2011 Kia Optima

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2011 KIA Optima
2011 KIA Optima
The Kia Optima has been around since 2001. It is a 5 passenger, midsize sedan that has been placed to be comparable with the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and the Honda Accord. Good value, with a large list of standard features at a relatively low price has been a hallmark of the Optima since its inception. The design is now much more of a stand out on the road than its somewhat bland predecessor.

For 2011, the Optima follows the general trend of midsize sedans and has been redesigned as a larger overall vehicle, which sits lower to the ground. Kia offers it in 3 available trim levels. The base model is the LX, a sportier SX, and the upscale EX with three available drive train options available.

Engines for the optima are 2.4 liter, four cylinders. They can be selected in either a naturally aspirated 200HP model, a turbocharged variant making 274 horsepower, and early next year, a hybrid version will be available. All engines are available with either a 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission. The transmission for the hybrid will be tuned specifically for hybrid duty.
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Consumers are gravitating toward Korean cars, and both Hyundai and Kia benefited from the trend in September of 2011. Kia reported its 13th consecutive month of record sales, while the sales of the new Hyundai Veloster started off reasonably strong. Hyundai: Up 12 Percent – 52,051 Units Sold The new Veloster has only been on sale since mid-September, but Hyundai reports that 838 examples of the three-door car have already been sold in less than two weeks. The Santa Fe and Tucson crossovers also performed strongly this month, selling 6213 and 3724 units, accounting for 67- and 36-percent increases, respectively. The Sonata and Elantra continue to be Hyundai’s top-sellers: 18,181 Sonatas were sold, while 14,386 Elantras were sold for the month of September, and the luxurious Equus exceeded its first full-year sales target, selling 292 units this month, and 2,283 for the year. Kia: Up 18.4 Percent – 35,609 Units Sold In the winner’s circle, the U.S.-built Sorento SUV came out on top once again, selling 11,112 units compared to 10,115 over the same period last year. The Soul shuffled 6666 units off the lot compared to 5,346 sold in September 2011. But most valuable player of the bunch is the Optima: 6191 units in September, tripling the 2,204 units sold in the same period last year. Year-to-date sales for the stylish midsize sedan increased 162 percent, selling 55,737 compared to last year’s 21,222. It comes as no surprise that numbers for the discontinued Borrego continue to dwindle. Only 10 units were sold compared to the 1107 purchased in the same span last year.  Year-to-date sales total 375 vehicles – a 95-percent decrease over the 8,313 units sold last year. The Rio sold 1,638 last year in September, but only 190 units of the all-new 2012 model were sold in September. However, we expect sales numbers to increase in the upcoming months as production is ramped up to full capacity. Forte sales stayed steady, increasing six percent to 5458 units. Source: Kia, Hyundai    
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Consumers are jumping on the Seoul train, with both Korean companies continuing to announce all-time record sales, thanks in part to the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2011 Kia Optima. Hyundai sold  59,214 units in May 2011 compared to Kia’s 48,212  vehicles sold.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed to Ward’s Auto that fatalities on U.S. highways have declined by more than 1,000 people in the last year, validating their earlier estimate of 2010 being a record year for safety.
2011 Kia Optima Front Three Quarter
Nissan isn’t the only automaker planning to build more cars on American soil. Kia has announced that it will build the Optima sedan at its Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia plant in West Point, Georgia. Production of the Optima will begin there this fall.
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Another Kia Optima, another car crippled by wretched tires. As with the less powerful Kia Optima EX that we tested in late 2010, this Optima Turbo was shod with Nexen Class Premiere tires. Just as you'd expect, delivering an extra 74 hp to the front wheels does little good when the tires have all the grip of a greased pan. It's a shame that Kia pinched pennies when choosing the tires, because they take away so much from an otherwise excellent car.
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2011 Kia Optima Specifications

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
35 MPG
200 hp @ 6300rpm
186 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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