The EX premium package ($2250) boasts the panorama sunroof, the power front passenger's seat, driver seat memory, the heated/cooled front seats, heated outboard rear seats and heated steering wheel. During this long trip, I had opportunity to check out both heating and cooling options on the front seats and had a happy passenger staying warm in the rear. Never did check out the heated steering wheel, thankfully.
With all of these options, the 2011 Kia Optima EX GDI checks in at a rational $27,440 and the value this car presents is pretty much unequaled in its class, particularly if one excludes its Hyundai relative. There's not one item I might add and the fact that the Kia gives up such delightful driving capabilities makes it an overall easy choice.
Even mileage from the 18.5-gallon tank is excellent. Using regular fuel, the Optima is rated at 24/34 mpg, figures easily met in the flat lands of Florida. With mixed driving during the entire trip, our average was an easy 32 mpg using 87 RON. With all kinds of weather extremes, the Kia Optima shows itself to have a sleek body that easily allows it efficiency in daily driving.
With its great door closures, even seams, excellent interior plastics and totally intuitive controls, the 2011 Kia Optima EX GDI thrusts itself into "world class" territory. Excellent driving manners add to the complete package as do touches that make the Optima a complementary vehicle for most anyone's tastes.
It's tough not to recommend this four-door sedan to anyone looking for a midsize car that will contain five people and anything they should wish to carry along. With its powerful and fuel-saving engine, excellent ride and handling characteristics, exceptionally nice cabin, plethora of features and unmatched value - to go along with Kia's lengthy warranty - there's no reason not to stop by the Kia dealership and drive one. I guarantee you, too, will be impressed.
© 2011 Anne Proffit