David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/12/16 8:22 a.m.
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The Kia Optima is one of the sleepers out there in our world, although the brand is quietly attracting fans. Like the rest of the Kia lineup, the Optima offers tremendous value--without asking its occupants to make many sacrifices.

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Bobzilla
Bobzilla UltimaDork
8/12/16 8:39 a.m.

I've been telling you peoples!

trigun7469
trigun7469 Dork
8/12/16 8:48 a.m.

No manual

HappyAndy
HappyAndy PowerDork
8/12/16 9:15 a.m.

In reply to trigun7469:

I can't speak for the KIA in particular, but I often find that turbo engines and automatic transmissions are like chocolate and peanut butter. If they took the time to tune this AT to accentuate the character of a properly tuned turbo engine, it's a net positive.

Do the Koreans do that? I have no idea.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/12/16 9:33 a.m.
Bobzilla wrote: I've been telling you peoples!

I've been saying the same. Kia has some really good products.

As for a manual, on a car like this--a family car with a nice turbo setup--I'm cool with the auto.

singleslammer
singleslammer GRM+ Memberand UberDork
8/12/16 9:46 a.m.

What is the price as tested? That is some fancy looking leather

Bobzilla
Bobzilla UltimaDork
8/12/16 10:00 a.m.
David S. Wallens wrote:
Bobzilla wrote: I've been telling you peoples!
I've been saying the same. Kia has some really good products. As for a manual, on a car like this--a family car with a nice turbo setup--I'm cool with the auto.

Yep. We checked out hte bottom dollar 1.6T 7-spd Dual clutch and honestly, it's great.

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