Wifey should have driven and then purchased the Optima SX 2.0T.... Then YOU would have loved driving it more then the Sportage. I drove my neighbors Optima 2.0T and all I can say is ...it was FAST!! and FUN to drive.
Optima was my first choice but I ended up purchasing Sportage. I have been using Car Sedan for years already so I decided a SUV this time, just for a change. If there were no stock of Sportage that time, I'll take Optima. It's a good choice. Great positive reviews on that car also. Enjoy!