A week or two ago I was cruising the internets when I came across a twitter discussion between our very own AJ Wilcox and a faithful reader named Ben. They were discussing Kia’s Super Bowl commercial and each others unique opinion of the Optima’s styling. Ben thought the Optima was great looking and a step forward for the South Korean manufacturer. AJ, well, I’ll let him regale you with his side of the discussion:
Of course me being the nosy, opinionated S.O.B. that I am, I had to jump in! I think the Optima is a good looking car with the right kind of numbers. No less than one minute later, Doug Smith Kia in American Fork chimed in inviting us to come test drive one of their Optimas:
AJ: OK, so Brandon, what did you think of the new Optima after we test drove it?
Brandon: To be quite honest, I was impressed. It is such a huge departure from the cheap Kias of old. Its German penned styling sets it apart from it’s Hyundai counterpart giving it, in my opinion, a much sportier look. It especially stands out from its bland competition from Toyota and Honda.
AJ: I still hate the way it looks. The front wheel intakes look cheap and out of place. The grille and back look stark and out of place on a Kia. I was definitely impressed after driving it, though. It was quieter than my Accord, had a turbo, and was loaded with tech.
Brandon: Agreed on the driving impressions and techy features. It was almost like viewing the world from inside an iPod, an iPod with 274 hp! But I’ll have to respectfully disagree with you on the styling. In the great words of Lloyd Christmas “I like [it] a lot”.
AJ: So neither of us are really sedan kind of people, but considering our experience – What would you consider if you were in the market for a new sedan?
Brandon: If I were in the market for a sedan, I’d definitely put the Kia Optima on my list. The combination of its torquey 274 hp turbo’d 4 banger, classy-ish interior, and modern tech options definitely make it a contender.
AJ: I have to agree. Before, I would have said that I wouldn’t consider anything besides an Accord and a Camry, but now, I’d throw the Optima into the mix.
Brandon: Well that settles it then. Like the styling or not the Optima is a car worth considering.