2011 Kia Optima User Reviews

2011 Kia Optima Review Ratings

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"ride" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"space" 2 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"price" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"light" 3 reviews

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2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review
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5

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Exceeded all my expectations at a bargain price. After 4 years this car is still a head turner and a joy to drive.  I still love it.

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After 4 years this car has had two issues. The check engine light came on at 4,000 miles.  The fuel injectors and fuel rails were replaced under warranty.  At 38,000 miles a gas leak from the high pressure fuel pump.  The pump and the gas line were replaced under warranty.  Otherwise, the car has been rock solid and Kia service has been excellent.  Although, speaking of rock solid, the seats are very firm.  Too firm.  This is unique to the 2011.  New more comfortable seats were put in for 2012 because of many complaints about how hard the seats were initially.

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Excellent Car That Still Turns Heads After 4 Years And 40,000 Miles. — I bought this Kia as a replacement for a 2008 Infiniti M, and I have previously owned Cadillac, Chrysler, Buick and Acura. I was blown away by the power, style and comfort in this Kia, especially compared to the luxury brands I was considering. I have options on this car that I cannot get on some more expensive brands at any price. This Kia has smooth power and rides/handles on par with my Infiniti, while getting much better gas mileage and it runs on regular. I am really surprised how much I enjoy this car compared to the more expensive brands I had been driving. Update: At 36,000 miles I replaced the Nexen tires with Uniroyal Tiger Paws. The Nexens were not completely worn out, but were no longer safe for winter driving. The gas mileage has improved to 28 city and 38 highway, with about 32 mpg overall. Synthetic oil has always been used, so I attribute this excellent mileage to this. The ECO button was also used about half of the time.The leather and mesh seats show no wear at all. I was concerned the mesh would be a crap collector and discolor easily, but it is still clean and sparkles in the sunlight. The heated and cooled seats are the best of any car I have owned, and I recently added another new Buick to my garage with heated and cooled seats and the Kia has it beat. Although, the Kia seats are quite hard and buying the Buick has made that even more noticeable..

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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joel0981 writes:
2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review
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5

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Interior room.

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Only comes in automatic

joel0981
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Fun, Fast, And Reliable — I love everything, speed and handling. Small motor with big bite. Shift able automatic and very nice navigation system with rear view camer. But sad to see it didn't come out in manual. Hopefully one day kia will decide to make one for the market.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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salvadorefrain94 writes:
2011 Kia Optima EX Review
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4

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Looks like a high end vehicle but you still drive something that is a lot cheaper and perhaps more reliable than anything I had in the past!

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Is a large sedan so you have to get used to driving it around and parking it in small areas. But very space full.

salvadorefrain94
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Best Car I Ever Had — I have 3 cars in my entire life. I am 19 and so far the KIA Optima is the most reliable vehicle I had not only that but it definitely has a luxury look to it so is also very stylish as well as economic.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Redswede writes:
2011 Kia Optima EX Review
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5

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  Get's wows for looks from both men and women. Is powerful(yet 35 mpg highway, we've done it!) for a 2.4L but so buttery smooth and nearly noise free. It's comfortable even on long trips and has all the stuff a much more expensive car has and more. The  sunroof covers the entire roof! It has all 4 heated and front cooled seats and a heated steering wheel for God's sake!    

update: Reliable! First push of the button starting always without exception, no clunks, vibrations. OEM tires are still hanging in with 50% tread. Still gets looks and comments.

Cons

could be more economical in town gets about 19-20 in cold 21-22 in warm weather on EPA of 24.

Redswede
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A Keeper And Then Some! — Being a guy I wish it was the Turbo but it's my wife's car. My wife didn't like driving before but now she even does some mild "road racer" moves and a little straight line "hot rodding" on rare occasion. See Pros Update Just returned from a 2200 mile vacation trip to Chicago and then Niagra Falls, Ontario. Not a single issue with the car. Everything worked properly, as expected, and using an additive got very good mileage both town and hiway (27.9 mpg combined as near as I can figure because Canadian gas is sold by the liter) that's approx. 350/1850 16% town/ 84%hiway. somewhat more favorable than the EPA's 30/70 but it is what it is. Driving in Chicago and Niagra Falls are both a nightmare, wall to wall people. We have about 22000 miles on her now and no rattles or squeaks, everything works as intended. Dealer just replaced the windshield wipers, cabin air filter, rotated the tires (3rd time) and changed the oil using blended synthetic and did his "multipoint check" all for $123 and we are good to go. Update: 23500 miles The ignition interlock switch on the brake pedal started sticking in the open position and the car wouldn't start. No cost to fix it but a nuisance stomping the pedal to free it to start the car. Was told this has been a common problem. Also got a screw in the sidewall on the left front tire that I had patched but it wouldn't hold. New set of Firestone Precision Touring tires yielded an amazing improvement in ride, road noise and control from OEM Nexen's. They aren't cheap but are worth every penny.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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KennethB writes:
2011 Kia Optima EX Review
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5

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This car is an OUTSTANDING value! With the luxury package you get a dual panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled front seats. Heated rear seats. Heated steering wheel. Memory driver's seat. Push button start and keyless entry.
  The car looks fantastic and has a standard 200 HP GDI engine.  Bluetooth is standard along with a refrigerated glove box. It is a pleasure to drive and turns heads every where you go. 10 year 100K powertrain warranty. All for under $28K.

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The factory tires are a little noisy. Instrument lighting on steering wheel and door controls is too dim.

KennethB
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Best Car For The Money...period. — This car makes you feel like you are driving a high-end BMW or Jag. It makes Lexus owners want to cry. Do yourself a favor and test drive one. You will go home a believer. P.S. I am a real person and this is a real review...not some con job from a dealer.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Tim writes:
2011 Kia Optima LX Review
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5

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Everything

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Not much, just the power, but that is available in the EX and SX trims.

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Great Car, A Must Buy. Kia Is Here To Stay! — Wish I had more power, but it's in the SX trim with its 2.0L Turbocharged engine. Love the car though. Great room, great milage, great look. Kia's new direction is incredible and the prices for what you are getting is unbeatable.

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greggully writes:
2011 Kia Optima EX Turbo Review
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Style

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greggully
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Fantastic Machine — At 1st I said I would NEVER own a KIA!! Boy was I surprised when I took it for a road test. I went back to the dealer and drove home 2 hrs later in my new Kia. Wanna talk about fast....when that turbo kicks in its like a rocket. No as fast as my 911 but it would give it a run for the money!! Style, dependability, inexpensive maintenance and speed all in 1 car.

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Brandon writes:
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5

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the stereo and the heated and cooled leather seats are awesome

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no performance mods yet

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Sweet Ride — love the car fast for a family car and its got all the options a cadi has with out the price and the high cost of repairs cant wait for the performance mods to start coming out deff next on my list to do

Primary Use: Family transportation

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This car is EXCELLENT....YEAAAAAAAAAA KIA ! It gets looks from everryone...everywhere I go....Great Highway Car!

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I did have the option to add a roof and I miss having that...also my particular car did not have Fog lights..I was told KIA wont make a KIT for Add on Fog lights.....So I miss those two features in my own KIA..... My next KIA will be FULLY LOADED!

donnacriss
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Great Car...great Price! — SLeek body Style mid size car with lots of room to drive with comfort...I have owned 2 Brand New KIA's..one in 2005 and my New 2011...I will always Stick with The NEWEST INNOVATIVE and STYLISH KIA O!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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A lot of car for the money

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No negatives, only positives

Tless
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Fun To Drive — Great looking vehicle inside and out. Very fast for a 4 cyl even with the Turbo, mpg as stated, averaging 31 with mixed driving. Great for a care this big. Comfortable, and well appointed.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2001 Kia Optima Reviews

Good Commuter By Jeffrey

Some reliability issues as it ages. All of the steell lines(brakes and steering) have rotted. not bad for 140k. Alternator and brakes have been done. Too bad no one can build a car with reliable rear ... Read More

It Rocks By Kristin

it has a spacious interior, adequete acceleration, good on the gas mileage, and fun to drive. The handling is smooth and the maintenance is relatively light if the car is newer and wasn't previously o... Read More

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2002 Kia Optima Reviews

Great Sporty, Family Car. By cooltonep

I really like this car and I would recommend it to others. It has a nice body and its deceptively fast. The one negative is that it requires frequent fuel fill-ups as it does eat up gas if used as a p... Read More

Effective By Diana715

Overall this is very reliable car. It is a safe car. I like the fact that it has leather seats and a sun roof. It drives very well but does have a few mechanical issues that need some work. It is ... Read More

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2003 Kia Optima Reviews

Looks Great, Runs Perfectly, Has Good Power! By daaronlane31

This car has been a terrific part of my family. Always have enjoyed driving it. Is very comfortable to drive every day! Is an excellent family car that I'm sure anyone would enjoy driving every day. I... Read More

I'm A Kia Optima Driver For Life! By DeMaster

I love the fact that this car has been reliable in all conditions and has proven it's paid for itself over and over, thanks Kia! features in this 03 model are still competitive today. the multiple big... Read More

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2004 Kia Optima Reviews

I Am Happy With This Car Overall By mrleger

I bought this car in 2005 with 10,000 miles on it. Its now 2015 it has around 235,000 miles and beside for normal maintenance I have not had many issues with it other than the air bag light and headli... Read More

Great All Around Car. By sellquick

The car is an awesome performer with plenty of power. The AC will freeze you out. Gas mileage is great. Interior cabin is well laid out with all controls easily accessible. Very comfortable to drive. ... Read More

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2005 Kia Optima Reviews

2005 Kia Optima Ex-v6 By Richard

We, especially my wife, loves the smaller size of the Optima as compared to her old 1999 Buick Century. Although the ride was a bit smoother in the Buick (a plus for most mid size Buick sedans due to ... Read More

Good Car, Wish I Could Have Owned It New By JPenn856

I dislike the automatic transmission, it takes away from the power of the motor. The car gets around thirty miles to the gallon, and generally runs on any type of gas. I is a fun driver and I drive it... Read More

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