If we had a dollar for every time we read a headline that said, "[insert automaker here] considering a diesel for U.S. market," we'd have a pretty sizable stack of Washingtons. So why, then, is this story of particular interest?

After the website Efficient Automobile wrote about the possibility of Kia offering a diesel-powered Optima here in the United States, the automaker took things a step further, addressing this on its Facebook page. Kia's North American public relations team asks its loyal followers, "Would you drive a diesel?" And from what we can tell after a quick scan of the comments, there yeses certainly seem to outweigh the nos.

In Europe, the Optima is available with a 1.7-liter turbo-diesel four, good for 134 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. The decidedly vague story from Efficient Automobile also states that the diesel Optima shares many of the visual upgrades that we have on the U.S.-spec Optima Hybrid, including a lowered ride height and special wheels.

It's worth mentioning that Kia's North American PR Facebook account is largely geared towards the U.S. media, and we have yet to meet a single member of the automotive press who wouldn't drive a diesel. But since Kia PR does not restrict its Facebook page, perhaps this is a small way for the automaker to gauge customer interest about the possibility of offering a diesel-powered car here in the United States. And to answer the question at hand, yes, Kia, we would.


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      my heart is jumping for joy
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      read the fine print on these warranties lots of weasel clauses
      BranMM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes, give me the chance to have a Rio with the 1liter diesel like they have in Europe (88mpg). Of course the oil companies aren't going to like it. But that would make driving past their gas stations and flipping them off much sweeter.
      wartzilla
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's just a shame Kias are heaps of utter gobshite.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wartzilla
        My 2011 Kia Optima with GDI engine is a great car, I was waiting on hybrid, but it was delayed. Much better car than my Civic Hybrid. Lease for $350/mo or buy for $24k. The warranty is 10yr/100k miles on powertrain. First 36mo is bumper to bumper. My wife has a 2012 MB ML Blutech. Nice car, but Kia has better cooled seats. Oh yeah, maybe you forgot to look at who the most fuel efficient brand in US is right now. Not Toyota, not Honda; Kia/Hyundai. Bring the diesel, and I will be first in line to trade my GDI.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wartzilla
        Jellydonut, maybe you are eating too many of those donuts. Kia is a good car and has 5 year 60000 mile warranty. What is warranty on your car? Brad