2012 Kia Optima Hybrid
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My best car yet...

by from Upstate, NY on February 6, 2015

The only car I have liked in 25 yrs of driving other than this one is Honda Accord. I have owned my car for 3 years, and I still love it. Normally I'd be trading it in now. Most hybrid cars cost WAY m...
The only car I have liked in 25 yrs of driving other than this one is Honda Accord. I have owned my car for 3 years, and I still love it. Normally I'd be trading it in now. Most hybrid cars cost WAY more than the optima. No, I do not get 40mpg unless I am driving the exact speed limit. I normally drive 5 mi over. However, most hybrids don't sit 5 adults comfortably. The car is very roomy, even in the back seat. I frequently drive long trips, over 100 mi, and I get 37 to 40 mpg doing the speed limit. If I do 80 mi per hr, I only get 32...that is to be expected. I have had no issues with my car whatsoever, I might also add that I have 57,000 mi on my car now, and am just needing new tires :0). My car is fully loaded, I love the sunroof, gps, and deffinately the heated seats front and back. The trunk size is large, and I don't feel I have lost ANY space to the batteries.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Car has broken down twice

by from Dallas, TX on November 16, 2016

I am a teenager and this is my parents' car that they bought for me and my brother to share, so I really don't have a right to complain; however, I shall. First off, I pay for my own gas, and it is di...
I am a teenager and this is my parents' car that they bought for me and my brother to share, so I really don't have a right to complain; however, I shall. First off, I pay for my own gas, and it is difficult to keep the gas mileage over about 27 mpg. My brother is a lead food, and gets about 23. Right now, I am getting about 34 which is quite good, but that comes with mighty effort. Secondly, it is sluggish. I must turn traction control off for it to respond in due time. If there is need to move quickly, I can floor the car and it won't respond for a good three seconds which can be quite scary. I have also been stranded twice by the car. Luckily I have roadside assistance, and the transmission has been under warranty both times. What inspired this review is that now, it is driving funny once again like it did before it broke down the two other times, and my only theory is that something in its computer systems puts some unwarranted stress on the transmission or something. Lastly, the headlights are so dim it's like I'm driving with two candles in front of my car, the radio is quite fuzzy and the stereo is not that good when using AUX or bluetooth. On the plus side, it is a good looking car and the steering and brakes are amazing. Now, I know that teens are supposed to have clunkers, but it is technically my parents' car that they so graciously let me use. Therefore, I am holding it up to the standards of a family car that is expected to be reliable especially given its age.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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It's a Head Turner

by from Dallas, TX on May 9, 2012

I absolutely love my new car. I drive over 40 miles each way to work and am averaging 40+ mpg. Unlike most hybrids, the Kia actually gets better mileage on the highway, than it does in the city. With ...
I absolutely love my new car. I drive over 40 miles each way to work and am averaging 40+ mpg. Unlike most hybrids, the Kia actually gets better mileage on the highway, than it does in the city. With the current price of gas, I am saving enough each month to make half of my car payment. The car is a real head turner, I've gotten lots of complements on it. I absolutely love the backup camera. I am still learning all of the features of UVO. I have loaded some of my music into the jukebox and I always have music I like to listen to. My only regret is that I didn't get the heated steering wheel and seats.
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Does recommend this car!!

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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

by from Rochester NY on December 2, 2012

Very satisfied with car's performance and less trips to the gas station. Being tall I am limited to what is available and the Optima has both legroom and headroom (except with sunroof option, not purc...
Very satisfied with car's performance and less trips to the gas station. Being tall I am limited to what is available and the Optima has both legroom and headroom (except with sunroof option, not purchased). Car is very quiet in the city and has less road noise, then other comparable vehicles, I have driven, on the highway. I am also impressed with interior design and dashboard layout. The backup camera is a big plus. The only negative aspect I have found is reduced trunk space, which is two thirds of a regular Optima. However, we are able to fit two full size suitcases and two carryons into it with a little room to spare.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Best Car ive owned!

by from Montpelier VT on November 13, 2013

Had a wonderful experience purchasing this car. The salesman (Sean McCarthy) was terrific. I came in very late around 7:00pm and he sat down with me and answered all my questions..we test drove it and...
Had a wonderful experience purchasing this car. The salesman (Sean McCarthy) was terrific. I came in very late around 7:00pm and he sat down with me and answered all my questions..we test drove it and overall he was just wonderful, very enthusatic and outgoing. This car runs amazing, gas millage is great. My favorite thing car is the panaramic window. I love the back up camra. I get excited just to drive my car to work!
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Does recommend this car!!

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First car I've purchased for the high fuel economy

by from Washington, D.C. on March 31, 2012

Just purchased Optima Hybrid (OH). In my 33 years of driving and buying vehicles, this is the very first time I've researched and purchased for HIGH miles per gallon. Most of my other vehicles are tru...
Just purchased Optima Hybrid (OH). In my 33 years of driving and buying vehicles, this is the very first time I've researched and purchased for HIGH miles per gallon. Most of my other vehicles are trucks and SUVs. I'm looking forward to $aving ga$ money and enjoying a "car" ride for a change! It looks and drives great so far and has just about everything you could want in conveniences/comforts with the Premium Tech Package.
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Does recommend this car!!

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It's so impressed me, I bought two

by from Granbury, TX on January 22, 2013

Compared to the regular Optima I would say that it performs like a sports car and large enough for a family. The styling is up there with the high dollar ones with the price of a working person buget....
Compared to the regular Optima I would say that it performs like a sports car and large enough for a family. The styling is up there with the high dollar ones with the price of a working person buget. I'm totally impressed by the Optima's looks and the Hybrid goes beyond that, handles and feels super great. For the money I can't see anyone beating it in style, mpg, handle, size and price. Michael W., Granbury, TX
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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Kia Hybrid Meets and Exceeds My Expectations

by from Thomaston, GA on December 4, 2014

My husband and I purchased a Hybrid Kia this year and now have the best car we have ever owned! (Rivertown Ford, Danny Arencibia salesman). We get excellent mileage (average 42 mpg) and that is a goo...
My husband and I purchased a Hybrid Kia this year and now have the best car we have ever owned! (Rivertown Ford, Danny Arencibia salesman). We get excellent mileage (average 42 mpg) and that is a good things as we commute 100 miles every weekday. This model (2012) is full of features to help you save money and well worth the price we paid.
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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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Inherent Flaw

by from Long Island NY on December 15, 2015

We loved this car at first - great styling, comfortable, etc. But at about 35,000 miles we started getting "hybrid system warning" messages and "check charging system" messages - instructing us to sto...
We loved this car at first - great styling, comfortable, etc. But at about 35,000 miles we started getting "hybrid system warning" messages and "check charging system" messages - instructing us to stop driving the car. The dealer has been unable to solve this problem - the 4th time the car was there they replaced the entire transmission (1 1/2 months ago). And just the other day, we had this problem again. We believe that there is an inherent flaw in this car. If you google it, other people have the same experience with this car.
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Does not recommend this car

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