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Hands down the BEST car I have ever owned
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By Beth
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2012 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


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I bought this car in 2013 when it was a year old and it had 13xxx miles on it. I did exhaustive research before buying and the Optima stood out for safety, satisfaction, price, and options. The styling is what drew me in, it is just an attractive, slightly sporty looking car. And I drive a LOT. I have a weekly commute to work of 450 miles, plus I like to get out on the weekends, so the miles just sort of racked up. In five years, I had one battery change, two tire purchases, and countless regular oil changes. That's it. No really--that is it. I added about 135,000 miles to this car with really zero repairs. Just last week (over five years later), I was hit head on and my sweet Kia was totalled. I am not digging the design changes for the newer (17-18) models, so I am doing exhaustive research again. I'm also considering finding another 2012, it was that great. The features you get for the price are unbeatable, it's zippy to drive, and comfortable for road trips. The trunk is unbelievably huge. Best car ever.


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


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Excellent car. Very reliable.


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Great car bad steering.
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By James
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2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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Took two years to fix a bad steering module that is still like having no power steering at all.


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Smooth Sailing!
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By Kool
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2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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I have owned nothing but two vehicles since I entered adulthood after owning a 2004 Chrysler Sebring sedan (2.7L) that had mediocre reliability with the exception of consistently oil leaks, ignition coil number 6, and air conditioning issues, as well as ball joint noises, and squealing brakes -- oh! the driver side window motor was blown, so I had gotten fed up and I saw a Kia Optima EX Turbo on my dealership's lot dressed in Snow White Pearl, with a panoramic glass roof with the black gloss inserts that looked stunning! Ever since a family member rented a Kia Optima LX, I knew from the start I wanted an Optima. And I was blessed enough to purchase that Optima EX Turbo and fell in love with the creature comforts of having climate control seats for either season of the year - summer or winter - as well as rear heated seats for my rear occupants. How lovely! I also enjoyed the heated steering wheel and the Infinity high-definition audio sound system. Among other things, the power folding mirrors are a huge help, turning into a tight parking spot, or entering an automated car wash. The 2.0T moves the sedan like a six-cylinder engine while delivering 4-cylinder fuel economy, but it could be a bit better with an ounce of turbo lag, as well. With all things, there are some ups and downs, and they are the steering wheel persistent issues with the coupling that caused the steering to make a "clicking noise when maneuvering left or right" that was fixed under warranty from Kia Motor Corporation; moreover, I had my clock spring replaced (out of warranty), that ceased my horn, and caused my airbag light to illuminate, and I had to replace my car battery at 60k miles because it had a dead cell; and I had to replace my multi-functional fog lamp switch to regain function to reoperate my fog lamps. Also, the Infinity sound system sounds phenomenal, but it also causes excessive vibration and noise from the cheap panels in doors and headliner that will make it unpleasant at times. The leatherette on the steering wheel is peeling excessively, even at the time of purchase, and the leather seats are easy to rip and cut. All and all, I think this Kia has been reliable, but I don't want to speak too fast because I always go back on my word or at least sometimes.


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Awsome Car!
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By Derik
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2012 Kia Optima EX Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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I am 6'6 and I still have plenty of room. I admit I have to tilt the seat back a bit. But in this car it feels right to tilt it back anyway. The get up and go is great! I have never had an issue with this car. I bought it new. It now has.99,000 miles. I do take good care of it and service every 5k. The only minor problem I had was when the floor was getting wet and found out it was a plugged hose from the a/c system. Was a 10 minute fix. I can't say I've ever had better luck with any other vehicle. Great gas mileage!


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