US spec cars, but available in Australia and other countries
Can't order options separately - liked the Infinity sound system, but did not need the sat nav
Nitpicking about the cons - hard to find fault with this vehicle. It offers a combination of style, speed and value that the competition simply can't touch.