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2011 Kia Optima Review and Prices

About 2011 Kia Optima

The Optima series was introduced by the manufacturer as its first midsize sedan model range. However, the first-generation vehicle releases did not quite live up to its promise that enabled its Japanese competitors to outdo its performance on the market. Hence, they are planning to change things up with the 2011 Kia Optima’s arrival into the market. To see what you can expect with this new model, you can get more details below.

The 2011 Kia Optima falls under the second-generation models for the series but lives by the same playbook initially started by the first-generation vehicles. However, it has achieved better results and they are looking to pick up where the last fell off. This new edition is based on a larger platform such that there are a lot of refinements to the overall driving and riding quality for this vehicle.

There are two trim levels available for the 2011 Kia Optima: base model and EX. There are also two engine options available for both trim levels: the 2.4-liter four cylinder engine that can produce a maximum 175 horsepower and 2.7-liter V6 engine with a maximum of 194 horsepower. The five-speed manual transmission is standard for either trim level versions, but you can also upgrade it with  five-speed automatic transmission if you wanted to.

The base engine option for the 2011 Kia Optima offers competitive acceleration capacity, however the V6 engine is not up to par. In fact, it is disappointing, which is also the case with some other V6 engines in the series. Just how disappoint it is, you might ask? The Optima can go from zero to 60 mph in over 9 seconds. This sedan is also built with a front-wheel drive system that is not exactly as responsive on the road, but it’s saving grace is the excellent steering and suspension. It also does a decent job of offering a smooth and quality ride, although there are better vehicles in the class that can overcome bumps and ruts on the road.

When it comes to the interior of the vehicle, you’d delight with the generous interior space available for the 2011 Kia Optima. The materials used on the interiors also give off a sense of luxury and quality. Some of the standard interior features available include antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, stability control, among others.

Pro’s of 2011 Kia Optima

*It offers a fun-to-drive appeal with its excellent steering and suspension capacity;

*Smooth yet tough ride quality;

*Great handling capacity;

*Solid build for the vehicle body.

Con’s of 2011 Kia Optima

*It lacks the sporty disposition you’d expect from a sedan;

*The acceleration capacity for the V6 engine is disappointing.

Pricing Details

The exact pricing information for the 2011 Kia Optima is unavailable by the time of the review. You can expect the prices to be released shortly before the vehicle goes on sale. However, as with Kia’s reputation, the price can be anything in between $18,500-$25,000. you can expect it to be priced lower than most other vehicles in its class.

The expected release date of 2011 Kia Optima is fall 2010.

The Bottom Line

A lot of critics would refuse to rank the 2011 Kia Optima amongst the favorites when it comes to family-car class of vehicles. However, those who managed to consider buying the new model with its restyling, solid build quality, and super warranty for a low price might just hit the jackpot.

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