2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test - Wrap-Up

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edited April 2015 in Kia

image2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test - Wrap-Up

Edmunds spent a whole year with the 2011 Kia Optima. How did it hold up? Read all of our findings here.

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  • adkbilladkbill Member Posts: 1
    Read your review, bought 2011 SX new, now have about 50k under her wheels. Speaking of which, I immediately swapped wheels/tires for lightweight rims shod with Michelin's soft riding summer tires. Big improvement in every way. Still love the car. Don't baby her, used as ski car in winter with snows on.
    A few warranty issues were handled quickly (& free) by local dealer. Plan to use car right to its 100k warranty. Thinking about all the cars I've owned this one is best combo of value & performance. Not a bullet off the line, but from 40 - 70 pulls as hard as the front wheels can handle.
    Black looks best cuz it masks the boy-racer hood vent. Tinted windows and especially the moon roof, so one can leave the roof vent open when parked, and not roast inside.
    Get 30 mpg regularly when holding it down to 60-65, by using the Econ switch. Flip it off when brisk passing is anticipated.
    Good car, the turnaround sedan for Kia, for sure.
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