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2011 Kia Optima Consumer Reviews

4.8
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That's a Kia?

by from Pittsburgh, PA on August 9, 2011

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. Pros: 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 Cons: 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.
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Remarkable Value

by from Summit, New Jersey on June 1, 2011

I treated myself to a fully decked out SX model, with Turbo, the fancy roof, sport suspension, paddle shifters...even geo positioning and back-up camera. Now three months and 2000 miles into the miss...
I treated myself to a fully decked out SX model, with Turbo, the fancy roof, sport suspension, paddle shifters...even geo positioning and back-up camera. Now three months and 2000 miles into the mission, I am delighted with the Kia Optima. Highway mpg is 36; mixed is 26...all on regular. The paddle shifters allow me to wiggle back and forth between 3rd and 5th, thus keeping the turbo in action. Suspension cooperates for lots of fun driving. I could go on and on with the virtues of this affordable auto....the back seat leg room, the huge trunk, the elegant looks, the air conditioned front seats.....so many thoughful features. I should point out one minor disappointment. Steering is just a bit vague at the center point. I would give up a mile or two in fuel usage to get conventional power steering rather than electric. One can only hope that electric power steering will be refined as time goes on. With the arrival of the Optima, Kia has shown that it is able to duke it out with the more established marques. If it is as reliable as my 2008 Kia Sportage, I will be delighted beyond words.
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Fabulous car

by from Palm Beach, FL on May 25, 2011

I have owned my Kia Optima for about 1 month. It is a fabulous car. I bought the 'loaded' version and I am really happy that I did. From the affinity speakers to the GPS to the high style, it is just ...
I have owned my Kia Optima for about 1 month. It is a fabulous car. I bought the 'loaded' version and I am really happy that I did. From the affinity speakers to the GPS to the high style, it is just a great car. I am gettting about 35 mpg cityhighway with mostly highway. I drive 600 miles a week and already have over 2550 miles onmy car. The best mileage i hit on my 112 mile trip was today when I hit 37 mpg. I love the easy start button, the easy lock/unlock button, the mood lighting in my doors. I just love this car.
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The car we traded in our Outback For

by from NJ on July 12, 2011

Yes, folks, there are those of us out there who think the Subaru Outback is overrated. My wife bought her Outback last June and from day one little pings of doubt snuck in. From non breakaway side mir...
Yes, folks, there are those of us out there who think the Subaru Outback is overrated. My wife bought her Outback last June and from day one little pings of doubt snuck in. From non breakaway side mirrors to seats that felt you were sitting on burlap. After a rather snowy NJ winter,even the 4 wheel drive didn't seem that good. So it was time to bite the bullet and check around. A few family members who own KIA's told us to check them out. Of course, KIA, was never in our car radar, but we did. We actually were looking at the Sorrento, but the Optima caught both of our eyes. Test drove it twice on the highway and around town.Handling was great, much quieter than the Outback and the "goodies" found on this car for the price was outstanding. If this was a BMW it would cost 20K more with the stuff on this car. Have driven it 1k so far and my wife and I love everything about it. So there is life after a Subaru !
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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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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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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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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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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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