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Cons: Road noise on rough surfaces
Advice: Get the traction control and fog lights if you live where ice, snow, and fog are an issue.After researching mid-sized cars to death, sitting in every one of them at the Seattle International Auto Show, and test-driving the top competitors, I finally bought the best mid-sized car for the money out there. Yep, this is an amazing car. People in parking lots gather, point and look. I overheard one conversation where a lady said, 'Who's got the Beemer?' A guy replied, 'That looks more like an Audi,' and another said, 'No, that looks like an Acura TL.' Whatever, it's my KIA Optima, and it's a dream. It's bigger and better equipped than comparable Accords and Camry’s, and for a whole lot less. Positive surprises were the tight turning radius, nice radio, ease of use, and sporty feel. Negative ones are the road noise on rough surfaces, and a tardy transmission when driving sporty, using the automatic transmission and not the 'tap-shifting.' The car overall is fantastic. It looks good, handles very well, and has an excellent build quality. People that drive much more expensive vehicles keep talking about how nice my car is. One cool thing is that I hardly see others on the road - ever. For now, it's a unique automobile, too. Check out Motor Trend's recent review where it shocked their writers, too. It appears that if they compared 4 cylinder Camry’s and Accords with a 4 cylinder Optima, the KIA may have won 'Car of the Year.' At least in overall comparisons, it was in the top of the heap. I opted for the 6 cylinder, but most people would be just fine with the 4. I even had a guy who worked for the local Toyota dealership (who drives Camry's and Avalons all the time) stay in the passenger seat and say, 'Man I don't want to get out of this thing. 'Nice ride.' Anyone who buys a mid-sized sedan and doesn't check out the Optima is making a mistake. I'm very very pleased with mine, and I'm extraordinarily picky.
Pros: Heated seats,tape player,styling,acceleration.
Cons: The incomplete trip computer,the hard ride.
Advice: Check out the actual car you will buy.They arent all the same.Look for deffects.I bought this 2006.5 Optima EX after owning(leasing)a 2006 Sonata LX.In all honesty,the Hyundai was a better car,but we wanted leather and a 4 Cyl.engine,and the Sonata didnt come that way. After much ado over a balky passenger seat air bag issue was resolved,the car seems to be pretty good.The engine sounds smooth and refined.The pick-up is excellent for that 4 cylinder engine.The gas meleage...well,the jury is still out.We have gotten anywhere from 20 to 29 MPG, and thats a bit of a disappointment.Ive been told that it will improve with more miles.We'll see. I do have an issue with some of the instruments.The trip computer doesn't have a MPG,which is really stupid.Isn't that the feature of most interest for most people?There is an outside temp.but no compass.It just lacks some features which could have easily been included.Having said all that,I hope to learn to appreciate the good points of the car,and ignore what I dont like,as it will be with me for a long,long time.
Cons: No abs
Advice: Go for the sixHave 6000 miles on my 2006 and have had no problems. Am averaging 30 highway and 25 city. My first Kia and so far I am very satisfied.
Pros: The body
Cons: drop in property value
Advice: see what else is out thereI bought my Kia Optima LX in January of 2006. It was a 2002 and drove wonderful. After it hit 60,000 miles second gear would stick in low gears(it was a manual) and i would have to force it out. and the brakes were the most squeaky things i ever heard before and the dealership said nothing was wrong. i never had one mechanical problem with for the year that i drove it. i also got into a car accident some guy ran into the driver side and the car is recked. beware of the retail price my kia did not hold its retail at all.
Pros: Apperance is neat aircon is cool
Advice: Buy this carI bought the car used last year in april I have driven the car to Pennsylvania (Pocono Mt) and gave me no trouble at all. the gas is great, the ride is smooth. I climbed to colorado Rocky Mountain with no problem. The car had 4 Cylinder and I can't believed how strong it is until I have driven it back and forth from Calif to Pennsylvania approx 7,400 miles. I recommend this car to everyone. My car is still look new I had 117,000 and still running without problem never been to the shop. Ijust change the Oil and Spark Plugs.
Pros: 6-CD player as standard.
Cons: Cup holders not suited for coffee mugs.
Advice: Camry may have gotten the award, but this car has so much more for the money.Comfortable, quiet ride and responsive 4 cylinder. Handling is precise and the auto-manual shift feature is great for mountain driving. Steering wheel audio and cruise controls are nice. So many extras such as heated mirrors, power seat, auto-day/night mirror, fog lights. Absolutely happy with this car.
Pros: styling and the solid feel and the Infinity sound system is awesome!
Cons: It could get better gas milleage (I have gotten around 33 mpg).
Advice: Don't be 'snobbed' into a much more expensive vehicle...quality doesn't have to be expensiveMy first impression after driving this vehicle was 'this is a Kia?' It felt solid and sure footed in any situation. Drives like a dream and is super quiet inside the cabin. It has good road feel and takes bumps and imperfections in the road with ease. Great fit and finish and the paint job is perfect. The 4-cyc. has plenty of power and good low-end torque for pulling into traffic. Cruises at high speeds with ease with very little engine noise. All-in-all, a very pleasant vehicle to drive.