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EX Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$23,200 - $25,100
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22-24 City / 34-35 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.4L DOHC GDI 16-valve I4 engine -inc: variable intake system, aluminum block & head
  • 2.0L DOHC GDI 16-valve I4 turbo engine -inc: variable intake system, aluminum block & head
  • Engine cover
  • Push button start
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD, Sportmatic shifter, H-Matic -inc: Auto Shift lock system, ECO switch
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery saver w/interior lamp auto-cut
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension w/coil springs
  • Dual-flow shock absorbers
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Electric motor-driven pwr steering
  • Pwr vented front & solid rear disc brakes -inc: oversize discs
  • Pwr vented front & solid rear disc brakes
  • Dual exhaust w/chrome tips -inc: semi-active muffler
  • Tire mobility kit

Exterior Features

  • 17" x 6.5" silver painted alloy wheels
  • P215/55R17 tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Insulated hood w/gas lifters
  • Body-colored bumpers
  • Body-colored side moldings
  • Bright chrome door molding
  • Black-gloss front side fender garnish w/chrome accents
  • Chrome grille
  • Black gloss & chrome grille
  • Clear-lens halogen automatic headlights w/black bezel -inc: escort lighting, projection high-beams
  • Rear LED high-mounted stop lamp
  • LED rear combination lamp
  • Front fog lights
  • Body-color folding heated pwr mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals
  • Solar glass windshield w/sunband
  • Variable intermittent front windshield wipers w/jet washers
  • Body-color door handles w/chrome trim

Entertainment Features

  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player & satellite radio
  • Aux input jack w/USB port
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling
  • In-glass antenna

Interior Features

  • Front bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, driver pwr lumbar, driver height adjustment
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat w/adjustable outboard headrests
  • Leather seating surfaces -inc: artificial leather door trim insert & armrest, artificial leather center console trim
  • Front center console -inc: armrest, storage, cupholder
  • Rear center armrest w/cupholder
  • Plastic door sill scuff plates
  • Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls -inc: wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls w/voice activation button, ECO switch, illuminated ignition
  • Trip computer -inc: distance to empty, average speed, drive time, ambient temp, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy
  • Warning features -inc: parking brake on, key-operated chime, seatbelt reminder, low washer fluid
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver/front passenger one-touch auto up/down
  • Pwr door locks -inc: front central locking, auto unlock, driver two-turn unlock, drill-protected lock
  • SmartKey keyless entry w/panic & alarm function, security indicator -inc: immobilizer, escort light function
  • Electronic fuel lid release
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Steering wheel-mounted auto cruise control
  • Dual-zone auto climate control w/rear vents, filter
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Cooling glove box -inc: lighting
  • (2) aux pwr outlets
  • Door map pockets -inc: integrated front/rear in-door bottle holders, dual front mood lamps
  • Chrome accent door handles
  • Wood trim door & center console accents -inc: metallic gear shift indicator bezel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror -inc: HomeLink garage door opener & compass
  • Overhead sunglass holder
  • Dual sunvisors w/illuminated covered vanity mirrors, extensions
  • Dual front assist handles
  • Time-delay interior dome lamp -inc: auto interior light control
  • Front/rear reading lamps -inc: front pin lamp
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob w/wood accent
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob w/metallic grain accents
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Rear coat hook
  • Illuminated trunk w/hinge cover

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control system (TCS)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • 5-mph bumpers
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Dual advanced front airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor
  • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side airbags
  • Front/rear side curtain airbags
  • 3-point front seat belts -inc: pretensioners, force limiters, height-adjustable anchors, emergency locking retractors
  • 3-point rear seat belts w/emergency locking retractors
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Dual-note horn
  • Emergency trunk release handle
  • Impact-absorbing steering column
  • Impact-triggered auto door unlocking

Options & Packages

2012 Kia Optima Owner Reviews

210 Reviews
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Sporty mom car for hauling teenagers!

2012 Kia Optima EX

The car is fantastic! It has the size and comfort of a midsize car, but looks sporty and is eye catching. I love the panoramic sunroof which adds to the sporty look. . The Kia optima has plenty of get-up-and-go, but is really great in the fact that there is also the economic/environmental feature available for better gas mileage. Even when it is in the eco mode I still have nothing to worry about if I need to punch it and get the car to move fast. . I have had virtually no issues with the car, and when anything does seem off, the dealership service center had been amazing. . As a mom of teenage twins it is a perfect size that has grown with us since they were in the first grade. The car has served us well moving from toddler car seats to carting around my teenage twins and their friends. It has plenty of legroom, both front and back, the seats are incredibly comfortable and the heated seats in both the front and back seats is always a hit during cold weather. . I believe my only complaint I would have about a car has nothing to do with performance but more with the interior of the car. I chose leather seats because I had small children and did not want cloth seats that would stain. Unfortunately what we have found is that the leather seats are still easily discolored and I have not been able to figure out a solution to get them clean. . The only other issue that we have had with the vehicle is the rear backup camera which works intermittently. When we discussed it with the dealership about how best to fix it there really was no good answer other than it was a common problem but it is not something that was covered under warranty and we could replace it but the cost was prohibitive.

- Heather C

2012 Kia Optima EX with Entertainment Package.

2012 Kia Optima EX

The 2012 Kia Optima EX is a great vehicle. The only problem I encountered in the 6 years I have owned it is slight tearing on the arm rest where I rest my elbow. Performance wise the vehicle has lived up to my expectations, it's extremely fast for the smaller size motor it has. I have only had to replace a few minor suspension parts recently, but it's expected on a vehicle with 100k miles. I have taken the vehicle on many 6+ hour car rides and not felt uncomfortable on any of them. I have the entertainment package which includes an infinity sound system which I thoroughly enjoy and compare to any Bose system in quality.

- Chris D

Great value for a family car.

2012 Kia Optima EX

This car has been a good car for me and my family. We had a few issues right off the bat, for example it did not come with a spare tire and the fuel injector stop working within the first month, but after those and a few minor things we have not had any problems since. We did get a recall notice but the dealership corrected the problem free of charge and within a couple of hours. It is a nice ride and gets fairly good gas mileage, which has helped on some long trips across country. Handles well and is very responsive to the driver and with the ability to control which gear you are in gives a little extra kick.

- Craig H

Kia Optima. Love the comfortable seats, they have Heating and cooling.

2012 Kia Optima EX

I have honestly never had any issues with my car. I did need a new engine at almost 100,000 miles but it was covered under my warranty. Kia is a great company and made me feel comfortable every step of the way with anything I needed anytime I went into the dealership. The Kia Optima is very reliable. Everyone I know that has one says the same. My car has a lot of features that a lot of luxury cars don't even have. I would only want to upgrade to a newer year but definitely not a new brand.

- Amanda J

This Ex model is for Excellent!

2012 Kia Optima EX

My Kia Optima is a 2012 and you would never know it. Most people think it is a 2019. It rides so smooth and is so comfortable to sit in. The handling is great. I really like that the seat has so many adjustments options, it really makes for a comfortable ride. Great sound system. Everything in this car is factory, no aftermarket modifications. There really is not anything I would change on this model. It even makes sitting in traffic tolerable.

- Kristin S

Why I love my Kia Optima car!

2012 Kia Optima EX

My car gets such good gas mileage, I have not had any major problems with it. Everybody that has ever driven it complements how well it handles and what a comfortable ride it is. It has all the features that I would ever want for a car, air conditioning with dual controls, Bluetooth, adjustable seating, garage opening capabilities, keyless start and the one feature that I like most, you cannot lock the door opener in the car.

- Helen G

The optima: the last car you will ever buy.

2012 Kia Optima EX

I absolutely love my Kia optima. It is comfortable and fun to drive and it gets great gas mileage. The Kia optima handles great in short city driving as well as has plenty of room and comfort features for long trips. The optima is a great looking car, it has the look a of a sporty expensive car without the price. I have never had any type of issue with my Kia, I maintain routine maintenance and there are no issues.

- Bobbi W

Sporty mid size sedan that's comfortable and easy to drive.

2012 Kia Optima EX

The car is very comfortable offering a spacious feel inside with ample trunk space that holds a lot when traveling. The drive is very smooth and can handle very well in the snow with the 2 wheel drive. I love that it warms up or cools down quite quick when you start the vehicle. The location of the buttons to control the radio and phone calls is very convenient.

- Marilyn W

Radio. Bluetooth . Automatic windows . Adjustable steering wheel.

2012 Kia Optima EX

Love my car! Nice features, easy to fix if things get broken! There was issues with recalls and I was able to get them fixed right away! I sometimes wish they had a little more room on the inside! But it is perfect for my small family! Love the radio features and the Bluetooth you could call or send messages without picking up your phone.

- Tiara B

Kia Optima EX 2012 Review

2012 Kia Optima EX

The Kia Optima is a fast 4 door sedan with leather in the inside. It gathers speed very fast on take off. The car has a push engine start/stop button, you can have satellite radio for a price, my does not come with navigation system but in the later models it does. The turn signals are noticeable on the right and left side of the mirrors.

- L W

Best car I have ever owned.

2012 Kia Optima EX

I've had this car for 2 years now and have had many recalls or extended warranties on it from Kia. They take really good care of their customers. This has been the most reliable car I have ever had and it is very room. I just recently had a baby and it fits the car seat well, the trunk fits the stroller and the pack n play easily.

- Casey D

Kia Optima Pros and Cons for a small family

2012 Kia Optima EX

I have owned this be hole for 7 years and it has been reliable. It is. Larger Sudan so there is plenty of room for a small family. I have kept low mileage for the car's age and have had a few repairs. The alternator went out early, the low pressure pump and the water tank. All of which when out earlier than some other vehicles.

- Christina J

Heated/cooled leather seats and moonroof.

2012 Kia Optima EX

The vehicle is very comfortable. It has heated and cooled leather seats that are comfortable on the lower back. I love the moon roof. It has had some ongoing issues of a warped hub which the whole hub and wheel bearing have been replaced several times. If I had the choice to buy a Kia again, I do not think I would.

- Erin B

My car is silver, it has pretty decent gas mil

2012 Kia Optima EX

It haven't had issues, something goes wrong with the oil fuel. I just had the starter broken with my car. The battery was weak. Other than that it's a nice car, I love the color and the inside of it. I don't think it's an performance car but it is pretty nice. The seats are really comfy and it's easy to drive it.

- Danielle B

2012 Kia Optima is a great car at a great price.

2012 Kia Optima EX

No major problems that Kia hasn't been proactive in covering with great warranty and customer service. Car rides smooth and relatively quiet. Fuel consumption is on low side, but within rating. Tech interface was outdated even at my time of purchase in 2012. Overall great car at a great price with great service.

- Ryan S

2012 Kia optima ex review.

2012 Kia Optima EX

Love my Kia optima ex. It is dependable, spacious enough to haul around me, my wife and three kids under five in three car seats in the rear. Kia has always been proactive about any factory services needed and the service department has been supportive as well. Highly recommended.

- Mark T

Just amazing. It really looks like a luxury car.

2012 Kia Optima EX

There are a few recalls but Kia informs you and covers the replacement 100%. Kia has come a long way. My car is more like a luxury car but with comfort. So far so good with dependability. It had surround sound which is a huge plus for me because I love music. I love my car!

- Nicole C

My Car I like the GPS system it has built in, I also like the hands free..

2012 Kia Optima EX

My vehicle is very reliable. It is a turbo and has a lot of get up and go. It also has economy fueling and will save you some money on gas. It has a nice stereo and a great heater and air conditioner. It also has heated and cooled seats. It's a very smooth ride.

- Ann A

2012 Kia optima great value.

2012 Kia Optima EX

The 2012 Kia optima has been a wonderful car. Great feeling ride and look, good fuel mileage and tons of cabin and trunk space. You get all the extras and feel of a luxury without having to pay the luxury price. Also came with the best warranty in the business.

- Mark S

The 2012 Kia optima: great on gas mileage.

2012 Kia Optima EX

This car has been great for me and my family. Great on gas mileage, no problems so far with the engine. Love how spacious the trunk is. The fabric on the seats is easy to clean, Bluetooth works great and easy to use. Plenty of cup holders throughout the car.

- Amber S

2012 Kia optima performance review.

2012 Kia Optima EX

There is a rattling in the steering wheel when go 70 mph or higher. The engine is great, the interior is very nice and comfortable. Large amount of trunk space. Rides very smoothly. Great amount leg room in the back seat. Nice exterior color and style.

- Daniel C

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