2011 Kia Optima User Reviews

2011 Kia Optima Review Ratings

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  • Performance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
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  • Build Quality:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5

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"ride" 5 reviews
"roof" 2 reviews
"seat" 2 reviews
"big car" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
CONS
"light" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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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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Redswede writes:
2011 Kia Optima EX Review
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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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Brandon writes:
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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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Tim writes:
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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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Tless writes:
2011 Kia Optima EX Turbo Review
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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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joel0981 writes:
2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review
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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:
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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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Merrill writes:
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Exceeded all my expectations at a bargain price

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None noted yet.

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Great Daily Driver — 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.

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greggully writes:
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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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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!

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2013 Kia Optima Reviews

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2012 Kia Optima Reviews

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2009 Kia Optima Reviews

Kia Optima: Good Value Family Car By fisheral

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2008 Kia Optima Reviews

Lots Of Car For The Value! By ncdiscountcars

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