2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Consumer Reviews

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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid
3.9
Average based on 32 reviews
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Nice, but not the gas mileage Kia claims

by from Denver, Colorado on July 30, 2012

We have owned the Kia hybrid for three months and although it is a nice car, it does not get extraordinary gas mileage. We consistently get between 30-32 mpg. Not bad, but not as advertised or promise...
We have owned the Kia hybrid for three months and although it is a nice car, it does not get extraordinary gas mileage. We consistently get between 30-32 mpg. Not bad, but not as advertised or promised.
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A Lotta of Car

by from Middle of the Mitt (Michigan) on April 12, 2013

Purchased this auto via the net three weeks ago. Could not find a 2012 hybrid in Michigan. Settled on a Dealer in Virgina. They were great to work with. I flew out and picked up my ride. Through I had...
Purchased this auto via the net three weeks ago. Could not find a 2012 hybrid in Michigan. Settled on a Dealer in Virgina. They were great to work with. I flew out and picked up my ride. Through I had test drove one 7 months ago in my area, I was a little overwhelmed by the vast array of features that this vehicle has. So I found there is somewhat of a learning curve with this vehicle for me anyways. Still learning how to use today's technologies to the fullest. The ride is nice trough rough on unpaved roads. The ride back from Virgina yielded 33 mpg. Had cold weather and a strong head wind. With 4 fills since, I'm getting 35-36 mpg. 30% city 70% highway. Not bad for a 4800lb car. I'm told it should get better when weather warms up. cold and wind certainly affects this vehicle mpg. Some have complained of unsafe or vehicle unresponsive when pulling out in traffic. Have not found that to be true for me. I've yet to turn off the eco feature but would if I felt unsafe in the city. Also no complaints here about sudden or jerky shifting when accelerating. Gave a 4 * to reliability as I''ve not owned long enough to judge reliability. Time will tell. I'm enjoying this car.
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Pretty Darned Good Car

by from Central Massachusetts on May 10, 2012

Both sexy AND great on gas (averaging 42 MPG), I really couldn’t be happier with my 1 week old new car. There is some ‘clunking’ when transitioning between engine types – but not that bad - and certai...
Both sexy AND great on gas (averaging 42 MPG), I really couldn’t be happier with my 1 week old new car. There is some ‘clunking’ when transitioning between engine types – but not that bad - and certainly not enough to detract from the product overall as some of the criticisms I've read seem to indicate. Simply astounded at the features that come standard. Recommend the 'Convenience' option package as it has the UVO / Sat. radio and rear-looking camera display when in reverse. Still pinching myself that I got such a head-turning automobile past the wife's budget control armor. This occured because KIA's pricing is phenomenal! I got a cherry ride that barely sips the petrol for a price LESS than the current median new car cost! Worth a look if you can get one...
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POOR GAS MILEAGE

by from Phoenix, AZ on July 1, 2013

I'm very disappointed in my 2012 Optima hybrid mpg. City MPG average is 26 and highway is 32. I provided the dealer with 2 months of gas receipts and miles driven. The dealership said everything was w...
I'm very disappointed in my 2012 Optima hybrid mpg. City MPG average is 26 and highway is 32. I provided the dealer with 2 months of gas receipts and miles driven. The dealership said everything was working properly. There is no possible way to drive safely and reach the manufactures estimated MPG. I drive with traffic and not with lead foot. Next car will be Toyota Hybrid.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Great Styling Horrible Gas Mileage

by from Washington D.C. on July 15, 2013

I bought this car because I wanted a sleek looking vehicle, but one that got better gas mileage than my former car and wanted to be part of the hybrid revolution. I am very pleased with the styling; i...
I bought this car because I wanted a sleek looking vehicle, but one that got better gas mileage than my former car and wanted to be part of the hybrid revolution. I am very pleased with the styling; it is a great-looking car and the interior is also nicely done. I am almost six feet tall and I have no issues with space. As for the hybrid, however, the performance is - in my opinion - poor (horrible). I have not owned another brand hybrid so I can't compare. But, you could get much better gas mileage out of a four cylinder normal gas-drinker car. So, DO NOT buy this car for gas mileage. You have to want something "else" out of it (like styling and or "just to have a hybrid"). Also with the hybrid, you lose valuable trunk space; and the rear seats do not fold down, so your storage capacity is limited. Anyway, if you are a city commuter, don't consider this car. If you are driving more than 10 miles on roads that get you above 40 mph and do longer trips, then for the size and styling of this car, it might be worth it. But for short trips, the gas mileage is pathetic and you will just be frustrated. Even on long-distance trips (I drove it from coast to coast in December), the highway MPG never got to 40. If I were to do it over, I would probably go with a Toyota or Honda. For a city driver only, think about the Nissan Leaf or other electric car.
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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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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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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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Year Usage Report

by from Norther Virginia on April 27, 2013

Here is gas usage stat for 2012 Optima Hybrid. Optima Hybrid seems to get poor gas mileage when the weather is cold. This car does best when outside temp is around 60 F - 85 F and when you drive betwe...
Here is gas usage stat for 2012 Optima Hybrid. Optima Hybrid seems to get poor gas mileage when the weather is cold. This car does best when outside temp is around 60 F - 85 F and when you drive between 45mph to 60mph. Date Avg MPG Miles ECO Gas Filled Avg Speed Time Driven 17-Mar-12 34.8 491 16 14.68 30-Mar-12 37 496.1 38 14.302 13-Apr-12 36.2 483.2 52 13.981 01-May-12 37.6 516 73 14.772 30 17:10 22-May-12 36.4 528.5 99 14.526 28 18:18 08-Jun-12 37.3 470.5 122 12.114 28 16:33 22-Jun-12 36 432.2 135 13.025 30 14:03 24-Jul-12 35 454.9 153 13.273 28 15:48 03-Aug-12 38 442.3 173 12.354 29 14:56 25-Aug-12 37.5 462.2 195 12.998 29 15:40 22-Sep-12 37.4 481.7 213 14.72 29 16:14 23-Oct-12 37.9 513.7 237 13.817 28 17:50 20-Nov-12 37.4 510.7 258 14.961 34 14:56 27-Dec-12 35.7 470.7 276 13.261 30 15:28 06-Feb-13 31.9 416.1 285 14.169 28 14:22 01-Mar-13 32.9 449.9 295 13.61 29 15:28 17-Mar-13 34 378.3 304 12.454 29 12:52 28-Mar-13 36.2 331.6 308 9.481 51 6:25 04-Apr-13 35.3 465 311 14.361 54 8:32 27-Apr-13 36.8 447.2 325 11.4 28 15:37
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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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