2012 Kia Optima Top Comparisons

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2012 Kia Optima EXReview
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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

Pros: Looks great!

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

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2012 Kia Optima EXReview
crzomp writes:
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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 LXReview
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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 SXReview
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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 SXReview
snuggabear69 writes:
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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 SXReview
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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 SXReview
my5chung writes:
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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 LXReview
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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 SXReview
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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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2012 Kia Optima SX Review
GuruLGCNX says:
vs2013 Audi A7 3.0T quattro Premium AWD
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Front Seats Ranked 2013 Audi A7 3.0T quattro Premium AWD better.
"Very roomy and comfy"
Back Seats Ranked 2013 Audi A7 3.0T quattro Premium AWD better.
"Very roomy and comfy"

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2020 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Guru5NFNH

I own a Nissan Altima and I wish I never did. I love my Kia. I don’t feel like I’m sitting on the ground. Rides great and I feel very relaxed driving it. Read More

Review By Guru9YCW67

Not sure what other car can be equal with this. The price is great, the features, and quality kia has brought is excellent! Read More

2019 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Samara

Great car! Nice features and worth the price! Very happy with my purchase!!! Read More

Review By Rafi6976

Just needs button start engine. It has smooth drive. Read More

2018 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By yazmeenavarzamani01

It had a history of moderate to severe damage from wreckage Read More

Review By Guru9KSFD8

Better sound system, only thing the Kia Optima lacks Read More

2017 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Guru98WFWD

Has all of the bells and whistles. Only thing that would make it better is having a spare tire rather than just a can of fix a flat. I would compare the interior and ride to a Hyundai Sonata. The outs... Read More

Review By yldwall

Absolutely love the car. Comparable to the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry of like years, but on average about $10,000 less for virtually the same car. Very quiet, very fast, user-friendly and luxur... Read More

2016 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Ed

Great performance, great features, great looks for a great price. Read More

Review By Mye

Good trainer car for a young adult just starting out. Read More

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