I bought a new 2012 Kia Optima LX in Snow White Pearl back in May 2012.
Originally I had an issue with the driver's seat not being very comfortable.
(I didn't notice this in the short test drive.)
In the 9 months I've owned it, my butt seems to have gotten used to it.
The acceleration is great!
So good that if the roads are slick, I have to put it in ECO mode so the tires don't slip.
This may also says something about the OEM Nexen tires.
I haven't been driving much so far- only 4700 miles.
(Try to walk/bike as much as I can).
MPG per tank is 22-27 with an avg 24.5 .
As expected, mileage is lower in the cold winter months.
No long trips yet - can't wait to see what I'll get then!
I like the dash layout, the computer functions, the manual auto shift pattern, reasonably sized trunk, impressive pickup, styling, electric steering, handling, USB port (where I have my music on a 16GB stick), and Bluetooth w/cell phone connection.
As mentioned by others: passenger seat is too low; a manual elevation pumpup would be an inexpensive and appreciated feature.
Quality control could have been better since the driver's door needed to be adjusted for fit at the dealer.
The lighter sheet metal makes the interior somewhat noisy when driving in the rain puddles.
I wish it had a space saver spare.
I got the beige cloth interior; it's very light, too light!
I wish I had gotten the gray cloth.
It would be nice if the "random" song feature would remain set. A 12V plug for the rear seat would be nice.