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2011 Kia Optima: Upscale Looks At A Bargain Price

Posted in Commuter Cars, Hybrid, Hyundai, Kia, New York Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | April 21st, 2010 | 3 Responses |

2011 Kia Optima

We originally told you about the 2011 Kia Optima here, shortly after the automaker released the teaser sketches in advance of its formal debut at the New York Auto Show. For once, the teaser sketches didn’t disappoint and the car is every bit the stunner it looked to be in the drawings.

2011 Kia Optima

Equipped similarly to it’s corporate cousin, the Hyundai Sonata, the Optima features completely unique styling that will set it apart in the entry level, mid size sedan segment. The powertrain options are the same between the two rivals: both the Hyundai and the Kia will offer a 2.4 liter inline four (the Theta II), a turbocharged 2.liter four and a 2.4 liter four cylinder hybrid. All motors are mated to six speed transmissions, but a manual six speed is only available with the base motor.

2011 Kia Optima

Funny, that doesn't look like the interior of an economy car.

The new Optima is scheduled to hit dealers this fall, with the hybrid version launching in early 2011. Pricing hasn’t been set, but expect the base model to come in just under $20k, with the range topping hybrid priced just north of $25k.

Source: 2011 Kia Optima introduced with DI, turbo and hybrid

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3 Responses

  1. NinjaiX says:

    I never thought I’d say this but for once I wont be ashamed to get a Kia.

  2. Kurt says:

    I hear you. The Koreans are doing EXACTLY what the Japanese did 40 years ago: first you build cheap & relaible cars, then you build up-contented cheap & reliable cars. Next, introduce a world class sports car (Datsun 240Z, Hyundai Genesis Coupe) and finally release inexpensive, stylish, up-contented cars.

  3. Robert says:

    i like the rim of this car very much as when it rolls it gives a superb look to the car. the car is power packed and very performance oriented and surely makes it a best buy. as it is also from the house of kia it gives some advanced technology features also. Microsoft is also a partner in research done in the labs of kia.