We've always considered the Kia Rio to be a car of unparalleled excellence in the small car field, with its exciting design and largely metal engine. The newest sedan bodystyle, unveiled soon at the New York Auto Show, will be the one with four doors. As opposed to the hatchback, which will have five doors.
On the flipside, there are going to be four new engines for the vehicle but I wouldn't bet the house on us getting all four of them. Two are diesel, two are gas, the safe bet is the 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine is the one we're going to get. With 108 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque it should be a real charger!
Transmission choices are six-of-one, half-a-dozen of the other in that one is a six-speed manual transmission and the other is a four-speed automatic. How does one even make such a choice? It's a fool's errand, for sure.
The Rio's so affordable it's sort of in a class of its own, except for the also cheap Nissan Versa, the cheap Hyundai version, a new Chevy Aveo-replacing Sonic. We don't know the price yet, but expect it to be not expensive.
Press Release: 2011 KIA OPTIMA NAMED TO AUTO A FONDO'S
All-New Midsize Sedan Praised by Panel of Influential Automotive Professionals
• Competitive price and long list of standard convenience and safety features make Optima a sensible option for segment shoppers
• Critically acclaimed styling and overall value increase Optima's consumer appeal
IRVINE, Calif., March 21, 2011 - The all-new 2011 Kia Optima has been turning heads and collecting awards since arriving in Kia dealerships several months ago, and the latest praise comes from Auto A Fondo who has named the midsize sedan as one of its "Top 10 Best Buy Cars for 2011" in the four-door sedan category. The recognition comes on the heels of the Optima earning a five-star crash safety rating from the U.S. government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and being named one of the "Top 10 Cars to Look Forward to in 2011" by CarsDirect.com.
"The all-new Optima combines a long list of advanced technology, convenience and safety features with stunning exterior design, and the Optima's value proposition makes it the smart choice in the midsize sedan category," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, Kia Motors America (KMA). "With its powerful and fuel efficient engines, including Kia's first-ever turbo in the U.S., the Optima stands out from the midsize sedan crowd by offering fun-to-drive performance at a tremendous value as evidenced by this recognition from Auto A Fondo's panel of experts."
Now in its ninth year, the "Top 10 Best Buy Cars" list is selected by a panel of Hispanic automotive professionals tasked with reviewing and comparing which new cars offer the best value in each intended segment. According to Auto A Fondo, a "Top 10 Best Buy" offers innovative engineering, good exterior design, best-in-class ergonomics, an excellent ride, outstanding fit and finish, and complete content packaging, all at a competitive price.
"The Optima's overall design and performance impressed us. With the extended warranty it becomes a very good option for the Hispanic family," said Ricardo Rodriguez-Long, editor, Autoafondo.com.
About the 2011 Kia Optima
Available in three trims, LX, EX and SX, the 2011 Optima offers a wide array of convenience and luxury as well as impressive technology features like an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service1, auxiliary and USB audio input jacks and standard Bluetooth®2 wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls to enable hands-free operation for compatible mobile phones. Available with three all-new and fuel-efficient engines, a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter GDI turbo or a 2.4-liter hybrid (available later this year), pricing for the stylish and performance-oriented midsize sedan begins at $18,9953.
Like the rest of Kia line-up, the 2011 Optima comes equipped with a high level of standard safety features, including: six airbags4 (dual advanced front and front-seat mounted side as well as full-length side curtain), front active headrests, side-impact door beams, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Four-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a Traction Control System (TCS), a Brake Assist System (BAS) and Hill Assist Control (HAC) also are standard.
The 2011 Optima is covered by Kia's warranty program, which offers consumer protection at an exceptional value. Included in this program are a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan also is part of the vehicle coverage.
2011 Kia Motors America Product Line
Kia's model year 2011 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio sub-compact sedan, Rio5 sub-compact hatchback and Sedona minivan.
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 730 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the "Official Automotive Partner of the NBA." In 2010, KMA recorded its best-ever U.S. sales and 16th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new technologies.
Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its Web site – www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com. 1 SIRIUS, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries. SIRIUS Radio requires a subscription, sold separately after 3-month trial subscription included with vehicle purchase. Prices and programming are provided by SIRIUS and are subject to change. Subscriptions governed by SIRIUS Terms & Conditions available at sirius.com. SIRIUS Radio U.S. service available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous United States, D.C. and Puerto Rico (with coverage limitations). 2 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other trademarks and tradenames are those of their respective owners. 3 Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest trim level. MSRPs exclude $695 destination and handling fee, title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary. 4 For maximum protection, always wear your seat belt.