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Fleet Update – Our First New Long-Termer: 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

Mark my words: the Koreans are coming. Folks who have been reading TTS for a while may recall that last fall I dipped my foot in the Kia Optima Hybrid, and at the time emerged mostly impressed but unconvinced largely thanks to the demo car’s really spooky steering. At the time I concluded that I was better-off just holding onto the Accord Hybrid for my solo HOV-lane commute for the time being until something else caught my fancy. But I kept coming back to the Kia. Yes, seriously. Meet TTS’s first *new* long-term test car: a Satin Metal premium package 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid.

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Garage Corner: Satisfaction in the form of an iPod install for the 2006 Honda Accord Hybrid

Although I decided not to purchase a Kia Optima Hybrid after the test drive a few weeks back, I have to admit the newer car had certain features that left me envious. Don’t get me wrong: the Accord Hybrid has power everything from windows to sunroof to seat heaters, along with automatic climate control and even side view mirror defrosters. In fact, the Accord is at least as well-equipped as my wife’s Mercedes E320 4Matic wagon, save for the navigation system, and to tell the truth my TomTom is better than the 2005 Mercedes COMAND system.

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