Vehicle Overview from Edmunds.com
Edmunds.com 2011 Kia Optima Overview
As with most of the 2011 Kia lineup, the Optima is all-new, featuring the same sharp style as its stablemates. The bland exterior of the outgoing model has been replaced with more athletic-looking sheet metal. Underneath, the Optima is related to the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The base model will feature a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that's good for 200 horsepower. Upgrading to the 2.0-liter turbo will boost output to 274 hp. A hybrid model (covered separately) will be on sale sometime next year. This marks the first turbo and hybrid engines for the manufacturer. A six-speed manual transmission will be featured on the base model only, while a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters will be available for all models. Three trim levels will be offered for the 2011 Kia Optima -- LX, EX and SX. The base LX will feature standard perks that include satellite radio, a USB audio input jack, Bluetooth, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power accessories and an air-conditioned glovebox. The EX steps up its game with Kia's UVO voice recognition system, a rearview camera, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power driver seat. The range-topping SX will add leather upholstery and upgraded interior trim and gauges among other cosmetic improvements. The new 2011 Kia Optima is expected to go on sale this fall. Check back later in the year for a full review.