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Review: 2011 Kia Optima EX

The New Benchmark, For Now Nobody remembers the 2010 Kia Optima, but just like that, the 2011 model may be the mainstream sedan to beat. While some consumers – the uninformed and brand-bigoted – might remain skeptical, the 2011 Kia Optima is the new benchmark. How could the Optima go from warmed-over also-ran to the segment's latest front-runner? Continue reading Review: 2011 Kia Optima EX... ... Read More

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    Video: Kia Optima attempts dunk over Blake Griffin
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    NBA basketball fans who watched last year's slam dunk contest on All-Star Weekend saw a spectacular dunk by Blake Griffin over a Kia Optima, with an assist from former teammate Baron Davis, who passed Griffin the ball through the sedan's moonroof. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the dunk, Kia commissioned a spoof to run on Funny or Die. The spot ...

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    Video: Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational puts SEMA cars to the test
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    We love SEMA. There's simply no better place to see the aftermarket go wild. Unfortunately, most of the cars, trucks, vans and other heathens that occupy the Las Vegas Convention Center each November are built to do little more than look pretty under the lights. We've always wanted to see the best of the best throw down on a track. Fortunately for us, ...

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    KBB hands out inaugural Total Cost of Ownership awards to Kia, Audi
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    Kia has taken home the first ever Kelley Blue Book award for Total Cost of Ownership among consumer brands. As you might expect, the award goes to brands and vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs. KBB examines depreciation, fuel costs, fees associated with finance and insurance, maintenance costs and state fees. Both the Optima sedan and ...

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    Chicago: 2012 Kia Optima SX Limited is literally a dream come true
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    While Chrysler got the most attention for its Super Bowl ad starring Clint Eastwood, many found Kia's spot starring Mr. Sandman, Adriana Lima and Motley Crue to be the most entertaining. The car featured in the ad was the new Optima SX Limited, which made its debut today at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The SX Limited is the new range-topping trim for the ...

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    Video: Kia debuts Adriana Lima-infused Super Bowl ad
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    Kia has been spending big on Super Bowl advertising for a few years now, but its commercials have been hit or miss. Its ad for the big game in 2010 entitled "Joyride" was a hit for bringing toys from our childhood to life behind the wheel of a Sorento, but last year's "One Epic Ride" was a definite miss. Kia's ad for this year's Super Bowl, called "A ...

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    Recalls: Kia recalls 145K Rondo, Optima models over airbag issues
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    Kia has announced that it is recalling 145,000 vehicles to address faulty airbags. A total of 95,569 Optima sedans built between 2006 and 2008 and 50,186 Rondo MPVs built between 2007 and 2008 are included in the recall. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles may have been built with a clock spring in the steering ...

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    Los Angeles: Pair of Kia Optima Turbos will compete in World Challenge against Mustangs and Camaros
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    The Kia Optima is headed to the World Challenge next year. Kia has announced that it will once again partner up with Kinetic Motorsports, this time to build a pair of Optima SX models to go fender to fender with the rest of the World Challenge field. The two turbocharged sedans will compete in the Grand Touring Sport Class against vehicles like the Ford ...

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    Kia taking the Rio racing, Optima Hybrid selected as pace car
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    Kia has only been racing for two years, but during this past season of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the plucky Korean brand recorded both its first-ever first place finish and won the driver and team championships for the entire season. Teams don't usually win their first race and wind up champions in the same season. So Kia's good at ...

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    Wayne Gerdes hypermiles 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid to Guinness record with 64.55 mpg
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    Hypermiler extraordinaire Wayne Gerdes and his colleague Chris Bernius have set a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in a gasoline hybrid vehicle while driving through the 48 adjoining U.S. states. At over 64 miles per gallon, Gerdes, Bernius and the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid have found a home in Guinness' record books. The ...

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    Report: Kia Optima production gets underway in Georgia
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    Korean automaker Kia has officially begun production of the 2012 Optima. The midsize sedan is now being churned out at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, which is located in West Point. Build alongside the Sorento, the 2012 Optima is the second Kia vehicle built at the company's Southern plant. Previously, the Optima was built only in South Korea. As is ...

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    Wayne Gerdes starts hypermiling mpg record attempt in Kia Optima Hybrid
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    Hypermiling extraordinaire Wayne Gerdes, along with colleague Chris Bernius (both friends of the site), are heading out on a big journey today. The two will leave from Kia Motors' manufacturing facility in West Point, GA on a trip through 48 states in a clockwise direction, finishing in South Carolina 16 days from now. Gerdes and Bernius will jump behind ...

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    Report: Hyundai treats Kia "just like any other competitor"
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    Hyundai and Kia have a unique relationship. The two automakers are owned by Hyundai, which is a conglomerate consisting of several companies. But while the two automakers share engineering and development resources, they have separate sales, marking and distribution organizations. So how do the the two automakers view one another? The New York Times ...

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    Review: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid [w/video]
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    A Feature-Packed Family Hauler That Sips Every time we read Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, we find something new. Adams was able to spin phrases that hit on multiple levels, and his work requires repeated attention to be enjoyed in full. We wouldn't be surprised if the folks at Kia have been reading a bit of Adams themselves, ...

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    Quick Spin: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid [w/video]
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    A Feature-Packed Family Hauler That Sips Every time we read Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, we find something new. Adams was able to spin phrases that hit on multiple levels, and his work requires repeated attention to be enjoyed in full. We wouldn't be surprised if the folks at Kia have been reading a bit of Adams themselves, ...

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    Kia VP says Optima Hybrid is a no-compromise vehicle
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    Kia Motors' vice-president of marketing, Michael Sprague, says that the 2011 Optima Hybrid is the vehicle that will legitimize the Korean automaker as an eco-friendly company. In speaking with Ward's Auto, Sprague stated: Enter the Optima Hybrid, which Kia is promoting as a no-compromise vehicle. According to Sprague, this makes it unlike some of ...

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    2011 Kia Optima Hybrid priced at $26,500*
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    Kia Motors America has announced that its midsize fuel-sipping sedan, the 2011 Optima Hybrid, will be priced at $26,500, plus an extra $750 for destination and handling, when it hits U.S. dealers in June. The gas-electric Optima is Kia's first-ever hybrid vehicle. Like the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the gas-electric Optima uses the automaker's 2.4-liter ...

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    Confirmed: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid priced from $26,500*
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    Optima edges Accord in CR test, Altima still favorite; Explorer lambasted *UPDATED
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    The mid-size sedan battle rages on year after year. Perennial kings are dethroned while new challengers emerge boasting fresh styling and a bountiful list of standard features. Consumer Reports launched its June issue today, inside which the institute's testers have pitted four-cylinder versions of the Kia Optima and Honda Accord against each other to ...

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    Blake Griffin to auction dunked-over Kia Optima on AutoTrader.com [w/video]
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    Mixed opinions arise when discussing Blake Griffin's over-car dunk at the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Regardless, it got people talking and the 2011 Kia Optima played a major role in the jam. Kia turned Griffin's hop into a commercial, and now Griffin is again using that same Optima for another good move; one that will benefit cancer research ...

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    Kia adding Optima production line to Georgia plant
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    The Kia Optima has been a resounding success from the minute the midsize sedan's redesigned 2011 model hit dealer showrooms. Optima sales have nearly doubled since its November introduction, which has helped the automaker claim a 36 percent sales increase on the year. The Korean automaker seems to think the good times will continue into the future, ...

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