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Kia Optima SX Turbo
Kia Optima SX Turbo

Kia Optima SX Turbo

  • Price: $27,500
  • Gas mileage: 20 mpg city/31 mpg highway

Kia has earned its reputation for packing a lot of value into its cars, and the Optima SX Turbo adds weight to the argument. You get a lot of bang for your buck. But the SX Turbo offers much more than just value. It's an impressive performer off the line and in the curves.

Go comes from a 274-horsepower, 2-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. A six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles ushers engine production to the front wheels. A sport-tuned suspension boosts confidence levels in the turns.

Dual-zone climate control, leather seating, metal pedals, cooling glove box, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system with iPod interface and satellite radio capability are all standard.

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