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2011 Kia Optima SX

2011 Kia Optima Review

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Overview
The Kia Optima has been around since 2001. It is a 5 passenger, midsize sedan that has been placed to be comparable with the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and the Honda Accord. Good value, with a large list of standard features at a relatively low price has been a hallmark of the Optima since its inception. The design is now much more of a stand out on the road than its somewhat bland predecessor.

For 2011, the Optima follows the general trend of midsize sedans and has been redesigned as a larger overall vehicle, which sits lower to the ground. Kia offers it in 3 available trim levels. The base model is the LX, a sportier SX, and the upscale EX with three available drive train options available.

Engines for the optima are 2.4 liter, four cylinders. They can be selected in either a naturally aspirated 200HP model, a turbocharged variant making 274 horsepower, and early next year, a hybrid version will be available. All engines are available with either a 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission. The transmission for the hybrid will be tuned specifically for hybrid duty.

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2011 Optima SX Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 22 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, 26 MPG combined and 481 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 274 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 269 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm

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'11 Kia SX Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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