New Kia Optima Wipes Out All The Charm Of The Old One

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The new Optima is like the old one but more bland and with less expensive trim.

Seriously, look at this trim.

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Nah.

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Nah.

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Nah.

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One of the Kia reps claimed this looks like a BMW interior. Doesn’t feel like it.

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Looks soft. Isn’t.

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I mean, the optional leather seats look good.

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The new Optima: you get a lot of stuff for your money. Is it good stuff? Not so much. But you get a lot of it.

Photo Credits: Raphael Orlove


Contact the author at raphael@jalopnik.com.

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DISCUSSION

mike-mckinnon
Chairman Kaga

Can I admit something? I objectively know Kia and Hyundai now make good cars. Maybe not great, but certainly better than most people require.

However, whenever I see someone in a new Sonata or Optima, my bias kicks in and I say to myself, “Oh. Are they doing OK? Are they sad? Do they need a hug? Hey... What’s wrong, buddy? You can tell me.”

This is prejudice and I’m working on it.