Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,299 - $26,500
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
34 City / 39 HWY
Horsepower
200-274
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,299 - $26,500
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
34 City / 39 HWY
Horsepower
200-274
Seats
5

Kia Optima Ranked #7 by Owners

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 3.8 Comfort 3.6 Styling 4.3 Value 4.1

Editor's Overview

What a difference good looks make for the 2012 Kia Optima. The previous version of the model was an also-ran, but its newfound exterior style and improved quality have buyers flocking to...

Kia Optima Models & Trims

Hybrid $9,811 - $11,438*
Horsepower: 206 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
LX $8,299 - $9,968*
Horsepower: 200 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 in. - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
EX $12,278 - $14,005*
Horsepower: 200 hp - 274 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4, Turbocharged Gas I4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SX $26,500
Horsepower: 274 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I4
Standard Seating: Leather, Cloth
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.39

165 Reviews

56% 32% 8% 2% 1%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

attractive mid-size. Easily seats 5. Hybrid offers welcomed fuel efficiency.

The transmission as an issue. Not engaging sometimes when I press gas to 'pass' for example. It also does not engage quickly when changing from reverse to drive (and can roll for up to 3 seconds at times). I have brought it in - and Kia service continues to tell me they cannot diagnose. Funny that my extended warranty is about to expire. I am sure they'll diagnose just fine after it runs out. I have no trust in them being honest with their efforts. The car itself is comfortable and attractive. The Bluetooth pairing is very reliable. I like the backup camera (first vehicle that I have had with that feature). The ac and heat work well and quickly. The blind spots are big and I have had to get used to that. And this car, which I bought used, has very dark window tint. Such that I have to open the window at night when making a turn to make sure there are no pedestrians involved. I neither the money nor time to change the tint. I live in Arizona, so removing completely is not an option.

- Renee E

I was skeptical about purchasing a Kia but I have been pleasantly surprised!

I absolutely love my Kia optima. I bought it new in 2012. The leather seats are comfortable and it is spacious enough to ride for extended periods of time. It has both heat and cooled seats in the front, and cooled seats in the back which makes it comfortable for everyone. I really like its sporty appearance. The turbo charged engine gives it enough power that you do not realize it is a 4 cylinder engine. The only thing I have had to replace is a battery so the dependability has been wonderful. I would strongly recommend this car to anyone. It has a large trunk which is helpful when buying groceries or hauling equipment for your kids. The panoramic sunroof is nice because it provides plenty of sunlight and a pretty view. This is the first care I have owned with a backup camera and it has definitely helped when parking in tight spaces. I have been very satisfied with my Kia. I have no complaints.

- Price D

Six-year-old Kia optima 2012 motor died?

I had bought my Kia optima in 2012, it was brand new. This year be in 2018 my car of six-year died. I took it back to the dealership to find out that it was my motor that gave out. I was confused being that my car was only six years old. Never have I had a problem with my Kia optima. Every time the light came on for an oil change or tire pressure I always got it done. It wasn’t until my motor died that I had a problem with the car. From having to pay 8000 fix it, the Kia dealership gave me an option to get a new car. This was not an option for me only because it was six years old car am I three payments away from paid off. This is my only problem with the car. I was able to work it out with the dealership where I didn't have to pay for the motor but instead for just labor. Still not happy about this however, it what is a good reliable car.

- Renee T

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$9,811 - $11,438
$8,299 - $9,968

Horsepower

Horsepower
206 hp
200 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC MPI 16
2.4L DOHC GDI 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
45.5 in.
45.5 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40 in.
40 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.7 in.
34.7 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
9.9 cu. ft.
15.4 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional
Not Available

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Optional
Optional

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Optional
Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum, Steel

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Not Available

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/65R16
P205/60R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110 in.
110 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.8 ft.
35.8 ft.

Length

Length
190.7 in.
190.7 in.

Width

Width
72.1 in.
72.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3490 .lbs
3206 - 3223 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
206 combined hp
200 hp

Torque

Torque
195 combined ft. lbs.
186 ft. lbs.

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
Standard
Not Available

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
17.2 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
37 mpg
30 mpg

City

City
34 mpg
24 mpg

Highway

Highway
39 mpg
35 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Not Available
Standard

Overdrive

Overdrive
Standard
Not Available
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Auto Leveling Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlights
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Assistance

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings