The 2011 Kia Optima SX makes the midsize sedan interesting through fine cabin appointments, plenty of power, and unique exterior styling.
The Kia Optima Hybrid wowed us with its advanced drivetrain and great cabin tech, but slightly disappointing fuel economy and odd cabin tech packaging keep this green car from getting top marks.
The larger, more powerful 2011 Kia Optima EX has grown into a serious challenger in the midsize sedan market with a high level of cabin appointments at a relatively low price.
CNET reviews the 2011 Kia Optima SX, the third version of the Optima reviewed this year. The SX has a turbocharged engine, but similar cabin tech and appointments to the Optima hybrid and naturally aspirated versions.
The turbo model is the Optima's ideal power train.
The turbo model is the Optima's ideal powertrain.
The Optima SX features a new power train for this midsize sedan from Kia, a turbocharged direct-injection 2-liter. The car boasts 274 horsepower from this engine, while at the same time providing many luxury cabin appointments.
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