2011 Kia Optima
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Fantastic Value For the Money

by from Valley, Alabama on June 2, 2011

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...
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 virtually every category. If you're looking for a great family car with lots of style, good looks, and thousands of dollars less than their competition - this is your car! Be safe and happy motoring...
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Best Looking Car this Year for Money

by from Springfield, MA on August 8, 2011

Styling--just look at it--part Jaguar, Infiniti, Lexus, but still different enough and easily $5-10, 000+ less than Infiniti. With Turbo EX ( 270hp) it will give a nice highway boost 70mph+and genera...
Styling--just look at it--part Jaguar, Infiniti, Lexus, but still different enough and easily $5-10, 000+ less than Infiniti. With Turbo EX ( 270hp) it will give a nice highway boost 70mph+and general all round power. Interior layout and console elegant and functional. Back seat legroom is spacious as is trunk.Leather all over. Cornering is no awd sports car, but the ride around town and uneven roads makes life more tolerable. Fuel consumption is a real plus. HWY I got 33mpg, and around town averages 24mpg. Overall, it is a pleasure to drive
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Best New Car for the Money

by from Northern California on September 2, 2011

I have had my new Optima for over 6 months and love it more each day. I have had a lot of cars and many new ones and this one for the money gives you the best value. I purchased the navigation package...
I have had my new Optima for over 6 months and love it more each day. I have had a lot of cars and many new ones and this one for the money gives you the best value. I purchased the navigation package and didn't know if I would like it, but it is so easy to work compared to most so I am glad I got it. The back up camera is also a nice feature. I didn't get the leather seats, but think the cloth is nice. The car gets good gas milage and I did think it was a little noisy, but not that bad and now realize it is the tires. Just went for my first free service with oil change and found out there was a recall on some electric component and might be why after 15 minutes into my drive today the doors locked. I told the service people about it and they said that could be the problem. In any case, styling is great along with gas mileage and after driving a Pontiac G6 that was falling apart, had terrible breaks and a electric steering column that would cost $1,500 to fix time and time again I am glad I bought this car. Right away people would stop and say "looks like a Lexus" and I would say, but its not and he said again, but it looks like one without the price and I agree.
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Excellent car, excellent value

by from Eastern TN on May 18, 2011

Haven't had long, but wow, is this a nice car. HID headlamps, dual zone ac, leather seats and some minor items you don't read about much like a gas strut that helps open the hood, interior lighting bu...
Haven't had long, but wow, is this a nice car. HID headlamps, dual zone ac, leather seats and some minor items you don't read about much like a gas strut that helps open the hood, interior lighting built into the bottom of the front arm rests etc... Have been getting very good gas milage, can't wait to take on a trip.
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Fabulous Mid-Size Car

by from Boston, MA on July 29, 2011

The Kia Optima performs well beyond expectations based on what I consider really incompetent reviews by all the supposed experts. First, the supposed numb steering is simply a slight loss of response ...
The Kia Optima performs well beyond expectations based on what I consider really incompetent reviews by all the supposed experts. First, the supposed numb steering is simply a slight loss of response due to the use of more efficient electric motors over hydraulic. More importantly, the car corners fantastically and inspires confidence. Would a car with more responsive steering and inferior cornering like my prior Honda Accord be better, of course not. Amazingly, the ride comfort is also so good, it makes the cornering ability seem more incredible. The Consumer Reports claim that the car has much road noise is also bogus. The NEXEN tires that come with the car are noisy for the first few thousand miles and by 3000 miles no problem. I have 7000 miles now and the car is very quiet at all speeds. The NEXEN tires have few other quibbles other than not thrilled how they respond above 75 MPH so you may want Michelin Pilots or something more high performance. I also recommend the Nav system as it really makes the car by integrating everything and the back-up camera is great. The cloth seats blow away the leather seats so think twice about the EX model, leather was no where near as comfortable and slippery plus heated/cooled would be a must with leather. The car also makes nearly all other cars look antiquated. An SUV, Mini-van, or a pick-up truck seems like a stagecoach next to it, it is so sleek. With 7000 miles, no problems and it has the best warranty. FOR A MID-SIZE CAR, i DON'T SEE HOW YOU CAN DO BETTER.
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What a sweet car!

by from Boston MA on August 3, 2011

This by far is the best car I have ever owned. It has everything I could have asked for and more. I love driving in it. I make up excuses just so I can go out and take another cruise. If you are not s...
This by far is the best car I have ever owned. It has everything I could have asked for and more. I love driving in it. I make up excuses just so I can go out and take another cruise. If you are not sure if you are going to get this car then let me tell you "You will not be dissapointed". Sweet Ride.
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So Far So Good

by from Boston,MA on August 31, 2011

Well I must first preface my comments by saying I've only driven the car 2,900 miles (EX). But, thus far I have had no issues whatsoever. The styling is fantastic. The internal features are phenomenal...
Well I must first preface my comments by saying I've only driven the car 2,900 miles (EX). But, thus far I have had no issues whatsoever. The styling is fantastic. The internal features are phenomenal. The only small critiques I have are the comfort of the Leather seats could be a little better and the engine power is a little lacking. But it is a 4 cylinder so you get what you pay for. The gas mileage is 25-26 mpg combined city/highway. Have not taken it on an extended trip yet. Overall very satisfied thus far.
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Great Car

by from Annapols Md on December 26, 2011

For the money, you cannot get a better car. I got the loaded 2011 Kia Optima with every option and after rebates paid around 23K for leather, heated seats, aircondition seats, sun roof, nav system, in...
For the money, you cannot get a better car. I got the loaded 2011 Kia Optima with every option and after rebates paid around 23K for leather, heated seats, aircondition seats, sun roof, nav system, infinty sound system with butt rattiling sub woofers, heating steering wheel, voice operating system that you can tell the car what to do... It's quick with direct injection and a warranty that cannot be beat...
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Great value.

by from Fenton, Mich on July 29, 2011

Way more car than I'd expected for the price. Looms great, great interior and loaded with features. I can play tunes from my iPhone, talk on it via blue tooth and love the heated steering wheel. Way t...
Way more car than I'd expected for the price. Looms great, great interior and loaded with features. I can play tunes from my iPhone, talk on it via blue tooth and love the heated steering wheel. Way to go Kia!!!
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2011 Optima EX

by from Asheville, NC on July 8, 2011

Test drove several different KIA's but settled on the 2011 Optima EX equipped with both the technology and performance packages. Smart styling, smooth ride and best warranty of all manufacturers, bar ...
Test drove several different KIA's but settled on the 2011 Optima EX equipped with both the technology and performance packages. Smart styling, smooth ride and best warranty of all manufacturers, bar none. Test drive one and see for yourself.
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