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Day by Day Review: 2011 Kia Optima SX kia daily car reviews
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From one turbo car to another, but in a totally different class of vehicle. This week, I’m behind the wheel of Kia’s new Optima (replacement for the Magentis line) and close cousin to the Hyundai Sonata. My tester is an SX model, which comes in only one guise — fully loaded!

For just under $35,000, what does Kia consider fully loaded? You won’t want for much in this vehicle, that is for sure.

Standard features include heated and cooled front seats, navigation system with a 530-watt, eight-speaker Infinity sound system, Bluetooth hands free, power heated mirrors, power seats, auto dimming rear view mirror, rear-view camera, HID headlamps and LED tail lamps, six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control, leather interior, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, heated rear seats and a smart key with push-button start.

Day by Day Review: 2011 Kia Optima SX kia daily car reviews
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Phew! That really is a lot of stuff standard, and without even mentioning the 274-horsepower, 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline direct injected (DGI) engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift, paddle shifters and ECO mode.

Here we have a large family sedan loaded to the nines with goodies, with tons of power on tap and an energuide rating of 9.2L/100km city and 5.8L/100km highway, coming in at an MSRP of $33,695! I’m not really sure what more consumers could ask for; I guess we’ll see if I still like it in one week’s time.

2011 Kia Optima SX
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $33,695

For more information on Kia and the Optima visit Kia Canada

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