Photo Gallery:
2011 Kia Optima

2011 Kia Optima EX
Click Image to Enlarge

Well, it is not a Hybrid this week, but it still a rather fuel-efficient family sedan: the all-new-for-2011 Kia Optima. The Optima name comes from the US lineup to replace what was formerly known as the Kia Magentis in Canada; Kia has synchronized the naming for North America to make things simpler for consumers, and to benefit the Canadian market with the advertising campaigns that Kia has launched south of the border as well.

At first glance this new Kia looks to continue the theme used throughout the rest of Kia’s lineup, of aggressive styling that looks sporty and purposeful, yet still delivers practicality. The Kia Optima shares its underpinnings with the well-loved and much-praised Hyundai Sonata, so there must be something good in store for this vehicle — let’s take a look.

2011 Kia Optima EX
Click Image to Enlarge

Like the Sonata, the Kia Optima comes with the choice of two engines: a 2.4L gas direct injected that offers 200hp and 186lb/ft of torque powering the front wheels through a very undersubscribed six-speed manual transmission. The Optima starts at an MSRP of $21,995, and there are quite a few more packages from there that offer a lot of value. My tester is one down from the top of the ladder, an EX model with Luxury package and navigation with an MSRP of $32,095.

The last available model is the SX Turbo version, which offers a 2.0L GDI engine that is turbocharged and outputs 274hp and 269lb/ft of torque, available only with an automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters and unique suspension and bumpers for only $1,600 more!

The base Optima has too many features to list here, but rest assured it comes with just about anything and everything a mid-sized sedan buyer is looking for, while my EX Luxury and Navigation model adds even more goodies on top of that. My tester includes features such as a full-length panaramic sunroof, ventilated and cooled front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, Xenon HID head lights, power passenger seat, heated steering wheel, LED tail lights, an upgraded stereo, larger brakes and of course a navigation system.

This is a whole lot of car for just over thirty grand, but is it any good?

2011 Kia Optima EX Luxury + Navigation
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $32,095

For more information on Kia and the Optima visit Kia Canada

Connect with