2011 Kia Optima vs. Its Competition

2011 Kia Optima
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Be aware that, at least for 2011, you can't get both the new, enhanced UVO voice-command system and the navigation system (also packaged with premium audio) in the Kia Optima.

For now, it's one or the other.

2011 Kia Optima2011 Kia Optima
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2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LS w/1LS Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Malibu
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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan I4 Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View2011 Hyundai Sonata
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2011 Toyota Camry LE2011 Toyota Camry
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Quick Specs
Kia simply gets it; basic doesn't have to be boring, and the 2011 Kia Optima shows that mid-size sedan shoppers don't have to settle to design boredom or a lack of features.
The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.
The 2011 Toyota Camry isn’t at the leading edge in any way, but it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan picks.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Midsize CarsMidsizeLarge CarsMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
ManualAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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