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2012 Kia Optima User Reviews

lacproductions writes:

This was a great purchase. The car still rides like it is brand new, everything works in the car . I needed a new car for work since my other work car has reached 200,000 miles. This car has low miles and had such a low price I could not pass it up.

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James writes:

I like everything about it its basically the perfect card for me thats why I chose it I really have been wanting to try one out for quite some time

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Lela writes:

Its a great car. I would compare to the Hyundai sonata.

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A writes:

Everything i wanted in a car from inside to out

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arcemi92 writes:

Very good car ! I wish it had an extra key or key fob.

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Guru79WD9 writes:

The car is a nice, clean, luxury style car. Very room and comfortable with plenty of bells and whistles but not for me. Im a petite type person I felt list in this car. I needed something a little smaller. The Kia Forte LX was the perfect fit midsize sporty fit for me.

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migration_Qshaq87 writes:


Great Car!!! — The car drives better than expected! This was the only four cylinder I felt had enough power! The ride is sporty and confidence inspiring. With the amount of awards it has won and how much it has changed things for Kia. I recommend it to anyone

Pros: Power, looks, reliability, quality, leg room

Cons: gas mileage, thin paint

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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MichalSokolov writes:


The Car Is Nice — I'm extremely satisfied with that car! It drives very well, looking great and interior is nice! Fuel economy is also very nice and efficient. Maintanence cost is pretty cheap - it's not a BMW or Mercedes.. I wish I could buy more options!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Cons: Handling could be better, front passanger seat doesn't have height settings

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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crzomp writes:


Excellent Bang For The Buck, Great Value. . — I really like all that you get for your money. Very solid feel and very tight handling. Great "back road" driving experience. Good brakes, mediocre fuel economy. Absolutely no reliabilty issues. A lot of fun to drive and accelerates very well. I bought this vehicle as soon as I drove it. I had been shopping for another vehicle for a long while and decided to test drive an optima on a "whim". After I compared the price, drivability and overall value, the Kia won "hands down". We're talking "no brainer" here.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: A ton of "extras" for a competively well priced vehicle. I don't know af any vehicle with as many desired features. Actually has more  than I can remember and list. It even has heated seats in front and back. Incredible sounding Infinity stereo with a subwoofer attached to the trunk lid. Smooth handling and a lot of fun to drive. It's hard to actually comprehend all you're getting for the money. Kia actually considers the passengers. The 200 hp engine and six speed transmission are an excellent performance combo.

Cons: Hard for me to get in and out of with my sore back and knees.  I really don't care for the looks all that much; although thats a very personal preference.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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141mason writes:


Great Lines, Runs And Drives Great — Great Lines, Runs and Drives Great. The lines of this car where innovative now Ford and other car companies have copied the styling. It is a Wonderful Midsize car for the Dollar with all of the standard options, MP3 player, hands free dialing, to name a couple.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Good Handling, Nice Ride.

Cons: Gas Mileage drops like a rock from 32 MPG to 16 MPG when towing small trailer.

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2011 Kia Optima SX turbo review: 2011 Kia Optima SX turbo

The 2011 Kia Optima SX is the third Optima reviewed at CNET this year, which suggests some sort of weird obsession. But each of these Optima models is different enough to warrant the attention.

The first, the Optima EX, inaugurated this generation of Kia's midsize sedan, and showed off some excellent styling work and cabin electronics. The second Optima we reviewed marked the debut of Kia's first hybrid vehicle.

And now we come to the Optima SX. Although it uses the same body and cabin electronics as the EX model, it features another engine advancement for the company. The Optima SX comes standard with a turbocharged direct-injection 2-liter four-cylinder engine. It uses just about every technology currently in vogue to maximize power and at the same time gain fuel efficiency.

The numbers show the apparently painless gains from turbocharging. The Optima SX gets 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.4-liter, which also uses direct injection, in the Optima EX gets 200 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. The EPA fuel economy numbers for the Optima SX stand at 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, and the EX gets only 2 mpg better in the city. That's a big power boost for little fuel economy sacrifice.

Kia topped this 2-liter engine with a turbo, giving the Optima 274 horsepower.

However, in CNET's testing, which involved long freeway trips, highway cruising, mountain driving, and city traffic, the Optima SX fell below its EPA range, coming in at 21.6 mpg. We admit to occasionally being heavy on the throttle, but most cars we test at least get in their EPA range.

Part of the fuel economy variance might be due to the car's Eco mode. A button on the steering wheel engages Eco mode, which slightly detunes throttle response. It doesn't hamper acceleration much, but makes it easier to start off gently from a stop. In our testing we used it approximately half the time when driving the car.

In passing and merging maneuvers, the 274 horsepower was a big advantage, giving the car an amount of boost you wouldn't expect in a midsize sedan. It readily leaps forward, even when already at cruising speed. Turbo lag wasn't an issue when taking off from a stop, thanks to engine and transmission tuning.

But despite the car's ready acceleration and paddle shifters on the steering wheel, the Optima SX is not some sleeper sports car. First of all, it has front-wheel drive, which automatically disqualifies it among the cognoscenti.

Secondly, when powered into a turn, it gets overwhelmed, the front washing into understeer and traction control pulling back on the power. That's not to say it handles poorly, just that its limits are easy to reach. Keeping to speeds appropriate for the car, the body does not exhibit much roll as it comes around corners.

The Optima SX has paddle shifters on the wheel, but it is not much of a sports car.

In normal driving, the car rides well. It is not a soft suspension, so it keeps rocking to a minimum. But it also does a good job of masking the jolts and bumps from the cabin occupants. Cars that cost almost twice as much don't do much better.

That ride quality is accentuated by the cabin of the Optima SX. With the Premium package, this car gets features such as heated and cooled seats, memory settings for the power-adjustable seats, and even heated rear seats. There is very little separating the Optima SX from a luxury midsize sedan, such as an Audi, Lexus, or Infiniti.

The premium Infinity audio system, part of the optional Technology package, adds to the luxury feel of the Optima SX. With eight speakers, this system delivers very detailed sound reproduction. Stereo separation is excellent, and it makes each sound, each instrument, distinct. Although well-balanced among the frequencies, it does not have a lot of punch.

That audio system is fed by most modern audio sources, including iPod integration, Bluetooth audio streaming, and USB drive capability. It also includes satellite radio. But one area where other automakers are making great strides is app integration, usually bringing in Pandora, something Kia hasn't yet done.

Kia uses a consistent theme for its various cabin tech control screens, with large buttons that are easy to use when driving.

The onscreen menus for music selection and other cabin tech functions are easy to comprehend, and very responsive. Where systems from other automakers often take a little time to react, this one is as fast as your typical smartphone. You can also control many functions through voice command. When using this interface, help automatically appears on the LCD, showing next possible commands. Voice command also makes it possible to dial contacts in a paired Bluetooth phone by name.

The navigation system is the same as in the other Optima models, with bright, clear maps showing traffic information. Stored in flash memory, these maps refresh quickly as you drive, and make it easy to browse a map to set a destination. The maps are limited to 2D views, as opposed to the richly rendered perspective maps from other automakers. But despite this lack, the navigation system handles route guidance well, showing graphics to explain upcoming turns and reading out street names for the voice prompts.

In sum
Kia throws a lot of modern technology into the 2011 Optima SX, pushing ahead of the curve without getting to the cutting edge. The engine, with direct injection and a turbo, is an excellent piece of work with plenty of power. But the mundane suspension and general platform keep the Optima SX from exhibiting much in the way of sporting characteristics.

Likewise, the cabin electronics are all very good without getting beyond current offerings. The navigation system in particular has a basic feature set, although we do like its responsiveness. The high point of the cabin is the Infinity audio system.

Ultimately, it is a very good-looking car with solid performance and comfortable cabin appointments. As a family sedan and commuter car, it is a great value.

Tech specs
Model2011 Kia Optima
Power trainTurbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission
EPA fuel economy22 mpg city/34 mpg highway
Observed fuel economy21.6 mpg
NavigationFlash-based with traffic
Bluetooth phone supportStandard
Disc playerMP3-compatible single-CD
MP3 player supportiPod integration
Other digital audioBluetooth streaming audio, USB drive, satellite radio
Audio systemInfinity 8-speaker system
Driver aidsRearview camera
Base price$25,995
Price as tested$30,840
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What Is It?

The turbocharged top-spec version of the handsome new Kia Optima, which shares its powertrain lineup and architecture with the 10Best-winning Hyundai Sonata. The SX comes pretty well stocked, including the direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo four, 18-inch wheels with black-painted pockets, HID headlamps, LED taillights, dual-zone auto climate control, Bluetooth, an LCD in the instrument panel, leather upholstery, and racy body bits. If you’d like your blown Optima to be less furious-looking—yes, we just called a Kia “furious-looking”—and $1500 cheaper, the EX turbo is your car; it skips the sporty stuff everywhere but under the hood.

How Does It Drive?

Whatever the trim, the Optima is a fine-driving family sedan, and it has more of an enthusiast bent than does the excellent Sonata. The hefty steering is accurate, turn-in response is quick, and the suspension keeps a tight rein on body motions over bumps and during transient maneuvers. All Optimas have a suspension that can be described as firm, but the SX’s firmer dampers go another notch. The setup can make for a chopped, harsh ride; you might consider the Hyundai—or at least a lesser Optima—if you live anywhere with crappy roads.

The 274-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four with 269 lb-ft of torque is silky smooth and punches hard enough to send the 3500-pound Optima to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and through the quarter in 15 flat. Turbo response is basically seamless, which is excellent for drivability but bad if you want to stay out of it to improve fuel economy—we achieved 20 mpg with our Optima, below the 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway EPA ratings. The six-speed automatic shifts smoothly, and the SX has steering-wheel-mounted paddles if you feel like playing F1 on the way to Froyo.

How Does It Stack Up?

Like the Sonata, the Optima proves that you don’t need a V-6 to have a good time. This turbo is among the quickest in its class; a 272-hp V-6 Mazda 6 and a turbo Sonata were quicker, at 6.1 and 6.2 seconds to 60. (The Mazda weighed some 70 more pounds than this Kia, and the Sonata weighed 110 fewer.) But the design and materials in the Optima’s cabin are a step above the Mazda’s, as well as those of most of the Kia’s competition. The crisp exterior looks more upscale than most mid-size sedans’ and isn’t too polarizing—the latter is key for this segment. We also really like cool details such as the cutout at the top of the windshield that echoes Kia’s corporate grille.

For those who like to drive, the Optima and the 6 are the most satisfying mid-size sedans, with the Honda Accord and Sonata just behind. Relative to that lot, everything else in the segment is automotive applesauce.

What’s the Cost?

Our whole-hog Optima test car rang in at $30,840, which consisted of the $26,690 base price plus the $2000 Technology and $2150 Premium Touring packages. The latter includes a big sunroof, a power front-passenger seat, driver’s-seat memory, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and different 18-inch wheels. (If you prefer the look of the standard rollers, you can spec a Premium package without new wheels for the same $2150.) Ordering the Premium upgrades is a must to get the Tech pack, which adds a nav system, a rearview camera, and an upgraded Infinity stereo. A V-6 Accord or a six-cylinder Ford Fusion outfitted like our Optima SX would cost at least an additional $1900; value is still a significant part of the Kia equation. Taken with the rest of the car, that adds up to a winner in our book.


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED: $30,840 (base price: $26,690)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 122 cu in, 1998 cc
Power: 274 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 269 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: 110.0 in Length: 190.7 in
Width: 72.1 in Height: 57.3 in
Curb weight: 3553 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 6.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 16.2 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 34.4 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 6.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.0 sec @ 96 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 152 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 188 ft

EPA city/highway driving: 22/34 mpg
C/D observed: 20 mpg


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Kia Optima Expert Review

MotorTrend Staff

Before its major overhaul for the 2011 model year, the Kia Optima normally wouldn't have generated even a second look. But thanks to its attractive exterior redesign under the watchful eye of chief stylist Peter Schreyer (formerly of Audi), a new interior, updated powertrain options, and numerous standard amenities for a relatively low price, the Optima is generating more sales for Kia in the all important midsize sedan segment.

The 2012 Kia Optima comes in three trim levels -- the base LX, sporty SX, and upscale EX -- with two powertrain options. Buyers can choose from a 200-horsepower, direct injection 2.4-liter four or a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 274-horsepower direct injection four mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The base LX is the only model available with a manual transmission (only with the 2.4-liter). The Optima is capable of as much as 35 mpg highway depending on configuration. The Kia Optima Hybrid model is also available, using a version of the 2.4-liter paired with an electric motor.

For those looking for more comfort and convenience, a variety of packages are available for each Optima trim level. A technology package available for all trim levels adds a navigation system with Sirius traffic, rear backup camera and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system. SX models get rear heated seats and a sweeping panoramic sunroof.

Body style: sedan
Engines: 2.4L I-4, 2.0L I-4 turbo
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Models: LX, EX, SX

The Optima debuted as an all-new 2011 model in late 2010. It was the first time it had received a dramatic restyle since its U.S. market debut, so not much has changed for the 2012 model year. The Optima now looks more luxurious and contemporary, and with the optional 274 horsepower turbo 2.0-liter, there is some go to go with its new show. The changes for the 2012 Optima mostly center on adding options to the LX trim level's exterior style. Chrome accented door handles instead of body-colored door handles and a new standard wheel design are the most notable changes to the LX model. Minor packaging interior packaging changes have also been made for 2012.

Having gotten wider and longer from last year's refresh, the 2012 Optima sits on a three-inch-longer wheelbase, and its sweeping chrome arc that flows from the A to C pillars creates a coupe-like appearance. Base LX models include 16-inch steel wheels, clear-lens projection headlights, fog lights, heated outside side mirrors, auto headlights, and standard LED taillights. All models come with a chrome-tipped dual exhaust tips and integrated side mirror turn-signals.

The Optima's cabin is nicely groomed and tailored, and provides the feeling of luxury. The car's center stack panel is angled 10 degrees toward the driver, lending a sporty touch to the interior and giving the driver a better view of vehicle functions. Plenty of standard features are included inside: tilt/telescoping wheel, six-way adjustable driver's seat, cooling glove box, Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM/CD with three months of free Sirius satellite radio, and an auxiliary jack. EX models and above come with a push button start and smart key. Panoramic sunroof, leather seats, navigation, rear backup camera, and heated/cooled seats are optional.

The Optima's direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is rated at 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The turbo takes the helm as the performance engine and during Motor Trend testing the turbo moved from 0-to-60 mph in 7.4 seconds onto a quarter mile of 15.7 sec @ 90.7 mph. It stopped from 60 mph in 125 feet. Most Optimas are equipped with a 200 hp 2.4-liter direct-injected four cylinder. When tested, the naturally-aspirated Optima returned from the quarter-mile time in 16.1 seconds at 88.3 mph and a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds and slowed down from 60 mph in 124 feet. During testing, Motor Trend found the Optima's electronic stability control was a bit paranoid, as it shuts the throttle down at the most minute detection of tire slippage.

Safety is optimal in the Optima. Six airbags are standard: dual front, front-seat-mounted side, and full-length side curtains. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), brake assist (BA), electronic stability control, traction control, hill assist control, and tire-pressure monitoring is standard as well. Three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front active headrests, and side-impact door beams round out the safety features for the Optima. The warranty program will also have you feeling covered: a five-year/60,000-mile roadside service is available in case of any mishaps.

LX, EX: 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway (LX manual; EX 2.4-liter); 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway
EX Turbo, SX: 22 mpg city/34 mpg highway

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2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo Review

As the most powerful member of the Kia Optima lineup, this sedan doesn't just have the look it has the drive to match. With just enough punch at the touch of the throttle, plenty of interior roominess and a look that sets it apart from the pack: the 2012 Kia Optima Turbo checks all the necessary boxes.

Knowing what you get in the Kia Optima package, the just-above $30,000 price tag for the EX Turbo trim is more than reasonable, and well worth the investment. When compared to the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion (because they sport turbos too), it's a viable option buyers should most definitely consider.

Optimal response
When I'm handed the keys to an automatic (which is often), I'll admit my heart often sinks just a little. I'm just a hands-on, manual kinda girl – sorry. However, it's safe to say that the 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission in the 2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo is nothing short of fabulous. Complete with stylish paddle-shifters on the steering wheel, this Optima is a joy to drive.

Shifts are quick, and not onces did the transmission stumble or search for a gear. In all honesty, I rarely touched the paddle shifters. So good was the 2012 Kia Optima's own system that I felt no need to override it.

Power delivery is smooth, and very little lag is felt from the turbo (which I'll get to in a moment). Merging on the highway, passing moves and generally spirited driving is done with ease.

Optimal power
Really, anything with a turbo gets me a little excited; from the spool to the blow-off to the power it provides, it's all pretty fantastic. So, when I saw the “T” on the badge in the back, that sinking feeling from the automatic almost went away completely.

Equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the 2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo is good for 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque; both decent numbers for a car in its class. Nothing too scary fast, and nothing too stodgy or slow. It really is a great engine. I tried to find something bad to say about it and the only thing I can come up with is that it's a bit loud on start-up in the cold. You've been warned.

Optimal looks outside, and in
And then we come to the way the 2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo looks; and again I have a hard time saying anything very bad about it. On a personal level, I adore the uber-modern, mosaic-style turn signals housed in the headlights, and the chrome-lined honeycomb-style grille. It's all very upper class, all very aristocratic in an urban, cooler-than-you way.

It's just the right amount of flash to grab some attention without being so over the top that you'll get sick of the 2012 Kia Optima a few months after driving it off the dealer lot.

Subtle gills beneath the side mirrors hint at a sportier ride, as does the rear lip spoiler.

Inside the 2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo the good looks continue. While I wasn't a huge fan of my tester's light-grey leather seats, the overall design of the interior is quite pleasing. With the middle console angled towards the driver, everything is in arm's reach (even for someone with arms as short as mine).

Deeply recessed gauges housed in chrome-lined casings, again, hint at a sportier nature, and I quite like the orange-hued gauge lights.

My only qualms about the interior of the 2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo are the oversized and rather ugly seat-heater buttons (really, they have to be THAT big?), and the A and B pillars are quite large; for someone like me who has to have the driver's seat quite far forward, my visibility was hampered by them at every intersection.

Optimal space
Seating space in the 2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo is great no matter where you are. Even with a BRITAX car seat behind the passenger's seat, there was still plenty of legroom left, and the remaining two seats in the rear were useable.

The 2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo's trunk easily swallowed up a large stroller along with groceries and other shopping goods, and the self-opening trunk (controlled by the key fob) is great for full hands as it pops open just enough to make access that much easier.

Here is a sedan that's a great family hauler, but still great to drive. Who knew?



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Timeless styling

Chris2020-02-07 10:01:43

I just fell in love with it INSTANTLY. It took a little while to get used to the "pinched" grill, but the rest of the car, designed by Peter Shryer. He formerly designed Audi's. Just look at that sweeping chrome strip running along the top of all the windows, blending in at the back of the sport coupe looking "C" pillar. My car was a Spicy Red EX, with tan interior. It remains my favorite pairing of outside/inside "pop". The materials are rich and now having survived 8 brutal summers here in VA, there is no cracking, drivers seat leather cracking, tears, or any heat related issues. Looks brand new. Now. The car is not perfect. There were 5 recalls, and it was found that the "free" oil changes used oil and filters that did not adequately protect the engine, and my engine died at 67,500 miles. They gave me a comparable loaner for 5 months, as there was a backorder on the engines. 1.3 million 2.4 liter Optima/Sonata (same car) engines were replaced. I was impressed that they admitted the failure was covered and the new engine is covered for an additional 20,000 miles. While slow off the line, this car hauls. If it was a stick I could spin up the motor and get off the line in the cars power band, but the traction control is VERY invasive. Even though it can be turned off it wont let you have too much wheelspin. I converted all the lights to LED, installed a complex Kicker audio system with 2 10" subwoofers, tinted the windows very dark, and bough gloss "B" pillar covers that reflect the light just like the tinted windows. I use my thumb drive in the single USB port with 1500 songs instead of paying for Satellite radio for $15 to $20 a month. It has excellent body control, swaybars are effective, and while not sorted like and Acvord Sport, it is just a great car to blast up and down mountain roads. The Autostick feature let's me shift up and down as needed for fun and to slow down w/o using the brakes alone. After rehabbing the tires and brakes, I proudly handed the car down to my oldest daughter for Xmas, and bought a gently used 2015 Turbo, in Sonow White Pearl paint.It is gorgeous.

Review of 2012 Kia Optima

firemommy32012-05-03 16:01:14

I bought a Volvo c70 8 years ago b/c I'd always heard that Volvos are durable and last a life time. While I did enjoy the car for about 2 years it started to get little 'quirks' wrong with it. I DO NOT abuse my cars, and with only 28,500 miles I finally had to trade it in. The roof leaked and the dashboard actually fell out! My friend owns a Kia and always raved about it. I first test drove a Honda and then a Kia Optima. My friend was right! The Kia is fabulous! The ride is smooth, the options can't be beat, the interior seating is the most comfortable I've encountered and the price of the car cannot be beat. My Optima has sooo many more options than the Honda Accord had and the price was actually $4500 cheaper. I have the car for 6 months now and whenever I'm driving it I am still amazed at the value and the comfort it offers!

2012 Kia Optima EX with tech and gps package

beafantoo2012-04-30 14:53:55

53 years old, 23rd car that I have bought in my lifetime. Best car I have ever bought when you consider options, looks, handling and price. I was going to buy the Acura TL fully loaded was $38,421, I took it for a long test drive and was going to buy it but wanted to wait till my taxes refund was in my hands. In the mean time I am a bodyshop manager and received a 2012 Kia Optima in my shop that had been hit by a tractor trailer on rt 50 in Maryland. The car looks great inside where the driver and 2 pass. were, but the out side was destroyed $22,000 worth of damage, *********** me on the safty of the car, I purchase my Kia fully loaded for $25,995 and have been happy ever since. Cant go wrong folks, real nice car.

Review of 2012 Kia Optima

blittle2112012-03-03 09:48:23

I am delighted with my 2912 Kia Optima EX. It is packed with luxury features without a luxury pricetag. My Kia came complete with glass roof, navigation system, prremium stereo, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and power seat and windows. What more can you ask and all for under $28000, the car perfoms well, the base engine is peppy and more than adequate. No turbo needed, Thus far I have drive the vehicle for 4,300 miles and have not had a single problem. I really enjoy driving the car, in fact I drive it far more often than my other car, a 2011 $60,000 Lexus.

Optima EX 2.4L GDI

lb19472012-01-08 04:51:47

This car is a trend setter . It looked great on the dealer lot and it looks even better in my garage ! I have owned some excellent cars over the years . I had foreign sports cars back in the 60's - when we actually could tune and tweak them ourselves . Through the years with children on board there were mini vans and family sedans . My career has been in the cockpit of passenger airliners and the ride back and forth to the airport has called for a car that could be enjoyed like the airplane . That is a tough challenge . The Optima is filling the quest . I had an Infinity G-35 that was wonderfully engineered with more than enough hp and an interior than pampered and impressed all who rode with me . A diesel Passat was an example of German engineering that even my children could appreciate . The Kia is even more impressive with lots of attention to mechanical and aesthetic details . The 200 hp non turbo engine is not a screamer but moves the fairly heavy sedan with plenty of response that is very smoothly handled by a 6 speed automatic transmission that is silky . The body has lots of curves and accents . The twin chrome exhausts exit cleanly from the rear much like BMW has done so well with in its roadsters . The EX has a moon roof that looks great from the outside blended so beautifully in the roof line . And inside it provides a truly panoramic environment whether open or closed . It does take a small amount from headroom but the seats are highly adjustable electrically with memory . The leather seating and interior materials are excellent . I test drove everything out there and the Optima was an easy winner . The nav could be a bit more user friendly but with voice and buttons can be mastered . The screen is adequate in size and positioned just right . The entire "cockpit" is a pleasure to be in . The ride is smooth but could benefit from a bit better tire . Mileage is not terrific but acceptable considering the generous proportions of this very pleasing sedan .

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