2012 Kia Optima
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Best Car I have ever Owned.

by from Washington, DC on March 1, 2012

I am 56 so you can imagine I have purchased many a vehicle in my days and this car by far is the best EVER!!! I am 6'6" and this car fits me just fine especially the head room and I have the panoramic...
I am 56 so you can imagine I have purchased many a vehicle in my days and this car by far is the best EVER!!! I am 6'6" and this car fits me just fine especially the head room and I have the panoramic sun roof. The power is beyond expectations and my current mileage is 30mpg back and forth to work and long distance driving is was at 35.1mpg. Stereo is extremely loud and clear. No problem with being able to see, i.e. blind spots, and love the looks. First time getting gas and a guy approached me and said how he really liked the car and that just blew me away. Never had that happen to me EVER!!!! What I also enjoy are the little things that Kia has added, interior lights come on when approaching the car, if I unlock the doors and do not get in it automatically re-locks itself, rear seats fold down and gives you ample access to the truck, and also my wife had parked the car and the wheels were turned excessively to the left and when she went back into the car the message board between the tac and speedometer informed her to realign her wheels. I could really go on and on about this car and how many heads it has turned but I recommend you test drive one yourself and you will be very amazed at this car.
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EX with Premium but be careful

by from Glen Ellyn IL on February 8, 2012

The Optima is a great vehicle but there is an issue with some that has yet to be fully solved. On the 2011 and with some 2012's, there is a pulling left issue on some cars. There were two TSB's (techn...
The Optima is a great vehicle but there is an issue with some that has yet to be fully solved. On the 2011 and with some 2012's, there is a pulling left issue on some cars. There were two TSB's (technical service bullitens) from Kia that were directed at this issue. My dealership simply alligned the car and told me the rest of the issues were in my head even after showing them the specifics. From the research out there, once it gets handed up to Kia, they do have a remedy for the pull left problem. Other than this issue, which Kia has promised to resolve, the Optima is a great car for the money. Bottom line, you must test drive the vehicle that you want to buy before accepting it. If it has a strong left pull or tendancy to drift left, do not accept delivery of the car. Do not let a service manager chalk it up to the crown of the road and the low profile tires.
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Stylish and worth the Money

by from Mount Morris, MI on December 28, 2011

I currently own a great 2012 Kia Optima EX. It is quite possibly the best vehicle I have ever purchased! It's a full sized sedan with tons of room inside the cabin and in the trunk. The trunk space is...
I currently own a great 2012 Kia Optima EX. It is quite possibly the best vehicle I have ever purchased! It's a full sized sedan with tons of room inside the cabin and in the trunk. The trunk space is so huge i can fit at least 3-4 sets of Golf clubs in it! Its gets me outstanding gas mileage averaging around 34mpgs with my everyday driving to and from work. When I first test drove the car I was sold just in the convenience and comfort of the interior. The amount of options and standard features that you get for the price are astounding. Features such as standard Bluetooth, Leather seats, Dual Zone climate control, Power drivers seat and tilt and telescopic steering are just the tip of the ice berg. Then you have options like heated and cool front drivers and passenger seats, with heated rear seats, Navigation with a Back-up camera in the NAV screen, heated steering wheel, and many more options all for a VERY competitive price. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone in search of a full sized sedan. Also, this vehicle is made right here in the US in Georgia!!!
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I am blown away!

by from Atlanta, GA on June 29, 2012

I am a type of person who keeps cars for a long time. My previous car was a 2001 model and I was on the lookout for my next car. I attended the Atlanta Car Show earlier this year and wasn't really imp...
I am a type of person who keeps cars for a long time. My previous car was a 2001 model and I was on the lookout for my next car. I attended the Atlanta Car Show earlier this year and wasn't really impressed by any of the usual suspects apart from higher-end luxury brands that cost $35K+. I finally got to the Kia section and I was blown away by how nice the Optima looked! I had never given Kia a thought prior to this car show. The Optima had a very European & chiseled look. I knew I loved how it looked, including the trunk space. However, I wasn't sure about price nor performance. I checked out the sticker price and to my amazement, the Optima was cheaper than many of the basic cars plus it had all the luxury features of cars that cost $5K-$10K more!!!! I went in for a test drive at a local dealership and I was impressed with how well it handled as well as the turbo 274 horsepower!!! I could not only get great gas mileage when I decided to be cost effective but I could also punch it if I need the extra power or for fun. I continued to do my due diligence for several months. All the car reviews had nothing but great things to say. I decided to pull the trigger and I bought the 2012 Optima SX last week. I am truly in awe of this magnificent work of art. I have "raced" a few other higher end luxury cars and they have all been surprised with how I can keep up and even beat them as well as looking good doing it. They are surprised how much power this car has. I have the same quality car they do with $10K still left in the bank! I also like the fact that Optima has a very fresh look and it isn't saturated in the market like other cars that now just look uninspired and boring. You get the most bang for your hard-earned buck with this car. Great job Kia! Highly recommended!
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Happy then Sad

by from Rio Rancho, NM on December 9, 2012

I bought my new car thinking that I had a winner. Then, 600 miles later I knew that I had a lemon. At 600 miles the brake warning indicator illuminated. I immediately took it to the dealership and the...
I bought my new car thinking that I had a winner. Then, 600 miles later I knew that I had a lemon. At 600 miles the brake warning indicator illuminated. I immediately took it to the dealership and they could find nothing wrong with it except the brake warning indicator was on. This continued to happen every couple hundred miles. It has been into the dealership six different times for the problem; where they have reset the computer (even though no codes stored) replaced the parking brake switch, replaced the brake boost pump (3 times now) and replaced the vacumm pump. The problem remains to this day. I contacted KIA global who sent me back to KIA regional who have stalled me for months. I am still waiting on an appointment for a supposed expert to look at my car. I now have 7,000 miles on my car and it continues to have brake issues. During one of the failures I had to brake especially hard and had no anti-lock braking. The brakes locked up and the car started to fishtail to the left almost causing an accident; although I did have brakes. Along with the brakes you have to factor in the steering issues. The KIA Optima has electric power steering and unlike hydraulic power steering the electric has to be continuously corrected while driving. This continuous correcting leads to hand fatigue after minimal driving. It is okay for around the town driving, but get out on the highway for an hour and your hands will start to cramp up. For all of those interested you can find information on the steering and brake issues at the National Highway and Traffic Safety website. In conclusion: I would really like to recommend this car, but the brake problems, steering issues and the lack of customer support speak volumes on the likelihood of reoccurence for future customers. KIA has to make some improvements to the car and their services before I can recommend it.
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Loved 1st Kia Optima SO bought a 2nd Kia Optima

by from Marysville, WA on December 31, 2011

Just received the 2012 Optima EX GDI as a Christmas present to replace my 2002 Optima SE. I loved my old Optima but the 2012 Optima is definitely an upgrade. From the heated seats & steering wheel to ...
Just received the 2012 Optima EX GDI as a Christmas present to replace my 2002 Optima SE. I loved my old Optima but the 2012 Optima is definitely an upgrade. From the heated seats & steering wheel to the Navigation System I'm really in love! It's a very classy looking car on the road. People make the assumption it's a more expensive car & are really surprised to find out it's not. Having been a Kia owner for 10 years, I'm very pleased with the maintenance history of the Kia versus other cars that I have owned.
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I traded in my Acura

by from Atlanta, Ga on December 27, 2011

I just purchased the SX TurboCharged and I love it. I traded in my Acura and feel like I have upgraded. I was very surprised in Kia and never thought their cars would drive, look and ride like they do...
I just purchased the SX TurboCharged and I love it. I traded in my Acura and feel like I have upgraded. I was very surprised in Kia and never thought their cars would drive, look and ride like they do. I love the navigation, handsfree, large sunroof and moonroof and push start. excellent for the money!
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LOVE my new Kia Optima SX

by from San Diego, CA on May 22, 2012

Admittedly, I've only had my new Kia Optima SX Turbo for 5 days, but I am in love with this car already! It's fast, it's economical (well, it was today when I finally took my lead foot off the gas), a...
Admittedly, I've only had my new Kia Optima SX Turbo for 5 days, but I am in love with this car already! It's fast, it's economical (well, it was today when I finally took my lead foot off the gas), and it's every bit the head-turner as a new "X, Y or Z" at WAY less cost. LOVE the air-conditioned seats, the quiet and steady ride. This 4 cylinder turbo-charged car has as much power as my truck, which is a V8.
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2012 Optima Hybrid has it all

by from Denver, CO on June 2, 2012

The first week driving my Kia Optima Hybrid, in black with convenience package and leather. From doing a LOT of reading online in the past 2 weeks before buying, I am not disappointed. 1. Regarding po...
The first week driving my Kia Optima Hybrid, in black with convenience package and leather. From doing a LOT of reading online in the past 2 weeks before buying, I am not disappointed. 1. Regarding poor reviews of the "uncomfortable seat": Leather seats feel much better than the cloth version. Perhaps not as luxurious as some competitors, but perfectly satisfactory after some detailed adjustments for height, lumbar support, thigh angle, etc. 2. Regarding mixed reviews of the gas mileage, my current average is 38.3 according to the onboard MPG calculator; almost all reviews I read indicated that the calculation at-the-pump is perhaps 1-2 mpg lower than this. I will find out in a week or so when the tank runs down. have driven over 280 miles this week, and still 2/3 tank left. Amazing. Would have been filling up tomorrow, if it were my outback. Driving 1/3 city, 2/3 freeway. 3. Regarding acceleration; very zoomy. Also test-drove the turbo version; ok, so not that zoomy, but plenty for me as i trade up from a decade-old vehicle. 4. Regarding its looks: I've had a couple folks stop me in the parking lot and ask how I like the car. I enjoy telling them about it; love its looks. The black is spectacular. And, so glad I did not choose the technically comparable (and perhaps slightly better) 2012 Camry hybrid; really bland styling, and the stat that I read that got me (and rang true): the average Camry buyer is 65. Moreover, I enjoy driving a car almost no one has on the road--This good review from me notwithstanding, please don't all go out and get one.
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Best Bang for your Buck

by from Fort Lauderdale, Fl on November 16, 2011

This car is fully loaded... with options that would cost you in upwards of $10,000 if these came in a Lexus or BMW. Kia has really improved.
This car is fully loaded... with options that would cost you in upwards of $10,000 if these came in a Lexus or BMW. Kia has really improved.
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