2011 Kia Optima  -  $19,950


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $19,950
Base Invoice: $19,550
Destination Charge: $750
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn 2.4L Man LX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 28 | City: 24 | Hwy: 35
Body Style: 4dr Sdn 2.4L Man LX
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission w/OD, clutch lock
Engine: 2.4L DOHC GDI 16-valve I4 engine

Pros

Stylish new design; roomy interior; excellent gas mileage, even with turbo; steering and handling; extensive standard features; strong resale value; long warranty


Model News

With a stylish new design inside and out along with all-new powertrains and slightly larger all around, the Kia Optima is all-new and completely redesigned for 2011. Later in the model year, the Kia Optima lineup will be joined by a new Optima Turbo model, as well as a new Optima Hybrid. The latter will be Kia's first-ever hybrid.


Model Highlights

The Optima is entirely new for 2011, a bit larger than the model it replaces and showcasing a dramatic new design that's been led by Kia's new Soul and Forte small cars. The Optima shows off the brand's European-influenced style, with crisp but flowing lines and a chrome-tipped dual exhaust on all models.

The new Optima comes in four trims: LX, EX, EX Turbo and SX. Both the LX and EX are powered by an all-new 2.4L direct-injected 4-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower. EX Turbo and SX models get a new direct-injected turbocharged 2.0L four making 274 horsepower. The base LX can be equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed automatic, while all the other models come only with the automatic.

Fuel economy ratings with the base 2.4L 4-cylinder are very impressive, at 24 mpg city, 35 highway with the manual gearbox and 24 city, 34 highway with the automatic. The turbo models aren't that much lower, at 22 city/34 highway. All automatics come with a Sportmatic manual mode.

The Optima has front-wheel drive, with a 4-wheel independent suspension incorporating MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link layout in back, with anti-roll bars in front. The suspension is tuned to be rather firm compared to some other mid-size sedan models, while electric power steering manages convey some feel of the road in tight corners. Inside, there's enough comfortable space for five adults and the trunk is among the more spacious ones in its class.

Optima LX models include a 6-way adjustable driver's seat, trip computer, tilt/telescopic steering adjustment and a sound system with satellite radio capability, aux and USB inputs and Bluetooth connectivity. LX models also include cruise control. Optima EX models get Kia's Microsoft-powered UVO entertainment and communications interface, plus push-button start, a rear-view camera, a HomeLink garage-door opener, auto-down front windows and supplementary lighting, while the EX Turbo gets wood trim and metal accents. The top-of-the-line SX is outfitted in the way of sporty European imports, with black and carbon-fiber interior trim, woven black leather upholstery, steering-wheel paddle-shifters and metal pedals with lighted scuff plates.

All the important safety features come standard in the 2011 Kia Optima; that includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, front side airbags, full-length side-curtain bags and front active headrests.


Value Writeup

Altogether, the Optima is one of the sportiest-feeling mid-size sedans in its base configuration, while the Turbo model promises the acceleration and responsiveness of rival V6 models but with true 4-cylinder fuel economy--22 mpg city and 34 highway, by EPA estimates. It fits Kia's tradition of packing more features and value into their vehicles at the same price as lesser-equipped rival models while actually forging a beautiful new design direction.

Also, resale value for the new Optima is looking strong. ALG, which supplies residual value data to the auto industry, has significantly raised its residuals for the 2011 Optima compared to last year's model--indicating confidence that the new Optima will be worth much more come trade-in time. Kia also still has one of the strongest warranties in the business, with ten years or 100,000 miles for powertrain and a 5-year, 60,000-mile vehicle warranty and roadside assistance.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5

EPA Classification
Midsize Cars

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
35 MPG

Cruising Range - City
444.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
24 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
28 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
647.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4

Displacement
2.4L/144

Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 6300

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
186 @ 4250

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.26

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.69

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.33-3.25

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110

Total Cooling System Capacity
3.7 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
102.2 ft³

Front Head Room
40.0 in

Front Leg Room
45.5 in

Front Shoulder Room
57.2 in

Front Hip Room
54.7 in

Second Head Room
37.6 in

Second Leg Room
34.7 in

Second Shoulder Room
55.7 in

Second Hip Room
54.5 in

Wheelbase
110.0 in

Length, Overall
190.7 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
72.1 in

Height, Overall
57.3 in

Track Width, Front
63.0 in

Track Width, Rear
63.0 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.3 in

Trunk Volume
15.4 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3206 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size
P205/60R16

Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16

Front Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.8 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.8 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.2 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.5 gal

Basic Years
5

Basic Miles/km
60,000

Drivetrain Years
10

Drivetrain Miles/km
100,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
100,000

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
60,000

Roadside Assistance Note
24-hour roadside assistance

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
13V114000

Mfg's Report Date
APR 01, 2013

Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected
623,658

Summary
Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, model year 2007-2011 Sorento, model year 2007 Sedona, model year 2010-2011 Soul, and model year 2011 Optima vehicles. The stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and causing the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.

Consequence
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of PARK without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.

Kia will send an interim notification to owners in May 2013. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's recall campaign number is SC098.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
9.6%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

2.4L DOHC GDI 16-valve I4 engine -inc: variable intake system, aluminum block & head

Engine cover

6-speed manual transmission w/OD, clutch lock

Front wheel drive

Battery saver w/interior lamp auto-cut

Towing/lashing hook

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs

Independent multi-link rear suspension w/coil springs

High performance shock absorbers

Front/rear stabilizer bars

Electric pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr vented front & solid rear disc brakes

Dual exhaust w/chrome tips -inc: semi-active muffler

16" x 6.5" steel wheels w/covers

P205/60R16 tires

Temporary spare tire w/steel wheel

Insulated hood w/gas lifters

Body-colored bumpers

Body-colored side moldings

Bright chrome door molding

Black-gloss front side fender garnish w/chrome accents

Chrome grille

Clear-lens halogen headlights w/black bezel -inc: escort lighting, projection high-beams

Rear LED high-mounted stop lamp

Dual body-color folding pwr mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals

Solar glass windshield w/sunband

Variable intermittent front windshield wipers w/jet washers

Body-color door handles

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player

Aux input jack w/USB port

Bluetooth hands-free calling

Satellite radio receiver

In-glass antenna

Front bucket seats -inc: driver pwr lumbar, driver height adjustment, dual adjustable active headrests

60/40 split-folding rear bench seat w/adjustable outboard headrests

Double rachel cloth seating surfaces -inc: cloth door trim insert

Front center console -inc: armrest, storage, cupholder

Rear center armrest w/cupholder

Plastic door sill scuff plates

Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel w/audio controls -inc: wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls w/voice activation button, illuminated ignition

Trip computer -inc: distance to empty, average speed, drive time, ambient temp, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy

Warning features -inc: parking brake on, key-operated chime, seatbelt reminder, low washer fluid

Pwr windows -inc: driver one-touch auto down

Pwr door locks -inc: front central locking, driver two-turn unlock, drill-protected lock

Remote keyless entry w/panic & alarm function, security indicator

Electronic fuel lid release

Air conditioning w/filter

Rear window defroster w/timer

Cooling glove box

(2) aux pwr outlets

Door map pockets -inc: integrated front/rear in-door bottle holders

Black door handles

Overhead sunglass holder

Dual sunvisors w/illuminated covered vanity mirrors, extensions

Dual front assist handles

Time-delay interior dome lamp

Front reading lamps -inc: front pin lamp

Front seatback storage pockets

Rear coat hook

Illuminated trunk

4-wheel anti-lock brakes

Electronic stability control (ESC)

Hill start assist control (HAC)

Vehicle stability management (VSM)

5-mph bumpers

Side-impact door beams

Front/rear crumple zones

Dual advanced front airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor

Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags

3-point front seat belts -inc: pretensioners, force limiters, height-adjustable anchors, emergency locking retractors

3-point rear seat belts w/emergency locking retractors

Rear child safety door locks

ISOFIX child seat anchors

Tire pressure monitoring system

Dual-note horn

Emergency trunk release handle

Impact-absorbing steering column

Impact-triggered auto door unlocking

 
BRIGHT SILVER
$0

 
PLATINUM GRAPHITE
$0

 
METAL BRONZE
$0

 
EBONY BLACK
$0

 
SPICY RED
$0

 
SNOW WHITE PEARL
$0

 
DARK CHERRY
$0

 
SATIN METAL
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
GRAY, SEAT TRIM
$0

 
BEIGE, SEAT TRIM
$0

 
** VARIOUS ADDITIONAL PORT INSTALLED OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA-SEE YOUR AREA DEALER FOR A COMPLETE LIST **
$0

 
REAR BUMPER APPLIQUE
$70

 
AUTO-DIMMING REARVIEW MIRROR
$350

 
CARGO MAT
$95

 
CARPETED FLOOR MATS
$95

 
CARGO NET
$50

 
CARGO TRAY
$75

 
ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MATS
$115


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