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The 2012 Kia Optima front-wheel drive sedan is available in three trim levels and choice of two four-cylinder engines, providing drivers with a turbocharged option for more power behind the wheel without sacrificing good fuel economy.

Kia offers a standard 200-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine for the Optima, and pairs it with a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual mode. The available 274-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine adds power comparable to a V-6. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters area available in the SX model.

Both engines get high marks for fuel economy, with the 2.4-liter engine rated at 24 mpg in the cit and 35 mpg on the highway, and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine rated at 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

The five-seat Optima comes equipped with driver and front-passenger bucket seats and a rear 60/40 split-folding bench seat. Cloth upholstery is standard fare for the base model, and upgraded models include leather upholstery or sport-cloth/leather trim. Heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats are available, as are a heated rear seats. The audio system includes AM/FM/CD/MP3, SiriusXM radio, USB, and auxiliary input jacks, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and six speakers, and can be upgraded to a premium audio system with eight-speakers. HD radio is also available, as is a Microsoft-powered infotainment system called Uvo. Bluetooth® connectivity, cruise control, power windows and doors, and keyless entry are all standard features. An optional navigation system includes SiriusXM Traffic and rear camera display.

The Optima’s styling suggests luxury with creased sheet metal, sleek lines, and chrome finishes. The front black grille is outlined in chrome, and chrome details frame the windows, and accent the doors and dual exhaust tips. Front fog lights are standard and integrate into the lower front fascia. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are included in the base model, and 17-inch alloy wheels are available on upgraded models. The SX comes standard with 18-inch alloy sport wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, sculpted front and rear valence, side sills and rear-lip spoiler, and the wheels can be upgraded to 18-inch alloy luxury design. A panoramic tilt/sliding sunroof is available on the EX, EX Turbo, and SX models.

Standard safety features include dual front, front seat-mounted side, and full-length side curtain airbags, an impact-absorbing steering column, front and rear crumple zones, and side-impact door beams provide occupant safety in the event of a collision. Also standard are vehicle stability management, electronic stability and traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, and hill-start assist control.

The 2012 Kia Optima’s competitive base price and generous standard features make it an excellent choice for a midsize sedan. The Optima’s available upgrades provide added style, power, and convenience, without the luxury sticker price.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 22 - 24 MPG
  • Highway: 34 - 35 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

122 of 137 (89%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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