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2011-12 Optima



  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    Thanks for the pics, i suspected they were powered; all the fancy cars are powered...and now KIA falls in this category :)
  • jcspohrjcspohr Posts: 97
    Is the UVO system currently available on the 2011 Optima?

    What trim levels have it?


  • "With Ford's popular Sync infotainment system clearly in the crosshairs, Kia Motors on 1/4/2011 confirmed that it will roll out a similar system dubbed UVO, //starting with the 2011 Kia Sorento this summer. UVO, which is short for "Your Voice," will then roll out to other Kia vehicles, the automaker said."

    Please check out the link below for more UVO system information. Hope this helps!
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 417
    I think that was from last year =)

    UVO isnt on the Optima quite yet as far as I know, there is speculation it might debut with the SX trim level or maybe the Hybrid model. It is supposed to get it though eventually, just not sure when.
  • My Kia manual states change the oil every 5k miles, but I previously owned a 2004 Optima and changed it at 6000= 6500 without a problem. The Kia dealer told me I strech oil changes because new cars can handle less frequent oil changes if non extreme driving conditions.
    Also, the 2011 Optima has a service menu that the driver can program for service and oil changes. Check out the manual for details. Hope this helps!

    LUV my Optima!!!!! :) :blush: :shades:
  • Oops, Dash, so sorry! Itwas from 2010. My Optima does not have the UVO, I misread the article and thought that maybe by the summer of 2011, Kia would add the system to it's line up. :D

    Consumer Reports recently slammed Ford's MyTouch system. Kia probably took notice and will design a better system, hopefully.
  • While I really LIKE the car, a lot of their options and standard features on the EX are unnecessary. Heated steering wheel? Heated and cooled seats? Isn't that what used to be called airconditioning and heating? They've managed to mark up the car with needless gizmos.

    They also know that if your heated steering wheel stops working you probably won't run to the stealership to get it fixed right away. You might wait for a couple of other issues to pile up or put it off before inconviencing yourself for that. Hopefully you'll never come in and get it addressed. Then they've managed to charge you more for something you never needed in the first place. Kinda like the automobile version of rebates or gift cards. They hope you'll forget.

    Don't get me wrong, it's got some great specs. But if they don't live up to the hype, all the unneeded add ons will end up just being lipstick on a pig. According to this review, the tires are worthless right out of the box. So far, not good. Let's see what time says this car REALLY is.
  • A lot (more than you listed) "unnecessary" features are OPTIONAL on the EX trim. Nobody is or will be forcing you to buy them. It's your choice. So, I don't see a reason to whine here.
  • LOL you beat me to saying the same thing. I do, however, agree with the point about tires, that's unfortunate. Although to get rid of the stock SX rims I just can't embrace, my plan is to get aftermarket wheels and some real tires so that takes care of that.
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 417
    Mark up the car? It's easily one of the best values in the segment, even eclipsing the Sonata which has been touted as a high value purchase. You're getting more for less, then worried something will break and it's a Kia conspiracy to boot :confuse:

    If you want to talk reviews, I can give you about a dozen highly positive ones from mainstream sources including the one we're posting on which calls it a must drive in the class and lists "impressive value" as a strength.

    As for time, we've seen the engine for a while now in the Sonata and the Optima has been around for some months now as the K5 in Korea. Doing quite nicely there as far as I know.

    The tires, well there I might agree with you. Dont know much about them.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Kia includes these features for the same price (or less) than comparable models that don't offer any sort of similar equipment. If you live in WI in January as I do, the heated wheel is a godsend. Formerly, you usually had to spend 10's of thousands more for a model that offered this terrific feature.

    As for heated and cooled seats, these are great features with leather. I will not buy a car with leather that does not have heated seats. In the heat of summer, the seat ventilation does wonders for your comfort on leather. Heated rear seats are a great idea too. Why should your rear passengers sit on an icy leather seat when you and your front passenger sit on warm leather.

    I would buy an EX right now, but I think I want an AWD sedan, given my steep driveway and winter. That limits me to cars like the Kizashi, A4, Infiniti G, etc. Most of them are considerably more $$ than the Kia.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    Did you choose your new car because of the infotainment technology features it offered? Might you be tempted to replace a used car that feels out of date from an infotainment technology standpoint? If so a reporter wants to interview you. Please email by Tuesday, January 25, 2010 with your daytime contact info and a few words on the topic.

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  • I drove both vehicles in the same day. The Kia has great features for the money, but I thought that the Regal was more comfortable. In the Buick, both front seats have power and adjustable lumbar support. The Regal also feels more solid and heavier (which it is) on the road.

    The Kia's infotainment center is easier to use. The Regal employs an "I-drive" control nob for adjustments and input.

    Both are worthy of consideration.
  • Not whining. But that's a popular word to sling around on the web, so I understand. Sheep being what they are. Why would you need power mirrors that fold in? How often would one use that?

    Give me a good base car with 'some' gizmos and I'm happy. If people have to swap out rims and tires they don't like and can't get another option for then that's a mark up.

    Don't get me wrong, I like the car. Haven't seen the EX in person yet. But the LX is nice. It'd be nice to be able to get the EX without leather and heated and cooled seats or if they offered even a standard sunroof in the LX that would work for me. I don't like the looks of the sonata or I'd buy one of those.

    I guess Kia saves money by limiting their options. I think one of the salespeople said Kia is to Hyundai in a similar way as Scion is to Toyota. Makes sense. Great car. But I think car makers are going a bit far adrift with all the nonsense and getting away from the important things. Offer a 10 year warranty you're not going to nitpick the owners about when they try to use it.

    We'll see how they hold up. If the past is any indication, they won't. Months are NOTHING in the automotive world. Drive one of these off the lot and you've lost several thousand dollars, heated steering wheel and all.
  • One person's junk is another person's treasure. No, Snowallergy, you're not whining. It simply sounds like you haven't done your homework on the Kia brand. The LX might work for you since it has few bells and whistles. Why not test drive one?

    BTW, power mirrors are great to have- I use mine weekly at the car wash and if I park in a tight spot. Upgraded rims and tires are a personal choice, not a mark up. Customization doesn't mark up a car. While Hyundai owns Kia, they are 2 different companies; the Scion is a Toyota model.

    Kia offers a lot for the price. Why not test drive one before slamming it? Having owned a Kia previously without any problems, Kia has a proven track record of good reliability. Lastly, ALL cars depreciate greatly after purchase. You might want to read some of the articles posted by others on this site for more factual information.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    I don't understand your issue with additional equipment, especially if it is reliable and provided at no extra cost. You don't have to use features you don't wish to, but having them will if nothing else increase the resale value of your car. As for folding mirrors, I have a relatively narrow two car garage, and I fold the mirrors on one of my vehicles every time I pull in. I had power folding mirrors way back on my 1993 Isuzu Trooper. They never failed to work properly back then, and you'd be surprised how often they were used.

    The Optima is getting such great press partially because nothing else in its class is so well equipped for the money. Buy the LX if you want more of a stripped model, and have an aftermarket sunroof installed. They are almost indistinguishable these days from the factory installations.
  • Snow, you're a hoot. Giving someone a hard time about the term 'whining', then you go and use 'sheep'. :blush:

    Your complaints/concerns/disappointments are generic. You could throw them at just about any vehicle out there.

    I'm genuinely confused as to why you would opt for an upscale trim (EX) since you seem to have a distaste for these unnecessary mark-ups (aka options). What does the EX give you that you would want? Maybe you hate automakers bundling options together. Sure, ala carte is nice. Wish the cable company would do that too...

    What are the 'important things'? Would you acknowledge that 'important things' mean something entirely different from one person to the next?

    People swap out rims and tires for many reasons. We may not agree with those reasons, but is their prerogative. EVERYBODY has hobbies, indulgences, or interests that someone else would think is foolish.

    The only relative constant here is that the Kia is CHEAP compared to other new vehicles in the midsize sedan class. Even including all those silly features you scoff at.
  • My local newspaper published a very favorable review of the new Optima today. You may have seen it because I'm sure it's syndicated. The seats were the only complaint. Great looking car and the first Hyundai/Kia product I would consider buying. Good to hear there are many fans here.
  • There are 57 NTSB complaints about the 2011 kia sorento. Since this car is just now hitting the streets, I think we'll see the same here. No longer interested. It appears the more things change the more they stay the same. 10 years ago when I purchased my camry I was considering a hyundai xb300 (?, something with a name like that). I dodged a bullet then and it appears this time as well. Kia and hyundai are STILL junk after another decade.

    One thing I didn't do when first got in my camry back then, I didn't say 'gee this sure could use a heated steering wheel'... The reason I complained about all the junk is you can't get a sunroof without buying all the crap. Basically, it amounts to a 2,000 sunroof. As I said b4 I doubt anyone will take time off from their lives or work to run to the stealership to get their broken heated steering wheel fixed. They'll put it off until something else falls apart. On the upside, that something else will happen sooner rather than later. Enjoy the overpriced junk. It sure looks good. But so did my ex wife.
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