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2012 Kia Optima

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EPA Fuel Economy:
City: 22 – 24   Highway: 34 – 35
Available Engines:
192-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
200-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
274-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual w/OD
6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

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 What We Like

 What We Don't

More standard features for 2012
Choice of two four-cylinders, including a 274-hp turbo engine
Available hybrid version
Available heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel
Available voice-recognition audio system
Sharp styling
Richly appointed cabin
Roomy trunk
Standard USB/iPod integration
Gas mileage
Brake-pedal feel
Backseat headroom
Front seats need more cushioning
Manual transmission not offered with turbo four-cylinder
Some options unavailable together
Folding backseat leaves small pass-through

Vehicle Summary

Kia has transformed its Optima family sedan from a plain, forgettable entry to one of the most distinctively styled cars in the class. Three trim levels are available — LX, EX and SX — and the five-seat Optima competes against cars like the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It's also offered in hybrid form.

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4dr Sedan LX


4dr Sedan EX


4dr Sedan EX Turbo


4dr Sedan SX


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