2012 Kia Optima User Reviews

2012 Kia Optima Review Ratings

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PROS
"handling" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"price" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"seat" 2 reviews

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2012 Kia Optima EX Review
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5

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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.

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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.

crzomp
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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

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jdavidson015 writes:
2012 Kia Optima LX Review
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good looking, comfortable (better than fusion, focus, sonata, forte, elantra)

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handeling is floaty, rear seats arent great

jdavidson015
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Not Bad For The Money — this is a vety nice car to have, it is the most comfortable car compared to its competitors that i test drove (above in pro's section) its a good looking car and fairly quiet aswell. the power isnt the best, but again better than most, it has enough when you need it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Andy writes:
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5

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Basically everything. This is my daily driver and I couldn't ask for anything more.

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My only complaint is that sometimes when you are in manual for using  the paddle shifters, the car will change gear right when I am changing gears and therefore goes up or down 2 gears instead of the 1 gear.

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Absolutely Amazing — Absolutely love this car. It has tons of features in it for the reasonable price. It has heated and cooled seats, nav system, iphone integration, push to start, and a lot more. The car has 274 hp and is a ton of fun to drive. The gas mileage could be better, but honestly who cares about mpg when you're driving something like this. I get about 20 mpg depending on how I drive. I've hit 110 in it no problem, just ran out of road. And the Corsa blue color on it is amazing. Oh and the safety is phenomenal. I actually got rear-ended and the car took it like a champ. I honestly had 2 barely noticeable scratches on the back bumper, unlike the other idiot driver whose entire hood and front fenders were broken in like 4 places and her headlight was falling out.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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MichalSokolov writes:
2012 Kia Optima EX Review
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Looks great!

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

MichalSokolov
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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

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141mason writes:
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Good Handling, Nice Ride.

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

141mason
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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

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tonyg2356 writes:
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the handling and the power and ofcourse the styling is awesome!

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nothing

tonyg2356
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It Is A Great Car Overall — i love everything there is about this car! The overall styling is great. The interior features are a plus. I absolutely love the styling of the interior and the all the features are great! This car is elegant and sporty and the gas mileage is great! The power is there if you need it but as a family car it is awesome as well..

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Scott writes:
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Get's lots of compliments,Runs strong,Unmatched  factory warranty,

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Not alot of aftermarket parts available

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Well Rounded Daily Driver — The SX is loaded with heated and cooled seats,ac to the glovebox,glass roof and power everthing. No turbo lag. Mileage isn't as advertised but averages mid to high 20's. Factory tires only lasted 25k miles even with proper rotations.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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snuggabear69 writes:
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The 4 cylinder turbo engine is exceptionally fast.

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none

snuggabear69
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Very Impressive — I think kia did a awesome job with the design of this car! The interior is very comfortable and i especially love the ergonomics of the dash. Also the heated and cooled seats are great especially in the back for the passengers!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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my5chung writes:
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It a beautiful car  nice interior

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Just the rough ride over the bum

my5chung
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It A Beautiful Car — I love the style, it had every thing that I needed for around 31 thousand ,not bad I got around 35 mpg on the high way , some time I even saw 40 mpg. Just wish not too much road noise

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Reviews From Other Years

2014 Kia Optima Reviews

Beyond It's Class! By Igor_Smetaniuk

In our search for a stylish but sporty looking sedan & importantly having safety in mind, we originally looked at the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. Expanding the search, just to see if there were an... Read More

It's A Good Car By Angel

It's a good car at a reasonable price. It's very functional and I would recommend it. It gets good gas milage and rides smooth. I wish they had more color choices though. We got gray but it shows ... Read More

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2013 Kia Optima Reviews

Would Not Buy Again,,, By Ms_Illusion_1974

Overall, I was greatly dissapointed on the gas mileage, and again on the way it handled in the snow,,they used a lot of plastic exterior parts when building this car, and just not the quality I was ho... Read More

Great Bang For The Buck! By DustinD

I looked for this car for a long time and finally found the perfect one at the perfect price on cargurus.com! We saw a lot of LX models for the same price as we found the EX model (which was actually... Read More

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2011 Kia Optima Reviews

Fun, Fast, And Reliable By joel0981

I love everything, speed and handling. Small motor with big bite. Shift able automatic and very nice navigation system with rear view camer. But sad to see it didn't come out in manual. Hopefully one ... Read More

Best Car I Ever Had By salvadorefrain94

I have 3 cars in my entire life. I am 19 and so far the KIA Optima is the most reliable vehicle I had not only that but it definitely has a luxury look to it so is also very stylish as well as economi... Read More

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2009 Kia Optima Reviews

Kia Optima: Good Value Family Car By fisheral

Talk about value for the money. This car has been a good and relatively reliable all around family car with plenty of comfortable space for four (sometimes five). Looked at Accord, Fusion and Sonata... Read More

My View Of Kia Cars/corporation Has Gone Way Up After Buying This Car. By MrBigFish1959

Love it! The car is smooth, quiet, & dependable, with good mpg & enough bells and whistles to make it fun to drive. Great buy! Highly recommended! Read More

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2008 Kia Optima Reviews

Lots Of Car For The Value! By ncdiscountcars

The Kia Optima personifies value. The styling for the 2008 was subtle and pleasant (of course the latest body style is far more audacious and bold!) and the car had great gas mileage (somewhere betwee... Read More

Good Lookin' And Economical By msdenisemounsey

This is one of my most favorite cars I have owned in 35 years. It looks classy, runs great, and has been extremely reliable. The interior is roomy and has good head clearance. The seats are comforta... Read More

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