2012 Kia Optima User Reviews

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    2012 Kia Optima EX Review
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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

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

    Cons: gas mileage, thin paint

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    2012 Kia Optima EX Review
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    35

    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

    Pros: Looks great!

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

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    2012 Kia Optima EX Review
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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

    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.

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    2012 Kia Optima LX Review
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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

    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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    2012 Kia Optima SX Review
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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..

    Pros: the handling and the power and ofcourse the styling is awesome!

    Cons: nothing

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    2012 Kia Optima SX Review
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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

    Pros: The 4 cylinder turbo engine is exceptionally fast.

    Cons: none

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    2012 Kia Optima SX Review
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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

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

    Cons: 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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    2012 Kia Optima SX Review
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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

    Pros: It a beautiful car  nice interior

    Cons: Just the rough ride over the bum

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    2012 Kia Optima LX Review
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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

    Pros: good looking, comfortable (better than fusion, focus, sonata, forte, elantra)

    Cons: handeling is floaty, rear seats arent great

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    2012 Kia Optima SX Review
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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

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

    Cons: Not alot of aftermarket parts available

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    2015 Kia Optima Reviews

    Great Bang For The Buck! By The2388

    Great car for personal use or commuting for work! Very roomy interior and trunk for family and "stuff"! Amazing speakers and sound system! Excellent Bluetooth phone operations with phone log memory f... Read More

    2014 Kia Optima Reviews

    Great By betrthnu_215

    So far I love it heads turn when I pull up. The base model comes with a lot of features. It handles like a dream I'm still trying to break him in so far only 397 miles on it. the interior is top notch... Read More

    Very Awsome Vehicle By skwiek

    My wife and I traded in our 2008 Town and Country on this vehicle. My wife loves it. Its sporty looking but great on gas mileage. Acceleration is fantastic. Handling is almost like its on rails. We ha... Read More

    2013 Kia Optima Reviews

    Too Much Plastic, Not Good Quality By Ms_Illusion_1974

    this car is NOTHING like I had researched on, the one I got is definitely a bad nightmare, handles terrible,, mediocre gas mileage- the steering is a danger , as it drifts left to right,, you have to ... Read More

    Hard To Find Such A Great Value Anywhere Else By Patrick

    Overall a great car, has options that European luxury cars don't have at twice the price, drives well, looks good. Feels a small bit underpowered and would like to see better gas mileage if not a more... Read More

    2011 Kia Optima Reviews

    Never Been In The Shop For Any Type Of Repair. Gas Milage Is Great. I Average 28-29 Mpg By KBarber_1234

    Fun car to drive. kick it in manual and it feels like a sports car. traction control work awesome in the snow. I test drove the 2.0 turbo and with this 2.4L high output engine, I didn't feel much diff... Read More

    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

    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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