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2011 Kia Optima Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Kia Optima Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, The Optima has been on the market since 2001, and its design is equal to the Toyota Camry, the Ford Fusion, and the Honda Accord. This vehicle is a five passenger, midsize sedan. The Optima hosts a long list of amenities and consumers have recognized it as a vehicle that is dependable. Consumers can get this car with one of three powertrain options. For the first time since it first went on sale, the Optima gets a dramatic restyle. The larger 2011 Optima now looks more luxurious and more youthful. Power comes from three new sources — two direct injection four-cylinders and the upcoming hybrid. The Optima’s new the base engine, with an estimated 200 horses, has more power than the outgoing V-6 does (194 hp).

The Optima is sold with either a 2.4 L-four-cylinder direct-injection engine or a turbocharged 2.0 L direct-injection four-cylinder, 174 hp engine. Later, in the year 2011, the carmaker offered a hybrid-based model with a 2.4 L-engine. It was the first hybrid offering from the carmaker in the US market. The Optima is sold with several different transmissions including the six-speed automatic or the six-speed manual married to the standard engines. The hybrid is mated to a hybrid optimized six-speed auto transmission offering. The Optima was redesigned for 2011. It is now wider, longer, and lower than its earlier predecessors. This vehicle has three different trims: the chic EX, the sportier SX, and the base model LX.

The 2011 Optima sports an all-new exterior on a three-inch-longer wheelbase. The new design is smooth and sporty, and is a radical departure from the Optima it is replacing. This isn’t a bad thing considering the last Optima didn’t stand out much at all. Plenty of standard features inside, including tilt/telescoping wheel, six-way adjustable driver’s seat, AMFM/CD with three months of free satellite radio, and an auxiliary jack. Panoramic sunroof, leather seats, and heated/cooled seats are optional.

The biggest news here is the SX model, said to be the sportiest of the trio. It comes with the 274-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo four and, while it doesn’t come with a manual transmission, it does come with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The Optima has a new suspension as well, which should improve ride both on the highway in addition to when the going gets twisty. Six airbags are standard for the Optima: dual front, front-seat-mounted side, and full-length side curtains. Four-wheel ABS, brake assist system, stability control, traction control, hill assist control, and tire-pressure monitoring are standard as well.

Body styles: Sedan
Engines: 2.0L I-4, 2.4L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Models: LX, SX, EX

Price : $20,495 – $25,995

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