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You get what you pay for
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By giantsfan58
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2012 Kia Optima Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


Review

I bought a fully loaded 2012 Optima EX in Feb. 2012.
I noticed soon after buying it that the leg room is very tight.
My leg was constantly jammed up against the speaker in the driver's door.
The seats are sharply molded and hard.
The transmission went out at 13,000 miles.
Recently, I noticed an issue with the steering.
While driving down the freeway, the car would begin drifting right or left.
When you go to correct it, there is a "catch" in the electronic steering.
If you do a search for this you will see many others have had this problem.
The real world MPG is nowhere near what thet advertise.
This car has a ton of bells and whistles and is great looking, but buyer beware.


Best Features

Heated and cooled seats. Folding mirrors. Beautiful exterior looks.


Worst Features

More comfortable seats. Better MPG. Fix the problem with the steering. Make the passenger seat height adjustable so you don't feel like you are sitting in a pit.


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Good car good mpg
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By cde5151
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2012 Kia Optima Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


Review

A great looking car with good mpg, lots of standard features, fairly good ride, average 31.7 mpg so far, 30% city 70% hwy driving. Nexen tires are average at best


Best Features

Style/ design, balance of power and mpg,amount of standard features


Worst Features

bigger seats (I am 6'2)


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GOOD CAR AND MPG
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By cde5151
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2012 Kia Optima Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


Review

Had the optima 1 month, have put on a 1000 miles, has total of 21432 miles now. comfort fairly good, I am 6'2. I think the car looks great. Can fit 4 adults, 5 would be a tight fit. A lot of talk about poor mpg. I drive 40 miles a day. 30 miles on hwy and 10 a day in the city(Lawrence, Ks.)I average 32 mpg so far. So no complaints here,,,...


Best Features

Style, standard features,balance of power and mpg


Worst Features

seats a little bigger


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Wish I Wouldn't Have Leased So I could Sell It!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By bjk2
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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.


Best Features

Everything else about this car is great! I'm 6'4" & it has plenty of room.


Worst Features

MPG MPG MPG MPG MPG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Decent car for the Money - Wish MPG was better
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By soxfan99
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2012 Kia Optima Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


Review

Leased car in April 2012. Wanted to give the car a few months of driving before writing a review. Rides and handles great. Great tech options. Build quaility is what you would expect in the price range - It's a 21,000 car(25,800 list) - that being said, you can tell where they cut back. Door handles are one example.
As far as the stated MPG, have put 11,000 miles of combined driving, never have gotten above 23-24 mpg. Long highway trips (with cruise) 31-32 mpg.
Eco or not does not matter. The dealer does know, they said, nothing they can do. Kia corporate only wants to "talk about it". I bet - now that they are giving fuel credits to some owners of other models.


Best Features

Bluetooth, "leather" seats, keyless ignition. Great sized trunk. Head room, leg room.


Worst Features

More realistic gas mileage numbers. Have not met another Optima owner locally who is averaging 26+ with combined driving. In fact, that is usually the first question asked. Take a look at the small details, door handles, console arm rest. Hollow sound when you close the door, or trunk


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