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New Kia Optima Ratings

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    7/12/2008 2:04:32 PM

    2007 Kia Optima - EX (A5)

    Pros: Good looks great mileage good handling

    Cons: nothing I can think of

    Advice: if you want mileage get a 4cly good power good mileage

    Kia out handled Toyoto and Honda, better looks, more power nicer everything about it 4cly get excellent mileage a lot bettet the Cambrays with 4 cly eng woulnt trade it for two Honda or Toyotos if they payed me big bucks difference

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    1/28/2008 7:36:35 PM

    2007 Kia Optima - LX (M5)

    Pros: AC

    Cons: na

    Advice: na

    WOW. We spent days looking at cars from the chevy aveo to the kia optima. And the optima is by far the nicest car we test drove. It had the most leg room, sportiest look, nicest interior, and one of the best price tags. We got it on a lost leader deal for $12000. Well worth it. This car doesn't compare to anything else we drove. Would definately recomend.

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    9/29/2007 9:37:06 AM

    2007 Kia Optima - LX (M5)

    Pros: Attention to detail.

    Cons: The glass chips seems to chip often.

    Advice: Get the appearance package.

    The ride is very smooth and has nice handling. Gas is great. The entire belly has a thick undercoat. They even sprayed the the suspension. The rocker panel panels are plastic (no rust to worry about). It has gas struts for the hood. Great attention to details! I get the feeling this car was built to last! I I drove the Camry and Accord. The Accord had the best brakes. The Optima had better quality materials inside. I would recommend the appearance package for what it adds.

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    9/20/2007 5:55:56 AM

    2004 Kia Optima - EX (A4)

    Pros: The all around quality of the car. Workmanship, materials, fit and finish is really great.

    Cons: The 2.4L four cylinder engine. I wish I had bought the smoother running V-6 engine,.

    Advice: Do not buy the 2.4L four cylinder engine in the Optima. Buy nthe V-6 engine for sure.

    I purchased a new 2007 Kia Optima EX, a few months ago. I'm somewhat satisfied with it. I bought the EX with all the options that Kia offers with this model. But I chose the four cylinder 2.4L engine. Which was a mistake on my part. The 2.4L four cylinder has pretty much ample power, and smoothness for this size car. Driving the car with all it's sound deadening insulation, the four cylinder 2.4L engine is very quiet from behind the wheel. But standing outside the car with the engine idleing, there is a loud steady 'gear growling' sound that comes from this four cylinder as it idles. It is not a quiet engine as it idles, compared with the smoothness of four cylinder engines from Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and the Mazda6. I learned later the these 2.4L engines are made by Mitsibishi for Kia, and also for Chrysler and the Hyundai Sonata also. Had I knew this before I bought my Optima, I definately would have bought the Optima V-6 engine for sure, that is a very quiet V-6 engine. Even my friends have noticed the steady 'gear' growling at idle speed from my 2.4L Optima, and the first thing they ask is what's wrong with the engine. This has been a very disappointment for me with my Optima for choosing it. Had I to do over again I definately would not have purchased the 2.4L four. But have to live with my disatisfaction with my Optima.

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    7/30/2007 9:52:34 PM

    2007 Kia Optima - LX V6 (A5)

    Pros: Automatic Transmission - Allows you to shift manually. The warranty is 100,000 miles

    Cons: Paint job is less than desireable. The hood has paint chips and it is very obvious how thin the paint is. The rubber molding is not trimmed very well in the trunk not sure about long time wear and tear.

    Advice: The V6 performs much better than the 4 cylinder. You may lose a little gas mileage.

    Great power, handles nicely and is very comfortable. Fun to drive

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    2/28/2007 7:44:08 PM

    2006 Kia Optima - EX (New) (A5)

    Pros: Ride

    Cons: No ABS

    Advice: BUY IT

    Looked at Honda, Toyota, Pontiac, Chevy, Nissan. Never thougth I would ever own a Korean car, but after drving one and the price there was no question. Have owned the car for 6 months - have over 25,000 miles on it with no problem, squeeks or rattles.

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    2/28/2007 6:47:33 AM

    2007 Kia Optima - EX (A5)

    Pros: Roominess

    Cons: No compass

    Advice: Skip the V6 in favor of the 4-cylinder for similar performance but better MPG

    I purchased the 4-cylinder EX after test driving all of the competition. The sport-shift transmission was the selling point as was the unexpected level of equipment and amenities for this price point. There is a niggling bug in the passenger air bag sensor but otherwise the car has been flawless. After 5K miles I'm averaging just over 24 MPG combined. I had the dealer switch out the chrome grille for the black version from the LX and now it looks like an Infinity G24 from the front (LOL). See February Car & Driver for a similar viewpoint.