2012 Kia Optima Top Comparisons

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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
Andy writes:
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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
jdavidson015 writes:
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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
Tash says:
They dont have it listed but it was the SX Turbo. It is perfect. Its roomy, has cooling and heated seats, sunroof and moonroof is a plus.
vs2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo
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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"
2012 Kia Optima Review
JulsAnderson says:
vs2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS FWD
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Family Car Ranked 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS FWD better.
"More spacious, very roomy, and a sportier design, compared to the KIA Optima fast roofline cuts down on head room, Seats have short, flat bottom cushions. As for the Sonata is very comfortable to drive and sit. "
Value Ranked 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS FWD better.
"Hyundai feels more like a full size vehicle compared to the Optima feels more like a mid-size. Also the Sonata has bigger cargo capacity of 16.4 compared to Optima at 15.4."
2012 Kia Optima LX Review
brittany says:
Great car
vs2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4WD
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Value Ranked 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4WD worse.
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Reviews From Other Years

2020 Kia Optima Reviews

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2019 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Guru9C8TS7

The second Optima we have purchased and third Kia. They have been great! Read More

Review By Guru3YNC2

This is one of the best mid size sedans l have ever owned. Packed with modern technologies which beats any European luxury brand with affordable price. Very roomy and quiet cabin. Read More

2018 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Vhbigspring

The Kia Optima has a very smooth ride and easy to handle. The A/C is very cold. The car is also very comfortable and the back seat has plenty of leg room for all three teenagers. Read More

Review By GuruX9K8M

I’ve been driving it for 5 days. So far I really like it. I have had Toyota Camry’s for years, but the car market made it hard for me to afford one now. The Optima reminds me of the Camry only I like... Read More

2017 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Chuck

Sharp quality sedan at a competative price point in the class. Read More

Review By Adaniellepittman

Not a good value. Read More

2016 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Guru9C5BRZ

I like the car I want a turbo one tho Read More

Review By kim

Its a beautiful car and rides so smoothly, I would buy another one in a heartbeat Read More

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