2012 Kia Optima Owner Reviews & Problems
Reviews For Kia Optima
Kia optima is a great value. I am a Kia driver for life.
My optima is not the top of the line but it is mid. It is comfortable and fun to drive. Kia comes with lots of extras standard plus an amazing warranty. The cooling glove box is great during the summer. I take a lot of road trips and its nice to be able to put chocolate or gummy candy in and know it won't melt. Home link is great also. Mine has two so I have it set up to open my garage door and my mothers. You can set it up though to open your garage door and turn lights on. For a mid range luxury car it is an amazing value. My optima gets great gas mileage also. On a 780 mile road trip I only need fill up once about half way through my trip. This car also has a lot of head and leg room. I also enjoy the auto dimming rear view mirror. The seats are all leather with a leather steering wheel. The optima has loads of trunk space. In the back seat the middle console pulls down for two drink holders plus drink holders in the doors. The cup holders in the front seat are good size and fits the large cups. There is only one thing about my optima that I wish I could change, the passenger seat sits low so if you are of average height it looks as if the driver is driving on the side of the road. I have now owned this vehicle for 6 years and have had no problems. It is the most reliable car I have ever owned. I must say I am a Kia driver for life. My next new purchase will be another optima but what will be awhile as I still have 4 more years left on my warranty.
Great overall vehicle, especially for the price! Tons of safety features.
So far, my car has been very reliable. I have not had any major mechanical issues with it. I have only had to replace one part in the steering wheel that threw my alignment off, but it was a simple fix at the mechanic’s. It is very comfortable to ride in, even on long trips. There are some blind spots though, when trying to see cars that may be in your way when you want to change lanes. There are nice features, including auto dimming rear view mirror, which helps dim the lights from cars behind you. It has heat strips on the back window for when it gets cold. You can sync the car with your garage door, so you can open it from the vehicle itself and do not need to use an actual garage door opener. You cannot lock the keys in the car, because mine is push to start and the car can sense the key fob inside. If you unlock the car but do not open the doors within a certain amount of time, the car will lock itself back, which is a nice safety feature. When pushing the lock/unlock button on the door handle, it only unlocks the driver side door with one push and two pushes of the button unlocks all of the doors. Again, another nice safety feature. When approaching the car, the inside lights will turn on when it senses the key fob.
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.
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.
An interesting feature: it has automatic dimming rear view mirror.
I really can't complain much about my car! There are some blind spots, in my opinion, which sometimes make it difficult to see cars when changing lanes. It has Bluetooth connection, so my phone will automatically connect to my car after the first time syncing them. It has automatic dimming rear view mirror which helps with the lights on the cars behind me at night. My car has leather interior, which has held up very well over the years. There is one spot that has sort of peeled on the passenger armrest of the door, but it is just maintenance to keep up with it that I need to do. It gets great gas mileage! I average probably 32 on the highway and about 28 around town. I have been very happy with the purchase of my Kia optima! Great value for the price.
2012 Kia Optima SX is a luxury car with an affordable sticker.
The vehicle is a great value for the cost. It is comfortable and stylish with plenty of room for 4 large adults. The performance of the vehicle is nice as well equipped with the 2.0 turbo motor. There are many amenities with the vehicle that would be expected of a higher price vehicle. Maintenance is easy. However there was a recall due to a bag crankshaft. The engine failed at 59000 miles and was replaced by recall. I have not had the pleasure of getting any warranty work on the vehicle, but from what I have heard the dealers are not helpful in getting claims. Over all I would recommend one especially if the motor has been replaced as it carries a 150000 mile 15 year warranty.
If you are wanting high performance than don't get the hybrid version.
I have had a Kia optima hybrid for almost 3 years now. It has, for the most part, been very reliable. The only major issue I have had so far was having to get the transmission replaced, which is a big deal, but the 100, 000 mile bumper to bumper warranty is great and covered it 100%. It is very spacious and comfortable. I absolutely love the backup camera, as well as Bluetooth and Sirius radio capabilities. I would highly recommend this car, especially for small families and college students.
I think the sunroof is awesome for stargazing.
It is dependable, a hybrid, great for road trips, very reliable comfort seats 4 people, features in my car is the front seats can be cooled or heated, the driver can have a warm steering wheel. There is no lighter or ashtrays which I think is awesome. The windows are electric. The driver can make sure that the windows up or down. Sunroof can be open or closed. Both front seat and back seats can look up and see the trees, the stairs, etc..
The Kia is a good car for a single person and/ or couple with no kids.
The car is stylish and the ride is nice. Coming from a 300 the gas mileage is lovely, especially on the highway. Depending on the size of your family, the car is small. My family is growing and kids are tall so it does not provide much space in the rear seats. Not sure why but my backup camera has stopped working and some other little things that have messed up that needs to be fixed that they say is common with this car.
An honest opinion of my 2012 Kia Optima
I love the features - great sound system, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel and the panoramic moonroof. The car has been reliable and now has 122,000 miles on it as well. Only major complaint is the volume of factory recalls and how out of date the navigation system has become by now. I'm a tall guy, 6'3 and the car is comfortable enough, although my next vehicle will probably be an SUV or truck.