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2012 Kia Optima EX

2012 Kia Optima Review

(0 Stars)  Power and price keep the competition on their toes.

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Overview
This sedan was all new for 2011 and hasn't seen many updates for the 2012 model year. Aside from a few optional features becoming standard on some trim levels, the Optima remains unchanged. That's not a bad thing, though. Exterior styling has not been touched, thankfully. Bold lines and sporty proportions give the Kia four-door a whole lot of curb appeal at a price that isn't going to keep your kids from going to college someday. The Optima is based on the Hyundai Sonata, but the two cars share no exterior body panels. Using the same running gear as the Sonata, the base engine for the Optima is a 198-hp direct-injected four-cylinder. A 274-hp turbocharged in-line four and a hybrid-drive model round out the power choices. The hybrid gets excellent fuel economy, as expected, but this isn't the most polished hybrid system in the segment. The base engine, actually, gets very good fuel economy, and the turbo adds lots of power without much of a fuel economy penalty. This latest Optima has little to do with the milquetoast Optima sedans that came before. The current version is larger and rides on a longer wheelbase that frees up an additional 2.9 inches of legroom. Available high-end features include heated seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, and a 500-watt Infinity sound system. The 2012 Optima will be built in Kia's plant in West Point, Georgia, alongside the Sorento. Optima hybrids, however, will still be imported from Korea.

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2012 Optima EX Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 22 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, 26 MPG combined and 481 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 274 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 269 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm

'12 Kia EX Reviews

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'12 Kia EX Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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