2012 Kia Optima Consumer Review: My 2012 Kia Optima

2012 Kia Optima - Consumer Review

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EX Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)

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My 2012 Kia Optima
By kirk700 on


2012 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


I've put 4000 miles my Optima, there are a few minor irritations and one let down.
1st the car comes with one smart key.
All new cars come with a 2 keys.
An additional key is $200.00.
2nd, getting out of the car while its running the car beeps at you like you are doing something morally wrong.
3rd and not so minor, the Nav system is terrible.
My 4 year old TomTom that has never been upgraded is much better.
Last minor irritation: Can't turn the radio off when the car is in reverse.
Now for the let down: the MPG comes no where close to the advertized MPG.
Best I've recorded is 28 MPG and that was all Highway.
The on-board MPG readout of ave. MPG is 2 to 4 mpg optimistic.

Best Features

Infinity Stereo is great. Heated and Ventalated leather seats are great. Heated steering wheel is nice, Front/Rear Moon/Sunroof is awesome. Dual heat controls are nice. Exterior appearence is on par with cars costing twice as much.

Worst Features

Nav System is difficult to use and understand. Should be more like TomTom or Garmin. Smart Key should not make car hold a prolonged beep if driver walks away from the car while running. This is necessary in Michigan winters. A bit more sound proffing from road noise would be nice. Engine is a bit buzzy. Post real MPG on the window sticker!
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By lovemykia3
on 02/05/12 07:14 AM (PST)

Just so you know, I have a Infiniti m35x with a 52 K price tag. When the car is in reverse you are unable to to do any adjustments to the heat controls, radio etc. The screen is showing you what is going on in the rear of the automobile. And besides how long are you backingup for that this is an issue. Regrding the Nav, Kia has the best Nav system available on its cars ont he market today...Check out Cnet review of the optima.

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By dankocke
on 12/22/11 06:25 AM (PST)

I just bought a 2012 EX and it came with 2 Key Fobs. You got Had by your dealer. I would contact Kia coroporate and tell them your story.

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By nccarowner
on 09/09/12 10:12 AM (PDT)

I have talked to other owners and they aren't getting close to the advertised mpg either. The car looks nice but so can people who lie to you.

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By acerava
on 01/29/12 21:01 PM (PST)

haha ACTUALLY the second key is in the glove compartment in your Manuel. I too thought it was weird it made that buzzing sound locking the door. but thats actually the warning sound saying your key is still in the car. The dealers really need to tell their customers that though.

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