2012 Kia Optima Hybrid
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Bought used as a first car for teenage son.

by from Wichita Kansas on August 15, 2017

Fuel economy, reliability, total cost of ownership. Very pleased at this point of ownership! Perfect car for current needs!
Fuel economy, reliability, total cost of ownership. Very pleased at this point of ownership! Perfect car for current needs!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Keep improvement Kia

by from Oakland CA on July 6, 2017

Some lick noise from the power sterling made it uncomfortable...after 30k the noise starts to lock. And dealer not recommended to fit it...Didn't hold the value much but overall fuel efficiency 500+ m...
Some lick noise from the power sterling made it uncomfortable...after 30k the noise starts to lock. And dealer not recommended to fit it...Didn't hold the value much but overall fuel efficiency 500+ miles per tank
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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One of the best Hybrids for the price

by from New Orleans, LA on June 29, 2017

This is a great car, not only in looks but performance. It's definitely one of the best looking hybrids on the road right now. It's also great because I use it for commuting to and from work which is ...
This is a great car, not only in looks but performance. It's definitely one of the best looking hybrids on the road right now. It's also great because I use it for commuting to and from work which is about an hour each way; I consistently get anywhere from 35-40 miles per gallon! Overall very good and reliable car, highly recommend.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Not buying another one transmission

by from Manassasa on June 13, 2017

It ok I wasn't but another transmission fix it giving me trouble again did they really fix it null she going too take in a gain wow
It ok I wasn't but another transmission fix it giving me trouble again did they really fix it null she going too take in a gain wow
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Love the mix

by from Midlothian TX on May 18, 2017

I love the mix of luxury and frugality. It is a very comfortable car with lots of amenities. Kia does have a bit of a problem finding issues when you report it though. I had a steering issue that when...
I love the mix of luxury and frugality. It is a very comfortable car with lots of amenities. Kia does have a bit of a problem finding issues when you report it though. I had a steering issue that when you are driving at highway speeds the steering would stick and then let go and become very easy. They did fix it by replacing the electric steering controller and the electric pump.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Super Clean!!!

by from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2017

Astonished on how Well Kept and Clean my car was upon delivery!! No One believed it was a 2012!! The site does no real Justice!! Seeing is Believing!!! Still Amazed a as well as Excited!! Enjoying My ...
Astonished on how Well Kept and Clean my car was upon delivery!! No One believed it was a 2012!! The site does no real Justice!! Seeing is Believing!!! Still Amazed a as well as Excited!! Enjoying My Car... Thanks Carvana!! Spread the Word!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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2012 Kia Optima hybrid

by from on April 21, 2017

Have trouble with it bogging down. Start to pull out and no power. Then we were on a trip just got off interstate when code said check brake no power motor still running coasted off to side of road. ...
Have trouble with it bogging down. Start to pull out and no power. Then we were on a trip just got off interstate when code said check brake no power motor still running coasted off to side of road. Then code said check hybrid brake stripe had to have towed. towed to a Kia dealer they had to call main Kia to find out what to do. We had an extended warenty they sent a representative to see if covered. He said wait for it to happen again. Does that mean it cuts out with no power because brake thinks it's on. And next time we may not be so lucky .
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Best Hybrid Cars I've seen and has so far....

by from Laurel, MD on April 20, 2017

Best car for its value. I don't think you will ever find another car comparable to this car from other companies that offers the same services and warranties as this car. The hybrid technology in this...
Best car for its value. I don't think you will ever find another car comparable to this car from other companies that offers the same services and warranties as this car. The hybrid technology in this car helped save a lot of money for me and I have not seen any hinderance in performance since the time i first got it. The standard technology that comes with this car is worth it. I'm surprised to see that other car companies don't offer some of the equipment as standard features in their cars and for us to get the same standard features that KIA offers from other companies, we have to spend a lot more. I enjoy driving this car and all I've done so far is fill gas and done the regular maintenance. It drives smooth, looks sporty, performs really well and cheap to maintain. You won't regret buying this car.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Great car

by from on April 12, 2017

Great car mechanically, a little lag when you "punch" it, but gets up to speed very quickly when passing. We did have the opportunity to drive it well over 100 mph across the salt flats, and the ride ...
Great car mechanically, a little lag when you "punch" it, but gets up to speed very quickly when passing. We did have the opportunity to drive it well over 100 mph across the salt flats, and the ride was smooth as glass, effortless, much better then my BMW 318 was on the autobahn. We have never had a mechanical problem, well over 90,000 miles. The body is another matter. The front of the car leaves a LOT to be desired. The front clip has had to be replaced when hitting something as small as a cat (we live in a small town and commute 20 miles to work) We are on #5. The down side (in my opinion) to the interior is the placement of the front speakers, right where my knee rests agains the door, and I am not all that happy about sitting in the cockpit of a fighter aircraft (I worked on F16's for 16 yrs). The back seat has loads of leg room, and if it wasn't in the back seat I would sit there instead.
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Purchased a new car

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Does recommend this car!!

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Great Look, Horrible MPG for a Hybrid

by from Washington DC on February 12, 2017

This car looks sharp. The styling inside and out is excellent. Overall, the quality of the car is also excellent. I have had the car for 5 years and have not had any mechanical problems with it. F...
This car looks sharp. The styling inside and out is excellent. Overall, the quality of the car is also excellent. I have had the car for 5 years and have not had any mechanical problems with it. For a hybrid, however, the gas mileage is horrible. I average 18 MPG in city driving, and am lucky to get in the high 20s (say, 27, 28 MPG) on the highway. I once asked the dealership if there were any adjustments to be made and they said no, it's all pre-programmed and controlled by the computer. So, I am not impressed with Kia's hybrid technology, for sure. I would not recommend this car in the hybrid model, but definitely for the styling, get the non-hybrid car.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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