The 2011 Kia Optima has already received the highest possible crash safety rating of ‘Good’ in all four tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and has been recognized as a ‘Top Safety Pick.’
Now, the 2011 Kia Optima has also received an overall 5-star crash safety rating – the highest possible score – after attaining five stars in each of the overall ratings categories in the latest crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“As the most recent addition to Kia’s lineup, the 2011 Optima incorporates some of Kia’s most advanced safety technologies with head-turning style, performance and comfort to provide consumers with high value and peace-of-mind,” said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of Kia Motors America (KMA) and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG). “As the first Korean-built vehicle to be awarded a five-star crash safety rating under NHTSA’s new, stricter guidelines, Optima creates a new benchmark in the segment and underscores Kia’s commitment to offering consumers the highest levels of quality and safety in all of our vehicles.”
Refresher: The base 2011 Kia Optima is powered by a 200 hp, 2.0L GDI turbo 4-cylinder. Buyers can also opt for a 274-hp 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder turbo. Available in three trims, LX, EX and SX, the 2011 Kia Optima is on sale now with a starting price tag of $18,995. The 2.4-liter Theta II hybrid Optima goes on sale in early 2011.
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– By: Omar Rana