2011 Kia Optima SX turbo
Manufacturer: Kia Part number: 101366171
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CNET editors' review
price range: $25,995.00
- Reviewed by: Wayne Cunningham
- Reviewed on: 07/22/2011
The good: Fully loaded, the 2011 Kia Optima SX offers cabin appointments equaling those of much more expensive cars. The engine uses direct injection and a turbocharger to produce 274 horsepower. The Infinity audio system provides very satisfying music.
The bad: The navigation system does not include perspective-view maps. The turbo makes it easy to drop below the EPA fuel economy range.
The bottom line: The 2011 Kia Optima SX makes the midsize sedan interesting through fine cabin appointments, plenty of power, and unique exterior styling.
I love this car
by tycoon1980 on July 22, 2011
Pros: Everything for a car in the mid-sized class is out of this world but the tires.
Cons: Tires...they sucks
Summary: I own the SX fully loaded model. The only thing i dont like about this car is the tires. They will slip even on road painting markings. I plan to ...
Summary: I own the SX fully loaded model. The only thing i dont like about this car is the tires. They will slip even on road painting markings. I plan to see how they do through the iowa winters and if they suck (like i think they will), i will plan to upgrade the tires to do better during all season and performance. Other then the tires its the best car i have owned to date.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Sweet, smooth, satisfying ride!
by ntyupyours on July 22, 2011
Pros: With the three S's covered, what more could you want for the MONEY? I got much more than comparable cars for the amount of money I've spent. I've previously had a Spectra and loved it. It needed refinement, but I love machines of all types! What can I
Cons: Umm...honestly, I'm thinking really hard right now, but I can think of none! I have the panoramic sun roof and WOW. I feel like I can live in this thing. The reviewer above states that one of his "cons" is that it's easy to use more fuel because of the
Summary: Bottom line is I've owned my SX for about a month now and can't wait to drive it in the morning. This is huge to me because I'...
Summary: Bottom line is I've owned my SX for about a month now and can't wait to drive it in the morning. This is huge to me because I'm a complete night owl and HATE waking up for work! But with this baby in my carport, I like to peek at the ride from my window upstairs in my bedroom while I look out to check the weather. Morning ritual for me. Also, I was considering a Camry...boring... seriously boring. It felt like the most average car in the world, zero personality. And my other possible choice was an Accord and loved the way it drove, but it was so bare! The options were a ton of money. And they only offered 3yr/36,000 warranty!!! ***? I know Honda's are supposed to last a while or whatever, and but I've had my fair share of automotive mishaps and it involves Hondas too. And if they're cars are so darn reliable, why not just simply offer a 10yr/100,000 warranty? Because they don't trust their vehicles that's why.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Mid-Sized Sedan on the Market.
by william_thomas_1 on August 26, 2012
Pros: The interior is as about as sharp as it gets and easily rivals high end cars. The fuel economy backed with the 274 horse power engine is one of the best in its category.
Cons: If it wants to compete with BMW 5 series, then it will need to tighten up the steering and suspension and possible get a new name similar to how Ford has Lincoln or Chevy has Cadillac because the name Kia is the most negative thing about the vehicle.
Summary: I traded a 2008 Lincoln MKX Limited in for an Optima SX (my wife owns a 2008 BMW 325xi) and this is by far the best vehicle I have ever ...
Summary: I traded a 2008 Lincoln MKX Limited in for an Optima SX (my wife owns a 2008 BMW 325xi) and this is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned when it comes to interior quality and technology.
Love the look,love the style... It's a hott looking car
by KerilynnAllen on February 13, 2012
Pros: Everything about it... Fresh and new and looks better then the average expedsive car...
Cons: Tires. With in a month and a half 750 miles on the car and I have to replace a tire already..... That takes a lot of the love out of this car......
Summary: tires stink
Summary: tires stink
Simply ahead of it's class!
by YankFan71 on September 22, 2011
Pros: Styling, options and looks. I also have to mention that it is a very safe car. If you're ever involved in a crash this is the car you want to be in.
Cons: Almost too much for the money therefore making it extremely difficult to even consider any other car out there, if that's a con. It's plastic noisy tires and it could use better handling.
Summary: Go out and buy one and invest in new tires.
Summary: Go out and buy one and invest in new tires.
Very Nice Car!
by msekula on August 18, 2011
Pros: Car has great gadgets - GPS, Sirrus radio, padel shiffers to drive manual, infinity stereo, front heated and "cooled" seats, rear fold down seats, huge trunk, awesome 274 hp engine with a lot of move, front and rear moonroof, power seats, security system
Cons: Car is high in the back so it can be hard to view cars on the right and left when changing lanes. Just need to be careful.
Summary: It's an excellent car for the money. It rides nice and it's giving me abou 27 miles to the gallon on "average". I am getting in the thirties ...
Summary: It's an excellent car for the money. It rides nice and it's giving me abou 27 miles to the gallon on "average". I am getting in the thirties on the highway.Please not I meant to say "Paddle Shifters" . Typing too fast!
Updated on Aug 18, 2011
Fast, good looking reasonably priced sporty sedan
by myoda on July 24, 2011
Pros: Styling - Stunning - looks more expensive than it is.
2.0 Turbo 4 cylinder feels like a 6 - 90 feels like 50
Great gas mileage if you drive using ECO mode
Good interior ergonomics - most controls are logically arranged
The SX trim includes standard equip
Cons: Dealer did not perform proper pre-inspection delivery - tires overinflated - slight left pull issue, corrected after 2 visits
No all-wheel drive option
Summary: I was looking for a car to replace my 1999 Audi A6 Avant - I owned it for 10 years as the second owner. At 130,000 miles, it needed ...
Summary: I was looking for a car to replace my 1999 Audi A6 Avant - I owned it for 10 years as the second owner. At 130,000 miles, it needed some work. I decided to shop for a new vehicle instead of putting more money into the Audi. For my job, I travel - and rent a lot of cars. My favorite rentals and possible car selections were the Chevy Malibu, Cadillac CTS AWD, Chevy Camaro, and Toyota Camry. I also looked at the VW Jetta Diesel Sportwagen.
I saw a commercial for the 2011 Kia Optima during the Super Bowl
I was hooked on the design of the car - and had to see one in person. The first car I looked at was the LX, sat in the back seat and was impressed with the legroom. I'm 6ft 2, and had room to spare. Drove an EX with the standard 200 hp 4 cylinder engine, and was impressed with the ride, but not the performance of the engine. I could not get comfortable in the driver's seat of this LX - no power adjustment with the base trimmed LX.
Then I drove a loaded SX with the Premium and Technology package. The 8 way power driver's seat and the 274 hp 2.0 turbo sold me on this vehicle. I liked to EX Turbo, but wanted the HID headlights, LED taillights, stiffer suspension, larger brakes, and wheels the SX version offered. I have the SX with no options, other than the cargo mat, floor mats, wheel locks, and a totally useless rear bumper applique. As much as I liked having heated seats, a sunroof and Bose audio in my Audi, I could not see spending $4000 for heated and cooled seats, sunroof and Infinity audio system in the Optima. Bought a Snow White Pearl SX on April 30th, 2011. Almost 3000 miles on it. No issues. Great gas mileage on the highway, average 35 to 37 at 70 to 75 mpg with ECO mode on. Will be better after the first oil change. Around town, average about 22 to 24 mpg - less if driving with a lead foot. It is a sporty, not a sport sedan. I get a big smile on my face every time I step on it. Drive one.
- Manufacturer: Kia
- Part number: 101366171
- Bottom Line: The 2011 Kia Optima SX makes the midsize sedan interesting through fine cabin appointments, plenty of power, and unique exterior styling.
Basic car properties
- Body style Sedan
- Available Engine Gas
- Smart airbags Standard
- Antilock brakes Standard
- Traction control Standard
- Stability control Standard
- Roadside assistance Standard
- Adaptive cruise control Standard
- Satellite radio Standard
- Connection for portable MP3 sound system Standard
- MP3 CD-enabled sound system Standard
- USB connection Standard
- Multizone climate control Standard
- Two-way security system Standard
- 12V power outlet Standard
- Drivetrain available Front-drive
- Trip computer Standard
- Bluetooth phone interface Standard
- Home automation integration Standard
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