2012 Kia Optima  -  $26,550

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $26,550
Base Invoice: $24,865
Destination Charge: $750
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Hybrid
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 36 | City: 34 | Hwy: 39
Body Style: 4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto Hybrid
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD, H-Matic
Engine: 2.4L DOHC MPI 16-valve I4 hybrid PZEV engine

Model News

Fog lights and SmartKey keyless entry are now standard on all Optimas. The two Communication and Entertainment system packages have been discontinued.


Stylish new design; roomy interior; excellent gas mileage, even with turbo; hybrid available; steering and handling; extensive standard features; strong resale value; long warranty

Model Highlights

The Optima was entirely new in 2011, and it comes back basically the same for 2012. The new model showcases a dramatic new design that's been led by Kia's new Soul and Forte small cars.

The Optima shows off the brand's new European-influenced style, with crisp but flowing lines and a chrome-tipped dual exhaust on all models. The new Optima comes in four trims: LX, EX, EX Hybrid, EX Turbo and SX. Both the LX and EX are powered by an all-new 2.4L direct-injected 4-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower. EX Turbo and SX models get a new direct-injected turbocharged 2.0L four making 274 horsepower. The base LX can be equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed automatic, while all the other models come only with the automatic.

Fuel economy ratings with the base 2.4L 4-cylinder are very impressive, at 24 mpg city, 35 highway. The turbo models aren't that much lower, at 22 city/34 highway. All automatics come with a Sportmatic manual mode. The EX Hybrid pairs the 2.4L engine with a lithium polymer battery and an electric motor to get up to 39 mpg on the highway. It comes with a conventional 6-speed automatic.

The Optima is front-wheel drive, utilizing a 4-wheel independent suspension incorporating MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link layout in back, with anti-roll bars in front. The suspension is tuned to be rather firm compared to some other mid-size sedan models, while electric power steering manages convey some feel of the road in tight corners. Inside, there's enough comfortable space for five adults and the trunk is among the more spacious ones in its class.

Optima LX models include a 6-way adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, SmartKey keyless entry, trip computer, tilt/telescopic steering adjustment and a sound system with satellite radio capability, aux and USB inputs and Bluetooth connectivity. Optima EX models get push-button start, a HomeLink garage-door opener, auto-down front windows and supplementary lighting, while the EX Turbo gets wood trim and metal accents. The top-of-the-line SX is outfitted in the way of sporty European imports, with black and carbon-fiber interior trim, woven black leather upholstery, steering-wheel paddle-shifters and metal pedals with lighted scuff plates.

All the important safety features come standard in the 2012 Kia Optima, including electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, front side airbags, full-length side-curtain bags and front active headrests.

Value Writeup

Altogether, the Optima is one of the sportiest-feeling mid-size sedans in its base configuration, while the Turbo model promises the acceleration and responsiveness of rival V6 models but with true 4-cylinder fuel economy-as high as 24 mpg city and 35 highway, by EPA estimates. It fits Kia's tradition of packing more features and value into their vehicles at the same price as lesser-equipped rival models while actually forging a beautiful new design direction.

A hybrid powertrain continues to be available, and provides impressive fuel economy numbers of 34 city / 39 highway.

Resale value for the new Optima is looking strong. ALG, which supplies residual value data to the auto industry, significantly raised its residuals for this generation Optima compared to the previous model--indicating confidence that this new Optima will be worth much more come trade-in time. Kia also still has one of the strongest warranties in the business, with ten years or 100,000 miles for powertrain and a 5-year, 60,000-mile vehicle warranty and roadside assistance.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification
Midsize Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
39 MPG

Cruising Range - City
584.80 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
34 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
36 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
670.80 mi

Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4


Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
206 combined

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
195 combined

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
4.0 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
102.2 ft³

Front Head Room
40.0 in

Front Leg Room
45.5 in

Front Shoulder Room
57.2 in

Front Hip Room
54.7 in

Second Head Room
37.6 in

Second Leg Room
34.7 in

Second Shoulder Room
55.7 in

Second Hip Room
54.5 in

110.0 in

Length, Overall
190.7 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
72.1 in

Height, Overall
57.1 in

Track Width, Front
63.0 in

Track Width, Rear
63.0 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.3 in

Trunk Volume
9.9 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3490 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.8 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.8 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.2 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
17.2 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Note
24-hour roadside assistance

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

2.4L DOHC MPI 16-valve I4 hybrid PZEV engine -inc: continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor, lithium polymer hybrid battery, virtual engine sound system, aluminum block & head

Engine cover

Push button start

6-speed automatic transmission w/OD, H-Matic -inc: Auto Shift lock system, ECO switch

Front wheel drive

Battery saver w/interior lamp auto-cut

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs

Independent multi-link rear suspension w/coil springs

High performance shock absorbers

Front stabilizer bar

Electric motor-driven pwr steering

Pwr vented front & solid rear disc brakes

Chrome exhaust tip -inc: semi-active muffler

Tire mobility kit

16" x 6.5" silver painted alloy wheels

P205/65R16 Hankook tires

Insulated hood w/gas lifters

Body-colored bumpers

Rear lip spoiler

Body-colored side moldings -inc: unique design w/accents

Bright chrome door molding

Black-gloss front side fender garnish w/chrome accents

Unique grille design

Clear-lens halogen automatic headlights -inc: unique design, projection high-beams, escort lighting

Rear LED high-mounted stop lamp

LED rear combination lamp

Front fog lights

Body-color folding heated pwr mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals

Solar glass windshield w/sunband

Variable intermittent front windshield wipers w/jet washers -inc: aero covers

Body-color door handles w/chrome trim

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player & satellite radio

Aux input jack w/USB port

Bluetooth hands-free calling

In-glass antenna

Front bucket seats -inc: driver pwr lumbar, driver height adjustment, active headrests

Fixed rear bench seat w/adjustable outboard headrests, pass-through

Double rachel cloth seating surfaces -inc: cloth door trim insert

Front center console -inc: armrest, storage, cupholder

Rear center armrest w/cupholder

Plastic door sill scuff plates

Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls -inc: wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls w/voice activation button, ECO switch, illuminated ignition, triple turn signal

Supervision instrument cluster -inc: gauges, clock, rheostat

Trip computer -inc: color LCD display, distance to empty, average speed, drive time, ambient temp, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy

Warning features -inc: parking brake on, key-operated chime, seatbelt reminder, low washer fluid

Pwr windows -inc: driver/front passenger one-touch auto up/down

Pwr door locks -inc: front central locking, auto unlock, driver two-turn unlock, drill-protected lock

SmartKey keyless entry w/panic & alarm function, security indicator -inc: immobilizer, escort light function

Electronic fuel lid release

Carpeted floor mats

Steering wheel-mounted auto cruise control

Dual-zone auto climate control w/rear vents, filter

Rear window defroster w/timer

Cooling glove box -inc: lighting

(2) aux pwr outlets

Door map pockets -inc: integrated front/rear in-door bottle holders

Chrome accent door handles

Overhead sunglass holder

Dual sunvisors w/illuminated covered vanity mirrors, extensions

Dual front assist handles

Time-delay interior dome lamp

Front/rear reading lamps

Leather-wrapped shift knob w/metallic paint accent

Front seatback storage pockets

Rear coat hook

Illuminated trunk w/hinge cover

4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) -inc: active hydraulic boost braking (AHB)

Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control system (TCS)

Hill start assist control (HAC)

Vehicle stability management (VSM)

5-mph bumpers

Side-impact door beams

Front/rear crumple zones

Dual advanced front airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor

Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags

3-point front seat belts -inc: pretensioners, force limiters, height-adjustable anchors, emergency locking retractors

3-point rear seat belts w/emergency locking retractors

Rear child safety door locks

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Dual-note horn

Emergency trunk release handle

Impact-absorbing steering column

Impact-triggered auto door unlocking

















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