2012 Kia Optima

  • Type: Sedan
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2012 Kia Optima Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Midsize Car of 2012

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Kia Optima after 90-days of ownership.
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning
  • Comfort of the driver's seat

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Kia Optima during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Quietness of the vehicle interior
  • Smoothness of vehicle's ride
  • Ease of getting in and out of the vehicle

Performance Specs

MPG City

22 - 34


34 - 39


200 - 274


6 speed, Automatic w/manual shift, 6 speed, Manual


Gas I4, Gas/Electric I4, Turbocharged Gas I4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Kia Optima Review

With its clean design sophisticated lines excellent visibility and great standard features the 2012 Optima is giving the competition a run for their money! Under the hood lies a 200 or 274 horsepower 4-cylinder engine. Its High-performance dampers help deliver precise handling and a remarkably smooth ride. The 6-speed Sportmatic transmission provides a choice between traditional automatic-mode and manual sport-style shifting. Hands free simplicity comes in the form of Bluetooth wireless standard on every new Optima. The 6 speaker sound system or available 8 speaker Infinity audio system USB/auxiliary input jacks and 3 months of satellite radio combine to create an outstanding performance for the ears. It’s as fun to be behind the wheel as it is safe. By monitoring the severity of an impact the presence of a front passenger seat belt use and airbag inflation … Optima’s advanced safety system prepares for the unexpected. It also comes standard with electronic-brake force distribution front and rear crumple zones and an impact absorbing steering column. The 2012 Kia Optima. Not your average Mid-Size Sedan.

J.D. Power Award Winner

Performance Award Winner

Awarded to the models with the highest owner ratings for design and performance after the first 90 days of ownership
2012 Kia Optima JD Power Award Winner
2012 Kia Optima

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