First off, I dislike the KIA logo. That does not mean I dislike Kia, I just think they could be more creative. Putting a name in a circle is what high school girls do with the names of their crushes. Perhaps putting a name in a circle translated to cost savings that could be passed on to every Kia vehicle price point? Uhhhh…yea right. Kia, I know a guy who will do a great logo for $300. Just sayin’.
Look past the logo, however, and you will see a good looking car. This particular one, a KIA Optima SX Limited is top of the line. What does a top of the line 2016 Optima run? $37,000. “Wait….what? $37K for a Kia? They could afford a better logo!” They probably could, but bang for the buck here is actually the story. $35K will get you an Accord with everything. $37K for a Kia gets you a “smooth Accord”, plus diamond stitched seats and a nicer interior…near-luxury quality…with the exception of the logo. I’d argue better interior than an Acura. And the Kia has legroom in back…lots.
So …the drive…look, it’s no Lexus ES, but it’s close. I’ll admit, I did not get it out on the highway…just city street driving for my first impression, but it was surprisingly smooth and comfortable for the around town commute. Actually the Optima was so good, I’ll probably entertain an offer to stretch it’s legs out a bit on the freeway.
I’ll admit, I really didn’t expect a Kia to cost this much and look like this. But, I can definitely see why I am seeing more and more on the streets. If you’re looking for an upscale family sedan and care more for what you get than who makes it, give the Optima a look. You don’t have to pay $37K, but then your mid level Optima is in GT Mazda 6 territory…a rather stylish sporty good place to be…with a better logo. For the Optima, go Lux and pony up the $$. I think you’ll be impressed