The 2012 Kia Optima is a mid-size sedan equipped with FWD and seating for five. The Optima is offered with two different engines; a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 200 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque and an optional 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that yields 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to the same 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission that enables the Optima to achieve fuel mileage within an EPA estimated range of 22 mpg city to 35 mpg highway. Features include 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, HID headlights, rear camera display, navigation system, heated/cooled seats, leather trim, and interior carbon fiber accents. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control system, brake assist system, electronic brake-force distribution, and tire pressure monitoring. The Optima is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
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
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.