2011 Kia Optima

Kia Announces 2011 Optima Hybrid Pricing
Kia Announces 2011 Optima Hybrid Pricing

If you’re in the market for a mid-size hybrid sedan, your shopping list just grew by one. Kia has announced pricing on their 2011 Optima Hybrid, which will start at $26,500 excluding a destination fee of $750. That puts the Optima Hybrid on par with the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which sells...Read More»

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TCC's Top Rated Vehicles Under $20k

Interested in getting the best vehicle for well below today's new-vehicle average of about $28k? If so, you'll need to do some smart shopping; and that early stage of car shopping can be exciting yet a little overwhelming if you simply Google reviews for a model. As you pore over specs, features...Read More»

Blake Griffen Slam Dunk Over Kia Optima
Blake Griffin Auctioning Dunked-Over 2011 Kia Optima For Charity

Remember the 2011 Kia Optima that NBA star Blake Griffin successfully completed a slam dunk over--well, the hood at least--back in February? If not, you can catch our previous post on it, including a video of the feat, by clicking here. Well, the Los Angeles Clippers forward has now donated the...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Hyundai And Kia Pull Ahead In Sales, Gain More U.S. Market Share

This past month, while most of the industry stuttered, Kia and Hyundai surged ahead—significantly gaining market share, based on some forecasts just out. Hyundai and Kia, over April, are expected to reach their highest level of market share ever—9.4 percent. The two brands, combined...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2012 Kia Optima To Be Assembled In The U.S.

If buying a car that's made in the U.S. is a priority, you'll soon have one more choice. Beginning this fall, the 2012 Kia Optima will be built at West Point, Georgia. To accommodate the Optima, production at the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) facility will be expanded, with applications...Read More»

Blake Griffen Slam Dunk Over Kia Optima
Blake Griffin Jumps Over 2011 Kia Optima To Win Dunk Contest

When you think guerrilla marketing in the auto industry your thoughts most likely turn to MINI. Recently Kia decided to push its way into that segment by providing a 2011 Optima for NBA Clippers player Blake Griffin to jump over in a dunk contest. The Optima was arranged so that the hood of the car...Read More»

2008 Kia Optima LX
2006 - 2008 Kia Optima Recalled For Transmission Flaw

Hot on the heels of the 2011 Kia Optima's five-star safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the company has announced a recall of 70,115 Kia Optima sedans from the 2006, 2007, and 2008 model years. At issue is an improperly installed shift cable, which could cause an accident...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Kia Optima Earns Five-Star Safety Ratings

If you're looking for a safe, secure mid-size sedan, it really doesn't get any better than the 2011 Kia Optima—especially if you use crash-test results and safety ratings as the gold standard. The 2011 Optima is already an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, with...Read More»

Super Bowl ad for the 2011 Kia Optima
Kia To Give Away Five 2011 Optimas In One Epic Contest Super Bowl Promo

Many automakers are looking to incorporate some sort of social media or contest into their Super Bowl advertising this year. Kia is taking the contest route with its One Epic Contest. The One Epic Contest starts today February 1, and runs through February 6 (though it excludes February 5). The...Read More»

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Auto Sales Finishing 2010 Strong, But Recovery Will Be Slow In 2011

While the U.S. auto market outlook can hardly be called bullish, sales this past month are pointing to some growth, and some further steps toward a rebound, in 2011. And that rebound still looks quite far away. AutoPacific is anticipating 12.4 million next year, and J.D. Power predicts that U.S...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2011 IIHS Top Safety Picks Highlight Roof-Protection Improvements

Ten all-new vehicles including the 2011 Ford Explorer, 2011 Kia Optima, and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze earn Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Status right from the start, while a total of 66 vehicles earn the distinction for 2011. Automakers with the most Top Safety Picks...Read More»

TCC Best Car to Buy 2011
TheCarConnection's Best Car to Buy: The Finalists

It's nearly time to name TheCarConnection's Best Car to Buy 2011 winner--but before we do, we're cutting down our list of contenders to the finalists. The first TCC Best Car to Buy honoree will be announced tomorrow, as our team prepares wall-to-wall coverage of the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show live...Read More»

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
Insurance Losses Point To Risky Drivers More Than Vehicle Safety

By most indications, a late-model used Mitsubishi Lancer is a good, safe choice. It's earned four and five stars from the federal government in recent model years, and while some of the model line has lacked electronic stability control, it's one of the better-handling small cars—which should...Read More»

2011 Dodge Charger
Today at High Gear Media: 2011 Charger, Lincoln and L.A. Show

They're here: the first official photos of the 2011 Dodge Charger, albeit smaller and lower-resolution quality than we'd like. [MotorAuthority] Congratulate the 2011 Kia Optima: it's the first non-luxury car to score a 9.0 or above on TheCarConnection's ratings scale. [TheCarConnection] If you're...Read More»

2012 Mediocrity spy shots
Video: Subaru Brings Mediocrity To TNT Tonight

Last week, an eagle-eyed reader over at Motor Authority sent in some spy shots of a curious sedan sporting a "M" on the grill and a nameplate that read "Mediocrity". Painted the color of a 1998 IBM desktop computer and looking a lot like an old Kia Optima, Marty Padgett's first guess was that the...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Can Kia Catch Up With Hyundai In Quality, Reliability?

Kia is on track to set an all-time sales record in the U.S. this year, beating its previous 305,000 sales, and it's no surprise how: lots and lots of product. Over the past year, the company has launched the new Soul, Forte, and Forte Koup small cars, all-new Sorento and Sportage crossovers, and...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima EX
Today at High Gear Media: Fireball Run, Paris Show and Optima

On Day 4 of the Fireball Run, Team High Gear Media is running a strong third in the points standings--and heinously late hours fueled by 5-hour energy potions. We sense an ugly wakeup call coming next Monday. [MotorAuthority] The latest Lamborghini teaser for this week's Paris Auto Show is live...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima: UVO Allows Hands-Free Calling, Audio Features

In the 2011 Kia Optima, Bluetooth connectivity and USB device connectivity come standard—even on the base LX model. But if you step up to Kia's new UVO (short for YourVoice) connectivity system, you'll get a fully capable voice-control system that rivals the best systems on the market and is...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima: First Drive

Kia quite simply gets it: Basic doesn't have to be boring. We've seen it in the host of models the brand has introduced over the past model year: the Forte small sedan, the Soul tall hatch, and new versions of the Sorento and Sportage crossovers. And now, the all-new 2011 Optima. Yes, shoppers with...Read More»

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