Used 2011 Kia Optima LX Sedan 4D

By: Abby Martinez

Why I chose this car.

I chose this car because my dad has the 2013 and I love how it looks. The reason I chose the 2011 over the 2013 is because 2011 is as far back as I would go in this model because I don't like how the 2010 and older models look. Also I did not choose the 2013 because since it would be my first car, I don't think I would be able to afford it.

The car I chose.

2011 Kia Optima LX - $7,995.

Villa Park, IL.

126,220 miles

24 mpg/ city

35 mpg/ highway

Engine- l4

Description of vehicle

  • Interior has cock-pit feel
  • Bluetooth
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Sedan
  • 2.4 liter engine
  • six speed automatic
  • 200 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
  • Sporty styling

Safety Features

  • 4 wheel ABS (Anti-lock braking system)
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Traction control
  • emergency interior trunk release
  • Child locks


Basic- 5 year/60,000 mi

Powertrain- 10 year/100,000 mi

Consumer Ratings-Positive

"Best car I have owned..."

We thought we would trade our vehicle in for a good model year end deal. The car was much more than we though it would be. Its roomy and comfortable on the inside. Wish we had opted for power seat and a sun roof. One complaint may seem odd-- the steering wheel didn't seem very ergonomic. It was awkward holding hands at certain angles for extended time.

"Very nice car..."

This is my 2nd sx Turbo. First one was the very first 2011. This one has much more comfortable seats, but the sear cooler does not work as well as the 1st one. Everything else is great. Nice pearl paint job on the white. Good quality materials interior wise. Smooth running car, not a sports car, but has very nice get up and go.

"Great value for the money..."

Great value for the money... if you're looking for a great 2nd car this is the one. All of the hype about steering is a misnomer because tire size and driving mode are adjustable. That solves the problem.

Consumer Ratings-Negative

"Big disappointment..."

I bought this car after trading in a VW Passat. Needless to say I feel very let down. The car is a big disappointment. Very cheaply made. The seats are uncomfortable and the passenger seat sits so low and is not adjustable. It is very awkward. I don't know what else to say, I do not like this car at all. I am a previous Camry and Passat owner.

"Car lacks quality road feel for the price..."

Not please with the cars drivability, should be a heavier road feel and should be more steady on the road. Have to focus holding the steering wheel while driving high speeds to hold the car steady. I get a roar noise from the tires when turning at a slow pace. This is not notice at high speeds. Car does not take bumps or slightly roads ruffness. I give it a f in this area. Loaded with lots of toy. Good looking car with great power but, lacks driving quality.

"Maybe I got a lemon or car was damaged before..."

I bought my car brand new in 2012. Within the first 6 months I heard a tapping noise and had to get the right, front axle replaced. 4 months later I has to get the left front axle replaced and the windshield washer container replaced. 3 months later, the car would not start and hesitated. I then had to have the fuel pump replaced. Reviews were spot on about the road noise, Low passenger seat, large blind spots and no spare tire, but I love the car. However, I am nervous about keeping it due to lack of reliability. I bought a new car to avoid all of this. Very Sad!!

Expert Ratings

If midsize sedans were contestants on a dating show, the previous-generation Kia Optima would have been among the first would-be suitors kicked off. Bland to behold inside and out, and generally uncompetitive in every category but average selling price, the old Optima was easy to overlook. But things have changed in a big way for the 2011 model year. The Kia Optima was is now one of the most stylish, most amenity-laden midsize sedans available, and qualifies as a viable, attractive alternative to the segment's heaviest hitters.

My rating

I feel like the Kia Optima is one of the best in its class because of its looks. Many cars in this category are not very luxurious looking and might be "bland" but the Optima is very stylish and sporty.


MSRP: $7,995 -manufacturer's suggested retail price.

Blue Book Value- $9,559 The value that is representative of dealers' asking prices for a used car. $7,995 $9,900

In my opinion the prices are different because the Optima on the car gurus website has more miles making it worth less money than the true car Optima.

Similar Cars

2011 Chevrolet Malibu-

Fair Purchase Price: $10,898

Blue Book Value: $11,348

2011 Ford Fusion-

Fair Purchase Price: $12,437

Blue Book Value: $12,837

Year: All 2011

Miles Driven:

Chevrolet: 66,623

Ford: 66,623

Kia: 126,220

The Ford and the Chevrolet are both more money than the Kia but they have less miles.

Which one would I purchase?

Out of the three similar options, I would purchase the Kia Optima. I would purchase it because I love how it looks and it costs less. Another reason why I would buy the Kia is because it has better mpg than the Ford.

I could possibly lower the price on the Ford because I could use the mpg as an argument to lower the price.

Financing The Car

Fair Purchase Price: $11,738

I will put down $1,000.

$11,738 - $1,000 = $10,738

$10,738 / 60 = $178.97

Estimated monthly payment: $178.97

I feel like I could afford this if I had a job. I would be able to afford it because my parents help out a lot with costs if I do a good job in school and what not. I feel like this is a decent car and it would be worth it because I know I will not be getting the best car as my first car but this is also not the worst!