2012 Kia Optima User Reviews

2012 Kia Optima Review Ratings

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PROS
"power" 4 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"price" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"seat" 2 reviews

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Qshaq87 writes:
2012 Kia Optima EX Review
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5

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Power, looks, reliability, quality, leg room

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gas mileage, thin paint

Qshaq87
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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

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MichalSokolov writes:
2012 Kia Optima EX Review
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5

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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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crzomp writes:
2012 Kia Optima EX Review
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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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141mason writes:
2012 Kia Optima LX Review
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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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Scott writes:
2012 Kia Optima SX Review
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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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tonyg2356 writes:
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the handling and the power and ofcourse the styling is awesome!

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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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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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Andy writes:
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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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my5chung writes:
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4

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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

Primary Use: Family transportation

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jdavidson015 writes:
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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.

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Reviews From Other Years

2001 Kia Optima Reviews

Good Commuter By Jeffrey

Some reliability issues as it ages. All of the steell lines(brakes and steering) have rotted. not bad for 140k. Alternator and brakes have been done. Too bad no one can build a car with reliable rear ... Read More

It Rocks By Kristin

it has a spacious interior, adequete acceleration, good on the gas mileage, and fun to drive. The handling is smooth and the maintenance is relatively light if the car is newer and wasn't previously o... Read More

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2002 Kia Optima Reviews

Great Sporty, Family Car. By cooltonep

I really like this car and I would recommend it to others. It has a nice body and its deceptively fast. The one negative is that it requires frequent fuel fill-ups as it does eat up gas if used as a p... Read More

Effective By Diana715

Overall this is very reliable car. It is a safe car. I like the fact that it has leather seats and a sun roof. It drives very well but does have a few mechanical issues that need some work. It is ... Read More

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2003 Kia Optima Reviews

Looks Great, Runs Perfectly, Has Good Power! By daaronlane31

This car has been a terrific part of my family. Always have enjoyed driving it. Is very comfortable to drive every day! Is an excellent family car that I'm sure anyone would enjoy driving every day. I... Read More

I'm A Kia Optima Driver For Life! By DeMaster

I love the fact that this car has been reliable in all conditions and has proven it's paid for itself over and over, thanks Kia! features in this 03 model are still competitive today. the multiple big... Read More

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2004 Kia Optima Reviews

I Am Happy With This Car Overall By mrleger

I bought this car in 2005 with 10,000 miles on it. Its now 2015 it has around 235,000 miles and beside for normal maintenance I have not had many issues with it other than the air bag light and headli... Read More

Great All Around Car. By sellquick

The car is an awesome performer with plenty of power. The AC will freeze you out. Gas mileage is great. Interior cabin is well laid out with all controls easily accessible. Very comfortable to drive. ... Read More

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2005 Kia Optima Reviews

2005 Kia Optima Ex-v6 By Richard

We, especially my wife, loves the smaller size of the Optima as compared to her old 1999 Buick Century. Although the ride was a bit smoother in the Buick (a plus for most mid size Buick sedans due to ... Read More

Good Car, Wish I Could Have Owned It New By JPenn856

I dislike the automatic transmission, it takes away from the power of the motor. The car gets around thirty miles to the gallon, and generally runs on any type of gas. I is a fun driver and I drive it... Read More

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