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2012 Kia Optima Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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SX Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Ran great for 2 years and now problems
By yogi111 on 10/30/14 21:06 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

For the most part I love this car. If I keep it at 80 or under on the freeway it can get 31-33 mpg. City mpg around 22. The battery died one month after the warranty expired and my fuel pump just went out...luckily I got it to the shop before I was stranded and it is still under warranty.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
UPDATE: review 2012 Kia Optima SX
By cdh906 on 10/28/14 22:54 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

This is an update to my past review. I have 67,000 (2.5 yrs old) miles on my car- and I want to get rid of it now. I'm very disappointed in this car now. (I previously gave it 4 stars) but reliability trumps here. This car has now left me stranded in a parking lot twice because it wouldn't start. Stuck on the side of the freeway due to a failed fuel pump which is apparently common, but Kia won't pay for the replacement. Without a working turbo more than a few times. The leather is not real - and has started cracking despite meticulous care. Battery died at 2.25 yrs and this is also "the norm" for this car. Having to tow my 'new' car to the dealership on a flatbed was less than fun.
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12 SX Turbo
By sxturbo12 on 10/07/14 18:22 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

I have owned the 12 SX Turbo for about a week now. I just traded in a 10 Dodge Charger SXT 3.5 due to early trans failure :(. it killed me. However, i am LOVING the Optima SX TURBO.. very good MPG's for a turbo engine. I do about 90% city driving and I average about 25.5 MPG's. Going from a charger to an optima is quite a large jump but I couldn't be happier. I am still on my first tank of cause. With the calculations, I should end up with about 415-420 on this tank. I do not drive like a grandma either .. lol.
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Used To LOVE My 2012 Optima - Now I HATE It!
By imac7 on 06/19/13 14:14 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

2012 Optima looks great; however, on the first day after I bought it, I was driving on freeway (regular freeway speed) and I noticed intermittent wind noise coming in by the top of driver door. I hope it was something that could be fixed. Three dealer appointments (time wasted) one which was arranged by Kia Corporate their bottom line was "normal noise." I owned a Sentra, Accord, Maxima, Camry, and a Pathfinder (which am not counting) and NONE of the cars had this issue. Also, my MPG average is about 22 (Last tank - no change in driving conditions - I got 19+)... MPG was a major factor when I decided to buy this car.
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12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Good in some aspects, still lacking in a lot more
By orleans44 on 03/30/13 17:13 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

Traded my '09 TSX for a '12 Optima SX. While there are tons of nice standard features, like the heated and cooled seats, the turbo, the push button start and the panoramic sunroof, it's easy to tell the trade-offs Kia sacrificed to appease the value conscious consumer. If you're a true car person who pays attention to details and spends a decent amount of time in the car, spend a little more and get a car from a manufacturer who figures out the details. The car has great power. It will go when you want it to. The tires are the weak point and you find that out with wet pavement. The mileage is less than what mfr states on the sticker and on the "ave mpg" show in the dash.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Wish I Wouldn't Have Leased So I could Sell It!
By bjk2 on 01/09/13 20:30 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

If I had bought this car I could sell it & cut my losses on gas. Most everything is great about my 2013 Optima SXL 2.0 Turbo except that I average 16 mpg. No I don't drive it hard or fast. I get better mpg in my Chevy HD2500 4x4, 4gr, long bed diesel. If I was getting the advertised 22 mpg city I'd be happier. I hope there is such a thing a a break-in period to get the advertised mpg. I'd rather have my gutless 1.8L Toyota Matrix that gets great gas mileage at this point in time. The low ratings are all about the mpg.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Extremely Satisfied
By bambino3 on 10/28/12 19:39 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

I purchased this car new in November 2011 and now have just over 12,000 miles on it. It's been flawless so far. Not a single issue. Averaging 30mpg under all conditions. I can't say that about any of the previous Audi A4's I've owned--which were far more costly when comparing feature for feature. Great performance with the 2.0 turbo, plus excellent fuel economy for a sedan of this size--on regular unleaded.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great 4 door sports car
By david_h on 10/24/12 07:59 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

I had 3 Land Rovers in a row and was tired of 12 - 14 mpg fuel economy in the city. This Kia Rocks on mileage, I average 22- 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg or even higher on the highway. I live in Texas so it's very flat here and I'm sure that helps. At first I would do my own calculations for fuel economy bu ditched that after I realized dash computer was on the money. I have two children, both in car seats and there is plenty of room in the back seat for them. The doors open very wide so it's easy to get them in and out. I love all the features, the seats are comfortable, and the price is outstanding for all that you get. I got a loaded one for under $30k after lots of negotiation.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Really Fun To Drive
By mswhitfield on 08/15/12 19:23 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

2.5mths and almost 3k miles, I am still enjoying my Spicy Red Optima. (Midlife crisis? Maybe) After over 7yrs in a Chevy Equinox, off the showroom floor, that I soon came to loathe, that's an understatement. I had a Lexus in mind, but the SX blew me away. Kia has come a long way from their 'buy one get one free days'.
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Just OK
By soadokdls on 07/25/12 09:23 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2012 Kia Optima Sedan SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

I really like the way the car looks and some of the great features you would never get with a similar car but there are definitely things that I am not impressed with. The UVO system they have works well intermittantly and they claim the issues I have with the phone is bc I'm using my iPhone cable instead of their $40 cable which is total BS. Also, I had a 2010 Toyota Camry V6 prior to this so the HP is the same, but since the Kia is a 4 cylinder the power just isn't as good. Oh, and my insurance also doubled!!!! My insurance company claims the Kia's ISO rating is 30 and my Camry, which was $2k more, was a 16. How is that freakin possible?? Has anyone else experienced that?
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