Searching and ultimately laying out your hard-earned money for a new ride is somewhat similar to choosing the love of your life. You may shop around a lot using your computer, do a test drive or two, and maybe ask some friends or relatives for opinions. It seems though, in buying a new car that taking the advice of owners is the most meaningful.
That theory is backed up by the trustworthy Consumer Reports organization. When they surveyed owners of mid-sized sedans, the car with the highest overall score was the Kia Optima. Go figure! This very popular family vehicle is ready for your own due diligence with the friendly folks at Westside KIA
The biggest change to the delight of its drivers is another aggressive engine. Kia placed under its stylish hood a new lively 1.6-liter turbocharged four cylinder that is matched up to a quick and smooth shifting seven speed dual clutch automatic. This feisty turbo can deliver 178 horses and an asphalt gripping 195 lb-ft of torque; it loves red turning to green. This setup has the smoothness of a torque-converter automatic at the lower speed and delivers well executed and timed shifts when you punch it down. The other tried and true power-plants you also can test drive are the 2.4-liter four that punches out 185 horses. Then take a spin in the SX or SX-L models and experience the awesome 2.0-liter turbo with 245 thoroughbreds and connected to a six-speed automatic.