2011 Kia Op­tima SX

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE CAR PAGES -

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Ride, smooth ac­cel­er­a­tion ride and adept and han­dling. han­dling: Ac­cel­er­a­tion Sur­pris­ingly is high­way-com­pe­tent. worry. You can change lanes with­out

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: The car’s looks drew rave re­views ev­ery­where it was driven. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Kia.

Body style, lay­out: The Op­tima SX is a fron­twheel-drive, front-en­gine main­stream mid­size fam­ily sedan with four side doors and a tra­di­tional notch­back trunk.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: The Op­tima SX comes with a 2-liter, tur­bocharged, dou­ble-over­head cam, 24valve, in-line four-cylin­der en­gine with vari­able valve lift and tim­ing (274 horse­power, 269 foot­pounds of torque). It is linked to a six-speed trans­mis­sion that can be op­er­ated au­to­mat­i­cally or man­u­ally.

Ca­pac­i­ties: There are seats for five peo­ple. Rear seat­ing is tight for three peo­ple, more suit­able for two. Lug­gage ca­pac­ity is 15.4 cu­bic feet. The fuel tank holds 18.5 gal­lons of gaso­line (reg­u­lar is rec­om­mended).

Mileage: The fed­eral mileage rat­ing is 22 miles per gal­lon in the city and 34 on the high­way.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes four-wheel disc brakes (ven­ti­lated front, solid rear); emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion (four wheels); elec­tronic brake-force dis­tri­bu­tion; side and rear head air bags; and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol.

Price: The base price of the 2011 Kia Op­tima SX with tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine is $25,995. Dealer’s in­voice price on that model is $24,290. Price as tested is $28,690, in­clud­ing $2,000 in op­tions (on­board nav­i­ga­tion, pre­mium sound sys­tem, backup cam­era) and a $695 des­ti­na­tion charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $26,770. Re­bates are avail­able. Check with your lo­cal dealer.

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