First Drive: 2011 Kia Optima

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

2011 Kia Optima

2011 Kia Optima – Click above for high-res image gallery

We admit it – we’re genetically preprogrammed to be shallow creatures. Despite our moms’ best efforts, recognizing inner beauty is all well and good, but it’s physical beauty that first puts both people and consumables on our radar.

Exhibit A? The 2011 Kia Optima. You see, while exactly nobody was paying attention, the outgoing Optima actually became a reasonably competitive mid-size sedan. But with the lackluster reputation of its predecessor compounded by styling so banal that it might as well have had “John Doe” as a model designation, the Optima was seemingly forgotten by everyone but fleet managers.

That’s not going to be a problem any more.

Gallery: 2011 Kia Optima: First Drive

Photos copyright (C)2010 Chris Paukert / AOL

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