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Day by Day Review: 2011 Kia Optima SX kia daily car reviews
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It wasn’t very long ago I had the chance to drive the 2011 Kia Optima in EX Luxury spec. In fact, it was only June of this year, so my impressions of this car differ little from that one. Looking back on that review, though, I realized that was was priced at $32,095!

What does this mean? It means for $1,600 more you get more content, a more upscale look and a more advanced and powerful engine. Really? Wow!

Day by Day Review: 2011 Kia Optima SX kia daily car reviews
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As I mentioned in June, the interior of the Optima differs quite a bit from that of the Hyundai Sonata. The dash is angled towards the driver and offers up a cockpit-type feel usually reserved for sports cars, and very reminiscent of Saab.

Control and comfort is the theme on the inside, with a very ergonomic setup and easy-to-reach-and-use controls for the audio and HVAC systems. On the comfort side, power adjustable driver and passenger seats make the front occupants happy, while rear occupants can warm their buns in relative comfort as well.

The navigation system is a nice add on package and even had maps for my new subdivision. And as an added bonus you can program it while you drive, unlike most manufacturers’ systems, which lock you out so you cannot operate the system while in motion. Opinions will vary, I know, but I would rather be able to control the system while in motion.

The leather-trimmed dash, panoramic sunroof and interior space and refinement make the Optima feel like a much more expensive car than it is.

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