2012 Kia Optima Consumer Review: First LX Manual Review

2012 Kia Optima - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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First LX Manual Review
By trusko on


2012 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M)


I owned 1997 Acura Integra GS-R for 13 years and it was time to say good buy. With 3 kids and two of them playing hockey I was looking for a car that I can drive to work on daily basis and it can still fit two hockey bags. Optima handling is quite impressive, engine is very responsive. I like driving manual transmission and was quite impressed with Optima's responsiveness. I had to go with LX base since this was the only model that comes with manual. However, car is already loaded with all options I really wanted so no big deal. Gas mileage is pretty good - I am averaging 8.5L/100KM (mixed 50% highway), gets better on highway I could easily get 7L/100km.

Best Features

BlueTooth, steering wheel controls, trunk size, 6 speed manual transmission, hill assist (car engages brake for you when moving uphill from complete stop), looks great, roomy, gas mileage

Worst Features

- more options to choose from when selecting manual transmission - track MPG for individual trips A and B
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