Deja Vu From the Driver Seat - 2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

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edited February 2016 in Kia
imageDeja Vu From the Driver Seat - 2016 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

Our 2016 Kia Optima has a familiar interior. The center stack, instrument panel and dashboard designs are dead ringers for those of our former long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata.

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  • vvkvvk Member Posts: 196
    Recently I was looking for a commuter car to replace a totaled E46 BMW. I test drove a 2015 Sonata. While it was pretty good in some respects, I found it to be way too noisy. There was a lot of engine noise as well as tire/wind noise. In all fairness, I found Hyundai Equus I test drove later to be too noisy as well, with lots of annoying wind noise around the side mirrors.
  • MarkHolthoffMarkHolthoff Santa Monica, CAMember Posts: 101
    edited February 2016
    vvk said:

    Recently I was looking for a commuter car to replace a totaled E46 BMW. I test drove a 2015 Sonata. While it was pretty good in some respects, I found it to be way too noisy. There was a lot of engine noise as well as tire/wind noise. In all fairness, I found Hyundai Equus I test drove later to be too noisy as well, with lots of annoying wind noise around the side mirrors.

    Interesting perspective. What did you end up buying?
  • vvkvvk Member Posts: 196
    > Interesting perspective. What did you end up buying?

    Another 3-series.
  • subytrojansubytrojan Monterey Park, CaliforniaMember Posts: 120
    vvk said:

    > Interesting perspective. What did you end up buying?

    Another 3-series.

    E90/91/92/93?
  • vvkvvk Member Posts: 196

    vvk said:

    > Interesting perspective. What did you end up buying?

    Another 3-series.

    E90/91/92/93?
    2011 E93 M Sport manual. It is fantastic. Quet, comfortable, sublime steering, superb car. Love it!

    Getting terrific fuel economy so far, too. Have been commuting in my 550i since the accident that destroyed the E46, annoyed at having to gas up every other day.
  • tempestingtempesting Member Posts: 21
    vvk said:

    Recently I was looking for a commuter car to replace a totaled E46 BMW. I test drove a 2015 Sonata. While it was pretty good in some respects, I found it to be way too noisy. There was a lot of engine noise as well as tire/wind noise. In all fairness, I found Hyundai Equus I test drove later to be too noisy as well, with lots of annoying wind noise around the side mirrors.

    The Equus is known to be very quite.. 1db off the Lexus LS600h.
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