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2012 KIA Optima SX T-GDI

I have no one to blame but myself.

Truth is I can’t give you an awesomely detailed review of what it’s like to own and drive the 2012 Kia Optima SX T-GDI…which is a very long name. I was able to get two good driving days out of the car though.

I was heavily impressed with the styling on the new Optima. The headlights were especially wonderful as great visibility is very important to me. The car is massively roomy without being oversized. The fit and finish of the interior is superb. It was no surprise to me then when I learned that most people who purchase the Optima were at some point in their research considering the Lexus GS series. In fact Kia advertizes on the Lexus GS owner’s club forums. The quality of this vehicle is truly outstanding.

It does more than get out its own way. I found that I never once worried about being able to safely pass anyone or feel uncomfortable merging onto the highway. It was quite thirsty though. Then again, I did a lot of merging. And to be honest my fair share of passing.

Then, it happened. I admit it, I broke the car. Just the window regulator, but mind you it was a tough so and so. As I mentioned before, the quality is outstanding and the car is quite powerful. Well apparently that theme is repeated in the components. I say that because the window seems to be operated by more of a winch than an electric motor. Having attached my video camera to the passenger side window on a very hot day I would soon learn more about the quality of said components than I wanted to.

Thank you KIA for allowing us to test the SX T-GDI. It was a blast and I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it’s easy to see why potential Lexus customers consciously choose the Optima. And to anyone reading this piece I highly encourage you to experience this car as it is an entirely rewarding endeavor.

For those of you who just want to see me make a fool of myself…feel free to watch said buffoonery below.

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