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2011 Kia Optima EX TurboReview
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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

Pros: A lot of car for the money

Cons: No negatives, only positives

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2011 Kia Optima SX TurboReview
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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

Pros: 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.

Cons: 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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2011 Kia Optima EXReview
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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

Pros:   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.

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2011 Kia Optima SX TurboReview
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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

Pros: the stereo and the heated and cooled leather seats are awesome

Cons: no performance mods yet

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2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review
Hoo says:
Overall smooth ride, stylish, excellent interior and options, great handling/braking, good mileage to be equipped with a turbo.
vs2011 Dodge Charger Police RWD
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2011 Kia Optima Review
Amanda_5150 says:
vs2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SL
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Looks/Style Ranked 2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SL worse.
"More sporty and space."

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