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Kia Optima, Future Vehicle, Sedan
#191 of 882 Re: New Optima sub-site from Kia [m6user]
Sep 21, 2010 (8:50 am)
Hmmm. You want rattles, squeeks and minor breaks? That sounds like my Generation 7 Honda Accord. The car's drivetrain shows all the benefits of those years and years of Honda's engineering equity. The rest of the car shows the effects of Honda's continual and aggressive decontenting. Toyota did the same sort of decontenting with the current Camry.
I also own a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe - an early production model of the current design. It has been solid and dependable, and a great car all the way around. The build quality is good, although the fit and finish and paint quality on later models is marginally better. The Santa Fe is generally holding up as well as my Honda. Maybe better.
The only glitch with the Hyundai has been an issue with the passenger side airbag sensor, and Hyundai has been responsive about fixing it under warranty. Hyundai also updated the vanity light cluster to a later, improved design that they introduced in 2008 onward. Hyundai offered that upgrade as an option, for no charge - which I thought was pretty darned thoughtful.
Granted ... there are reports on the Edmunds boards of some production glitches with the new Kia Sorrento (plus a general scarcity of parts, since it is a new model). I would check out those boards and see the discussions. And I would always avoid getting one of the first models of a totally new design - just because (even though that's exactly what I did with my Hyundai Santa Fe).
#192 of 882 US specs and features now available
Sep 21, 2010 (1:38 pm)
you can print off the full model breakdown and specs for the new Optima. However, prices are not available yet, but should be shortly.
and on the same page you can then print out the features and options
the base 2.4L will have 200hp and 186 lbs of torque
the 2.0L turbo will have 274 hp and 269 lbs of torque
Sep 21, 2010 (6:00 pm)
I know I'm a broken record but... I'd love an update on if/when UVO will be available in the Optima. Anyone know if the Nav is voice activated by the way?
#194 of 882 Officially launched
Sep 21, 2010 (8:57 pm)
Should be getting a ton more concrete info soon I guess now. Link has full release and here is a link to another shot of it in sexy red:
"RVINE, Calif., Sept. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Kia Motors America (KMA) today officially launched the all-new 2011 Optima midsize sedan, first seen during the 2010 New York International Auto Show. Set to arrive in retail showrooms in early fall, the next generation Optima continues Kia’s design-led transformation while revealing a completely new and stunning design language for Kia, highlighted by a dynamic and streamlined profile that conveys elegance and athletic confidence from every angle. Optima’s groundbreaking spirit continues under the hood and inside the cabin with the introduction of three new powertrains – including the brand’s first-ever hybrid in the U.S. (available in 2011) – which is expected to deliver an increase in power and fuel economy while offering the latest technology features and luxury amenities."
#195 of 882 Re: New Optima sub-site from Kia [bokonon3]
Sep 22, 2010 (12:32 pm)
Agree with just about everything you've said. I'm not sure, however, if the problems with the Sorento are the Georgia factory ramping up rather than new model faults. I don't follow the Santa Fe and Sorrento very closely but aren't they supposed to be built at the same new plant in the future? It would be interesting to see what happens with a new plant and an older vehicle.
To KiaHyundais, I've bought two new models: an 01 Elantra that gave me no trouble, and an 07 (early, probably 6 months after 06.5 introduction) Optima that has also been flawless. That's my wife's car and it's not driven very much, I prefer my 05 Malibu Maxx, but GM has been much worse in new car problems than the Hyundai or Kias.
#196 of 882 Re: US specs and features now available [conwelpic]
Sep 22, 2010 (5:55 pm)
I see that the Turbo and NA transmissions are geared differently in the lower gears. What does it mean to the driver? I have no knowledge of how different gear ratios work. I hope somebody can explains this. Thanks.
#197 of 882 Re: US specs and features now available [kaliforniak]
Sep 22, 2010 (8:19 pm)
A higher number for first gear means more rpms to go, lets say, 10mph. A higher number would be more of a "granny gear" if you know what that means. It would also be good for "pulling stumps". A lower numbered first gear moves all the 6 ratios closer together. It gives you a "close ratio" gearbox. This is better for maximum performance as the driver can select a gear resulting in being closer to the rpms required for maximum engine performance.
I suspect that if you don't know what it means, it won't matter to you.
#198 of 882 some new photos
Sep 23, 2010 (6:01 am)
this time a Optima with different rims and a tan interior.
#199 of 882 Re: some new photos [conwelpic]
Sep 23, 2010 (8:02 am)
#1. Love those rims!
#2. This interior looks so much classier than the tan interior in the Sonata. Why? Somewhat the actual dash layout but mainly because it doesn't have that ugly two-tone steering wheel! If the colors in this picture are true, it is also a better blend of color rather than a contrast.
#200 of 882 Re: some new photos [conwelpic]
Sep 23, 2010 (8:07 am)
Wow that interior looks great. I wonder how it will look in the two tone of the SX. According to the kia site those rims are the 17"s so that car is probably an EX.
If you go to Style > Exterior and click on the wheels you can see all the options. I like the 18" luxury one I think even though it's very similar to the other one.