Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Community News Network

May 17, 2013

Kia Optima is a hit with the buying public

(Continued)

Parked at the curb, the Optima takes on an aggressive look with the addition of large red brake calipers on each of its 18-inch chrome wheels, a Limited package option.

Stitched material gives the steering wheel and seats a distinguished look and feel with Nappa leather used throughout. While the console and door trim displayed some soft materials here and there, hard plastics seemed to be overused in an otherwise elegant interior.

Kia engineers put some careful thought into the layout of its gauge cluster, recessing the panel a full three inches to shade the readouts from sunlight. The mix of high tech touch controls with knobs and buttons strikes a healthy mix with dual climate control knobs easily accessible at center console.

A graphic display above climate controls shows current settings of air directional flow throughout the cabin on a seven-inch screen. The same screen illuminates radio settings, navigation maps, phone, backup camera and auxiliary audio from your favorite device.    

While not perfect, the Optima has enough refinement to satisfy the checklist of many families' needs. If you happen to add the heated and cooled ventilated seat option, however, the controls are blind from the driver's position while in gear.

Overall, the Optima is a must drive if you are in the family sedan market. It is sure to impress.

Len Ingrassia is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at editor@ptd.net.

Text Only
Community News Network
Featured Ads
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook