The Truth About Cars » Optima http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 2016 Kia Optima SXL Review – Short Road to the Top (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-kia-optima-sxl-review-short-road-top-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-kia-optima-sxl-review-short-road-top-video/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1243745 It’s easy to see why some automakers resist putting premium features in mass market models. All you need to do is look at that luxury showroom to the right. In the quest to differentiate, say, the Ford Fusion from its Lincoln counterpart, or the Toyota Avalon from the Lexus ES, and so forth, manufacturers limit the options and luxuries available […]

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It’s easy to see why some automakers resist putting premium features in mass market models. All you need to do is look at that luxury showroom to the right. In the quest to differentiate, say, the Ford Fusion from its Lincoln counterpart, or the Toyota Avalon from the Lexus ES, and so forth, manufacturers limit the options and luxuries available […]

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Kia Officially Launches Brand In Mexico, Sales Beginning In July http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/kia-officially-launches-brand-in-mexico-sales-beginning-in-july/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/kia-officially-launches-brand-in-mexico-sales-beginning-in-july/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1088897 Kia officially announced Wednesday it is launching the brand in Mexico, with sales to begin July 1 of this year. The automaker will sell its wares at 21 dealerships in 10 major cities across Mexico next month, with three models — Forte, Sportage and Sorento — the first to be offered for sale; the Optima […]

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Kia officially announced Wednesday it is launching the brand in Mexico, with sales to begin July 1 of this year. The automaker will sell its wares at 21 dealerships in 10 major cities across Mexico next month, with three models — Forte, Sportage and Sorento — the first to be offered for sale; the Optima […]

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New York 2015: 2016 Kia Optima Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-kia-optima-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-kia-optima-arrives/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:55:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036065 Coming on the heels of the Sportspace Concept, the 2016 Kia Optima made its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Two engines carried over from the outgoing model will join a third engine for the 2016 model year. The carry-overs are a 2.4-liter direct-injection naturally aspirated four and a 2-liter direct-injection turbo-four, […]

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Coming on the heels of the Sportspace Concept, the 2016 Kia Optima made its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Two engines carried over from the outgoing model will join a third engine for the 2016 model year. The carry-overs are a 2.4-liter direct-injection naturally aspirated four and a 2-liter direct-injection turbo-four, […]

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Piston Slap: MT 6-speed Hyundai Sonata…Coda? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-mt-6-speed-hyundai-sonata-coda/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-mt-6-speed-hyundai-sonata-coda/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:04:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=933514   TTAC commentator Arthur Dailey writes: Sajeev, Over 40+ years of driving, I have traditionally changed cars every 2 years and never kept one for longer than 5 years or 150,000km. However I made my most recent car purchase with the intention of keeping it for 8 years or 200,000km. With the belief that in modern […]

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  TTAC commentator Arthur Dailey writes: Sajeev, Over 40+ years of driving, I have traditionally changed cars every 2 years and never kept one for longer than 5 years or 150,000km. However I made my most recent car purchase with the intention of keeping it for 8 years or 200,000km. With the belief that in modern […]

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Piston Slap: See the USA in your K-I-A? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/piston-slap-see-the-usa-in-your-k-i-a/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/piston-slap-see-the-usa-in-your-k-i-a/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:50:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=647330 Phil writes: Hello Sajeev, I have a question related to maintenance on a 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo. It currently has 45k miles, and I have owned it for only 4 months (had 20k when I took ownership of it). As you can see, it is driven a whole lot, almost exclusively on the great […]

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Phil writes: Hello Sajeev, I have a question related to maintenance on a 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo. It currently has 45k miles, and I have owned it for only 4 months (had 20k when I took ownership of it). As you can see, it is driven a whole lot, almost exclusively on the great […]

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You Can Buy The Millionth U.S. Built Kia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/you-can-buy-the-millionth-u-s-built-kia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/you-can-buy-the-millionth-u-s-built-kia/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=495170 Ever since Isaac Singer figured that he could make more money making sewing machines for the European market in a factory near Glasgow rather than export them from his Elizabeth, New Jersey plant, manufacturing companies have built products where they’ve sold them. Last Thursday a pearl white 2014 Sorento SXL trundled off an assembly line […]

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Ever since Isaac Singer figured that he could make more money making sewing machines for the European market in a factory near Glasgow rather than export them from his Elizabeth, New Jersey plant, manufacturing companies have built products where they’ve sold them. Last Thursday a pearl white 2014 Sorento SXL trundled off an assembly line […]

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Review: 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-kia-optima-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/review-2012-kia-optima-hybrid/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 23:27:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410666 I’m a product of the 1970s, and as a result I was just the right age to remember when Kia came on the scene in 1992 (available for sale 2 years later), the first Kias were cheap to buy but fairly cheaply made as well prompting the running joke was that Kia meant: “Korean, Inexpensive, […]

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I’m a product of the 1970s, and as a result I was just the right age to remember when Kia came on the scene in 1992 (available for sale 2 years later), the first Kias were cheap to buy but fairly cheaply made as well prompting the running joke was that Kia meant: “Korean, Inexpensive, […]

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Review: 2011 Kia Optima EX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/review-2011-kia-optima-ex/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/review-2011-kia-optima-ex/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:53:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=381109 Offering everything from the Accent subcompact to the Equus large luxury sedan, Hyundai covers a lot of territory. With gas, turbo, and hybrid engines, and basic, sporty, and luxury trims, the Sonata stakes out much of the midrange sedan segment. Which leaves Kia and its new Optima midsize sedan…where? Mercury to Hyundai’s Ford? Not if […]

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Offering everything from the Accent subcompact to the Equus large luxury sedan, Hyundai covers a lot of territory. With gas, turbo, and hybrid engines, and basic, sporty, and luxury trims, the Sonata stakes out much of the midrange sedan segment. Which leaves Kia and its new Optima midsize sedan…where? Mercury to Hyundai’s Ford? Not if […]

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2011 Kia Optima (K5) Bonus Gallery http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/2011-kia-optima-k5-bonus-gallery/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/2011-kia-optima-k5-bonus-gallery/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:22:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372873 Still not sure what to think of the forthcoming Kia Optima? Stare at it some more while you wait for TTAC to get its hands on a US-market version…

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Still not sure what to think of the forthcoming Kia Optima? Stare at it some more while you wait for TTAC to get its hands on a US-market version…

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Review: 2011 Kia K5 (Optima) Korean-Spec http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/review-2011-kia-k5-optima-korean-spec/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/review-2011-kia-k5-optima-korean-spec/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:02:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372816 The Korean word for ‘five’ sounds like “oh,” as in, “Oh, Snap!” or “OMG.” So in Korea, that makes Kia’s new K5 a “K.O.,” at least in name. But does Kia’s new Camccord fighter actually land a knockout on the all-important D-Segment, or is it a mere win by decision? One thing is certain: this […]

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The Korean word for ‘five’ sounds like “oh,” as in, “Oh, Snap!” or “OMG.” So in Korea, that makes Kia’s new K5 a “K.O.,” at least in name. But does Kia’s new Camccord fighter actually land a knockout on the all-important D-Segment, or is it a mere win by decision? One thing is certain: this […]

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Review: 2006 Kia Optima http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/review-2006-kia-optima/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/review-2006-kia-optima/#comments Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:40:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350458 Some vehicles hit my tightwad tendencies like a nickel split into two quarters. Take this one for example. A base, five-speed unpopular car in an attractive color going through it’s very last year of production. The last of these Optimas went for less money out the door than a mid-level Corolla or Civic thanks to […]

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Some vehicles hit my tightwad tendencies like a nickel split into two quarters. Take this one for example. A base, five-speed unpopular car in an attractive color going through it’s very last year of production. The last of these Optimas went for less money out the door than a mid-level Corolla or Civic thanks to […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Kia’s Optima-sm Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-kias-optima-sm-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-kias-optima-sm-edition/#comments Sun, 14 Mar 2010 17:12:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=348933 Quick, want to guess what the single piece brings more traffic to TTAC than any other? Thanks to an early Korean-spec test (don’t worry, further tests of the US-spec model are forthcoming) and the blessings of good Google rankings, our 2011 Hyundai Sonata review has been our single biggest source of traffic over the last […]

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Quick, want to guess what the single piece brings more traffic to TTAC than any other? Thanks to an early Korean-spec test (don’t worry, further tests of the US-spec model are forthcoming) and the blessings of good Google rankings, our 2011 Hyundai Sonata review has been our single biggest source of traffic over the last […]

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Product Review: Optima Batteries http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/product-review-optima-batteries/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/product-review-optima-batteries/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2009 22:20:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=339529 Perhaps you’ve seen the advertisement: an Optima battery survives the rigors of a demolition derby, then goes into the vehicle taking it’s owner home. But is it pure advertising hyperbole or is there something to the claim? To find out I tested the Optima Red Top and Yellow top batteries in situations ranging from daily-driving […]

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Perhaps you’ve seen the advertisement: an Optima battery survives the rigors of a demolition derby, then goes into the vehicle taking it’s owner home. But is it pure advertising hyperbole or is there something to the claim? To find out I tested the Optima Red Top and Yellow top batteries in situations ranging from daily-driving […]

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