Sighting: Kia Optima Turbo

20 Dec

Yea, I never thought I’d consider buying a Kia either.  However, with a 274hp turbocharged direct-injected motor that produces 269 lb-ft of torque from 1750-4500 rpm, I’m certainly interested.

I know the new Optima has been around for a while, but this is my first encounter up close.

Is it a real competitor to Honda and Toyota?  In recent years, the Koreans have made more interesting products and it’s translated into better sales.  This Optima is certainly better looking than the now-boring Camry/Accord V6…but will it be as reliable as the Japanese cars?  Time will tell.

Would you consider buying one?

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