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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#10599 of 20193 Re: Some compliments to the KIA Optima [jeffyscott]
Aug 23, 2008 (8:13 am)
My sister has an 06 Optima, and she said it's comparable to her previous 2001 Camry. She says it doesn't measure up to to the last two generations of Camry or Accord. Basically, according to her, it's two generations behind the class leaders. She said the seats were not padded well (cloth), so I sat in the driver's seat, and it felt like the seats in my 92 Sentra (not enough padding, and weak springs). Maybe the leather seats are better? She said it was a couple thousand dollars cheaper than an 06 Camry or Accord, so for the money, she's somewhat satisfied with what she got. You get what you pay for.
#10600 of 20193 Re: reliability rating [aviboy97]
Aug 23, 2008 (8:14 am)
My goodness - I had no idea my comments would get so many replies!
Just an FYI: my comments regarding the Camry were just made to illustrate the difference in a car whose high-point is its engine, versus the Jetta, whose wasn't in 2007.
#10601 of 20193 Re: Some compliments to the KIA Optima [elroy5]
Aug 23, 2008 (8:21 am)
Just to be clear, my comments comparing the Optima handling to a Camry, were not meant to be complimentary to either model. Optima, to me has vague steering and is more concerned with giving passengers a soft ride and quiet isolation than handling.
#10602 of 20193 Re: Some compliments to the KIA Optima [jeffyscott]
Aug 23, 2008 (8:28 am)
My sister has no opinion on handling. She's an A to B person, not an enthusiast. She was just commenting on the overall quality of the Optima.
#10603 of 20193 Re: reliability rating [thegraduate]
Aug 23, 2008 (8:32 am)
I don't think it was you who made the direct comparison to the Camry. I was commenting on someone else.
Don't you feel special what everyone wants to rip apart your posts?
#10604 of 20193 Re: Some compliments to the KIA Optima [jeffyscott]
Aug 23, 2008 (9:33 am)
"Handles like a Jag"...please, like a Camry, maybe.
FWIW, every professional review I've read of the Optima vs. Camry, including C/D and MT, said that the Optima handles better than the Camry. That has been my impression also.
#10605 of 20193 Re: Some compliments to the KIA Optima [elroy5]
Aug 23, 2008 (9:37 am)
FYI the 2006 Optima is a totally different car than the current-gen Optima, which debuted in mid-2006 as a 2006.5 model. The 2006 was a 1999-2005 Sonata with styling and interior differences. So the comparison to the 2001 Camry is about right, since they come from the same era.
Have you driven or even looked closely at the current Optima?
#10606 of 20193 Re: Some compliments to the KIA Optima [elroy5]
Aug 23, 2008 (9:38 am)
My sister has no opinion on handling.
Right and that is fine.
I just wanted to be clear that I was not saying that the Optima is as good, overall, as a Camry, rather I was only saying that the handling is probably as bad as one (to me).
I have no opinion on an overall comparison of the two models as neither has any appeal to me.
#10607 of 20193 Re: Some compliments to the KIA Optima [backy]
Aug 23, 2008 (9:43 am)
It must be the 06.5 Optima (or whatever), because it definitely is the new model. It looks nothing like the 05.
#10608 of 20193 Re: Some compliments to the KIA Optima [elroy5]
Aug 23, 2008 (9:47 am)
I tend to agree with the professional reviews I've seen such as C/D's which put the Optima over the current-gen Camry, noting that the Optima has higher levels of quality/fit-finish and has in fact "out-Toyota'ed" Toyota. The fact that the Optima can be had for thousands less than a comparable Camry and has the long warranty is icing on the cake.