2012 Kia Optima Consumer Review: No Spare Tire!!

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No Spare Tire!!
By alanbala on


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


My wife and I had to purchase a new car, after our less than two year old car was totaled.
After ruling out several cars, we decided we really liked the 2013 Kia Optima EX with the Premium Package.
We got a really good price considering it is a 2013 model, and as we were settling on the sale, we discovered the car comes with NO SPARE TIRE!!.
Instead, you get some kind of hinky tire inflation kit good for one use.
We bought the car anyway.
Now we have to go out and buy a space saver spare, a jack and a lug wrench.
The jack and lug wrench are easy to find.
Not so the spare. Chevy started this stupid trend.
it's a shame all the other manufacturers are following suit.

Best Features

Nice ride, and handles well. Like UVO along with HD radio, as well as Smart key system. Comfortable seats (big improvement over 2011 and 2012 models). Upscale look inside and out.

Worst Features

Spare tire, spare tire, spare tire!!!
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By siggie1
on 07/03/12 03:11 AM (PDT)

The spare tire kit with jack, lug wrench, wheel, tire and tool organizer is available from Kia. You can google ' kia optima spare tire 17" ' and find it from online dealers. My dealer's parts department has the kit. The tire has to be mounted on the wheel and balanced.

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By mrvega
on 06/30/12 08:29 AM (PDT)

Enjoy your new car... Question, do you know what changes, if any, were done to the 2013.. Any new colors, new features, revised lights?

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By alanbala
on 06/28/12 19:33 PM (PDT)

The paint looks fine.

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By willj69
on 06/28/12 11:42 AM (PDT)

Have they improved the paint process on the 2013 models? Prior they were just using two clearcoats and not enough baking time thus leaving orange swirls. This leaves the car vulnable to chips.

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By alanbala
on 07/03/12 09:32 AM (PDT)

I don't know if there are any equipment changes or not. The colors appear to be the same. All I know is the seats are way better than they were back in 2011 when we were considering Kia among six other cars. The seats (hard as rocks) and the road noise knocked Kia off the list. The 2013 EX has very comfortable seats, and is much quieter inside. We purchased a spare tire kit from the dealer and the purchase, assembly and installation in the trunk cost about $210 with tax. Even with this added cost, we paid a competitive or better price for the car.

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