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2011 Kia Optima

2011 Kia Optima SX looks young, exciting and racy

The new midsize Kia Optima sedan couples good looks with moderate pricing. I tested the Optima SX with a turbocharged 2-4 liter engine that generates 274 horsepower. This front-drive sedan is comfortable and capable of hauling four adults and five if you need to. The Optima is an excellent family car, and the SX Turbo is fun to drive. The six-speed Sportmatic transmission does a good job of putting that power …

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Kia’s Optima brings stylish design to bland midsize category

Automotive newcomers sometimes push the boundaries of styling because they have less to lose than the established brands. South Korea’s Kia has been making major inroads in the U.S. market for several years along with its parent company’s main brand, Hyundai. Both are providing well-equipped cars at value pricing and backing them with a 10-year 100,000-mile warranty. Now comes Kia’s Optima, a midsize car that looks like an entry-level Lexus, …

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Optima moves Kia to top of charts

The first time I saw a 2011 Kia Optima, it was difficult to look away. It was parked in subdued evening light, on a grassy area in a California hotel’s courtyard. I circled the car, from the front, around to the side, looking at every curve and every line, and then I walked to the rear corner. I suggested to a fellow-automotive journalist that the car looks more as though …

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Kia Optima EX

2011 Kia Optima EX

It’s beginning to look as if the surging South Koreans have adopted an old American marketing strategy. The idea, as exemplified by the classy 2011 Kia Optima, is to develop a new car and then give it multiple identities. That, as the theory goes, broadens the appeal and results in increased overall sales. Think Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable, Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan, and any number of General Motors …

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