What's New for 2012:
- Uvo electronics interface system with voice commands is standard on all but the base trim
- Front seats feature improved ergonomics, according to manufacturer
The 2012 Kia Optima is a midsize sedan that offers a conventional or hybrid power plant. It is based on the Hyundai Sonata platform and is available in five trims: LX, EX, EX Turbo, SX, and Hybrid. The base Optima LX features 16-inch wheels, while the SX features 18-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension.
The base Optima LX features air conditioning, power accessories, automatic headlights, and a sound system that includes satellite radio, CD/MP3 player, and USB input. Other trims gradually add features, topping out with the Optima SX, which boasts leather upholstery, Xenon headlights, and many other upgrades. The Optima Hybrid is basically the EX trim, but with cloth upholstery instead of leather, in addition to the hybrid powertrain.
Various option packages add a navigation system, upgraded sound system, more power features, and heated/ventilated seats to the Optima. Many of the upgrades found on upper trims are available as packages on lower trims. The Hybrid's Premium Technology package includes leather upholstery and 17-inch wheels, as well as technological upgrades.
Under the Hood
The standard power plant in the 2012 Kia Optima LX and EX--a 200-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine--is linked to a 6-speed manual transmission on the LX manual and a 6-speed automatic on others. The Optima EX Turbo and the SX employ a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 274 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. The Kia Optima Hybrid features a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, which combined generates 206 horsepower.
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Kia Optima are:
- Optima with standard engine: 24/34/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Optima with turbocharged engine: 22/34/26 mpg
- Optima Hybrid: 35/40/37 mpg
Standard safety features on the 2012 Kia Optima include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side air bags, side curtain air bags, and hill-start assist.
In government crash tests, the Optima received 5 (out of 5) stars for front- and side-impact crash protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Optima received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for front- and side-impact crash protection.
|LX (M6)||6 speed manual||$19,500||200-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||24/35|
|EX (A6)||6 speed automatic||$23,200||200-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||24/35|
|EX Turbo (A6)||6 speed automatic||$25,100||274-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||22/34|
|SX (A6)||6 speed automatic||$26,500||274-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||22/34|
$22,110–$30,200 Base MSRP
17/26 MPG City/Hwy
$20,705–$29,175 Base MSRP
17/25 MPG City/Hwy
$28,775–$28,775 Base MSRP
41/36 MPG City/Hwy
$23,080–$32,030 Base MSRP
17/26 MPG City/Hwy
$21,480–$31,930 Base MSRP
20/30 MPG City/Hwy