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2012 Kia Optima
2012 Kia Optima
This sedan was all new for 2011 and hasn't seen many updates for the 2012 model year. Aside from a few optional features becoming standard on some trim levels, the Optima remains unchanged. That's not a bad thing, though. Exterior styling has not been touched, thankfully. Bold lines and sporty proportions give the Kia four-door a whole lot of curb appeal at a price that isn't going to keep your kids from going to college someday. The Optima is based on the Hyundai Sonata, but the two cars share no exterior body panels. Using the same running gear as the Sonata, the base engine for the Optima is a 198-hp direct-injected four-cylinder. A 274-hp turbocharged in-line four and a hybrid-drive model round out the power choices. The hybrid gets excellent fuel economy, as expected, but this isn't the most polished hybrid system in the segment. The base engine, actually, gets very good fuel economy, and the turbo adds lots of power without much of a fuel economy penalty. This latest Optima has little to do with the milquetoast Optima sedans that came before. The current version is larger and rides on a longer wheelbase that frees up an additional 2.9 inches of legroom. Available high-end features include heated seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, and a 500-watt Infinity sound system. The 2012 Optima will be built in Kia's plant in West Point, Georgia, alongside the Sorento. Optima hybrids, however, will still be imported from Korea.
Kia Optima Kinetic Motorsports Tent
Going up against such established models as the Ford Mustang, Porsche Cayman and others, few thought the Kia Optima would be a formidable contender in the Pirelli World Challenge series. But the brand's midsize sedan has surprised many in its rookie season, finishing fourth overall in manufacturer and driver standings for the season. Kia's duo of seasoned drivers, Michael Galati and Mark Wilkins, have helped put the brand in a strong position for next year's racing season.
Kia Optima Race Car 36 Michael Galati
Most of us know the Kia Optima as a stylish, value-packed midsize sedan. But this weekend, Kia proved its mettle as a serious motorsports competitor by taking the victory in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class in rounds 8 and 9 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, about 46 miles east of Toronto. Drivers Michael Galati, driving the #36 Optima, took first place in round 8, with his teammate Mark Wilkins taking first in Sunday's round 9 race.
Kia K9 Front Three Quarter
The new, rear-drive Kia K9 officially goes on sale in Korea this week and now we have more details on its powertrain choices and features. The automaker first unveiled its new flagship sedan earlier this year.
2012 Kia Optima Limited Front Three Quarter In Motion
The Kia brand's bold design language, under styling chief -- and Automobile Magazine Man of the Year -- Peter Schreyer, is perhaps most impressive on the Optima mid-size sedan, which was unveiled at the 2010 New York auto show. Consumers took note, snapping up 84,590 Optimas in 2011, nearly doubling the nameplate's previous best year. (That number, however, still puts the model far behind class leaders such as the Toyota Camry, the Nissan Altima, and the Honda Accord, all of which sold more than 250,000 copies last year.) Kia officials expect to move even more Optimas in 2012, as production at the company's two-year-old factory in West Point, Georgia, ramps up fully.
2011 Kia Optima Right Three Quarter
Kia sold 84,590 Optima mid-size sedans last year – three times what it sold in 2010. Kia is expected to increase production of the Optima by 60,000 units at its West Point, Georgia plant. The Korean automaker expanded it capacity at West Point by the same amount last year. Kia told Automotive News that it would use the increase to meet demand of the Kia Optima in North America.

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2012 Kia Optima Specifications

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
35 MPG
200 hp @ 6300rpm
186 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
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