I rented a car to get home from the airport tonight. The car I was given was a Kia Optima. I thought Nissan has the Optima? Whoever really made it, it looked and felt a lot like the Toyota Camry I drove last week.
For some reason I was under the impression that Kia's are the Hyundai's of the 1980's... cheap. I was wrong. The doors on this car were solid and well made. The interior had nice touches like the usb connection adjacent to the auxilary input.
The trunk was huge and I had sufficient room for my long legs and big head. It appeared to also have enough room in the back for a small person despite my seat being all the way back.
I liked the radio controls on the steering wheel as well as the cruise control.
Driving home there are a number of large hills I have to drive up. This car did not have the power to hold speed going up the steepest of hills. It lagged and even after getting it to down shift I did not have control enough to maintain more than 55 mph.
It has the same radio and heater/air controls as the Toyota Camry. I do not like those controls nor the radio. The controls, while large enough to handle, are in some way lacking in "real life" design. The clock is in a much more visible location than in the Camry.
This would not be my choice of cars.