2012 Kia Optima Expert Review
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.